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NSW: Sydney's unique high-rise high school - Arthur Phillip High School, 17 storeys and costing nearly a quarter of a billion dollars has finally opened.

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When students at Sydney's first high-rise high school leave for the day, there's no mass exodus of kids running out the gates and onto the streets of the Parramatta CBD.
Instead the $225 million public school staggers start and finish times to manage up to 2000 students' movements throughout the 17-floor building.
Timetabling is one of many quirks at Arthur Phillip High School, which opened its campus this month after cost blow-outs and delays. But the "one-of-a-kind" school is still dividing experts over its open-plan classrooms and approach to co-teaching.

Arthur Phillip will not operate at full capacity until it settles into its new space. Just 1100 of 2000 possible students are enrolled this year.
"We've certainly had a lot of interest from the wider community about coming here, but we’re going to take our time slowly to grow into our own," Ms Claus said. "I can’t begin to describe what this new school means for my students in terms of the opportunities. I feel truly blessed."
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the "world-class education facility" was designed for high density and population growth in Parramatta, and replicating the model would depend on community needs.

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