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The fire risk assessment undertaken by the Department of Education and Training has identified non-compliant cladding on the Regeneration or Brockley Street building at our school.

It will be removed shortly and I would like to reassure you that we have had advice from an expert panel (comprising fire engineers, materials engineers, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and building surveyors). The panel has advised that there are no known immediate risks to students and staff.

Additional safety measures have been put in place to further reduce any risk. These include maintaining Essential Safety Measures, such as ensuring exit paths from buildings are clear, running additional fire drills and enforcing our no smoking policy.   We will be diligently checking and documenting these actions to ensure this risk is managed. We have also updated our school’s Emergency Management Plan to reflect these actions.

Building contractors will begin removing and replacing the cladding section by section in the next few weeks.  As replacement of these sections takes place, they will be isolated and the Department is working with us to minimise the impact on students and the wider school community.  We will update you further as work progresses.

All removal and replacement works are scheduled to be completed in December 2019.

Further information about non-compliant cladding is available on the Victorian Building Authority website https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/cladding, and you can contact the school if you have any specific questions or concerns.

Vern Hilditch


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