'Safety highest priority': Hundreds of schools closed due to bushfire risk

NSW is facing what could be the most dangerous bushfire week in Australia’s history with hundreds of schools closing ahead of catastrophic and unprecedented conditions.

A catastrophic fire danger rating - the highest possible level - is in place for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra Shoalhaven areas.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said in a statement, “safety remains the number one priority”.

The photo shows a truck engulfed in flames at a property at Old Bar, NSW.
A truck on fire in Old Bar, NSW. Source: AAP

“If it is not safe to travel to school please do not attend and inform your school,” she said.

“We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and work with emergency services to operate our schools safely. Further school closures may occur throughout the week.”

Hundreds of schools and a few TAFE campuses throughout NSW will remain closed on Tuesday while a number in Queensland also won’t open their doors.

A firefighter defends a property in Torrington, near Glen Innes.
A firefighter fights a blaze in Torrington, NSW. Source: AAP

Closed NSW public schools

Afterlee Public School

Aldavilla Public School

Alfords Point Public School

Annangrove Public School

Arcadia Vale Public School

Avoca Beach Public School

Awaba Public School

Bald Blair Public School

Balgowlah North Public School

Barkers Vale Public School

Barnsley Public School

Baryulgil Public School

Bates Drive School

Schoolgirls walking hand in hand at school.
Hundreds of NSW schools will remained closed on Tuesday due to bushfires. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Beechwood Public School

Bellbrook Public School

Bellingen High School

Bellingen Public School

Belltrees Public School

Ben Lomond Public School

Berowra Public School

Bilgola Plateau Public School

Bilpin Public School

Biraban Public School

Black Hill Public School

Black Mountain Public School

Blackheath Public School

Blacksmiths Public School

Blaxland East Public School

Blaxland High School

Blaxland Public School

Blue Haven Public School

Boambee Public School

Bobin Public School

Bomaderry Public School

Bomaderry High School

Bonnells Bay Public School

Bonnet Bay Public School

Bonville Public School

Booral Primary School

Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Bowraville Central School

Brewongle Environmental Education Centre

Brisbania Public School

Brooklyn Public School

Bundeena Public School

Bungwahl Public School

Buxton Public school

Callala Public School

Camden Haven High School

Camden Park Environmental Education Centre

Captains Flat Public School

Cardiff High School

Cascade Environmental Education Centre

Cattai Public School

Caves Beach Public School

Central Mangrove Public School

Cessnock East Public School

Chandler Public School

Chatham High School

Chatham Public School

Chifley College Dunheved

Chifley College Senior

Cobbitty Public School

Coffee Camp Public School

Collins Creek Public School

Colo Heights Public School

Colo High School

Colo Vale Public School

Comboyne Public School

Comleroy Road Public School

Como West Public School

Congewai Public School

Cook School

Coolongolook Public School

Coopernook Public School

Cooranbong Public School

Copacabana Public School

Copmanhurst Public School

Coramba Public School

Corindi Public School

Coutts Crossing Public School

Cowan Public School

Crescent Head Public School

Crossmaglen Public School

Cundletown Public School

Dapto High School

Dapto Public School

Deepwater Public School

Dora Creek Public School

Dorrigo High School

Dorrigo Public School

Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre

Dudley Public School

Dundurrabin Public School

Dunoon Public School

Ebor Public School

Elands Public School

Ellerston Public School

Ellison Public School

Emmaville Central School

Empire Bay Public School

Emu Heights Public School

Engadine West Public School

Eungai Public School

Falls Creek Public School

Fassifern Public School

Faulconbridge Public School

Fennell Bay Public School

Fern Bay Public School

Field Of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Frederickton Public School

Freemans Reach Public School

Galston High School

Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

Girrakool School

Glen William Public School

Glenbrook Public School

Glenreagh Public School

Glenvale School

Glossodia Public School

Goolmangar Public School

Goonengerry Public School

Grays Point Public School

Green Hill Public School

Grose View Public School

Guyra Central School

Gwandalan Public School

Hallidays Point Public School

Hannam Vale Public School

Harrington Public School

Havenlee School

Hawkesbury High School

Firefighters tackle a bushfire to save a home in Taree, 350km north of Sydney.
Firefighters work to save a home in Taree. Source: Getty Images

Hazelbrook Public School

Heathcote East Public School

Helensburgh Public School

Henry Fulton Public School

Hernani Public School

Herons Creek Public School

Hill Top Public School

Hillside Public School

Holgate Public School

Hopetown School

Hornsby Heights Public School

Huntingdon Public School

Huskisson Public School

Illaroo Road Public School

Illawarra Environmental Education Centre

Illawong Public School

Jannali Public School

Jerrys Plains Public School

Jiggi Public School

Jilliby Public School

Johns River Public School

Kangaroo Valley Public School

Karangi Public School

Kariong Mountains High School

Katoomba High School

Katoomba North Public School

Katoomba Public School

Kemps Creek Public School

Kempsey East Public School

Kempsey High School

Kempsey South Public School

Kempsey West Public School

Kendall Public School

Kenthurst Public School

Kentlyn Public School

Kincumber High School

Kincumber Public School

Kitchener Public School

Krambach Public School

Kulnura Public School

Ku-ring-gai High School

Kurmond Public School

Kurrajong East Public School

Kurrajong North Public School

Kurri Kurri High School

Laguna Public School

Lake Cathie Public School

Lake Munmorah High School

Lake Munmorah Public School

Lansdowne Public School

Lapstone Public School

Larnook Public School

Laurieton Public School

Lawson Public School

Leura Public School

Lindfield Learning Village

Lisarow High School

Lisarow Public School

Loftus Public School

Long Flat Public School

Longneck Lagoon Environmental Education Centre

Lowanna Public School

Lucas Heights Community School

Luddenham Public School

Macdonald Valley Public School

Main Arm Upper Public School

Manly Vale Public School

Manning Gardens Public School

Maroota Public School

Marsden Park Public School

Martins Creek Public School

Marton Public School

Matthew Pearce Public School

Medlow Public School

Megalong Public School

Melville High School

Menai High School

Menai Public School

Merewether Heights Public School

Milbrodale Public School

Milton Public School

Mingoola Public School

Minmi Public School

Mitchells Island Public School

Modanville Public School

Moorland Public School

Morisset Public School

Mount Brown Public School

Mount George Public School

Mount Hutton Public School

Mount Keira Demonstration School

Mount Kembla Public School

Mount Kuring-gai Public School

Mount Riverview Public School

Smoke covers Bondi Beach on November 12, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.
Smoke covers Bondi Beach on Tuesday morning. Source: Getty Images

Mount Victoria Public School

Mulgoa Public School

Mullaway Public School

Nabiac Public School

Nana Glen Public School

Narara Valley High School

Narranga Public School

New Lambton Heights Infants School

Nimbin Central School

Nords Wharf Public School

North Gosford Learning Centre

North Haven Public School

North Nowra Public School

Nowra Hill Public School

Nymboida Public School

Oakville Public School

Oatley West Public School

Old Bar Public School

Orama Public School

Orara High School

Orara Upper Public School

Otford Public School

Ourimbah Public School

Oxley Island Public School

Pacific Palms Public School

Palm Avenue School

Peats Ridge Public School

Pelaw Main Public School

Penrith Valley School

Penrose Public School

Pleasant Heights Public School

Point Clare Public School

Pretty Beach Public School

Raleigh Public School

Repton Public School

Rollands Plains Upper Public School

Rossmore Public School

Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Rukenvale Public School

Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre

Samuel Gilbert Public School

Sanctuary Point Public School

Sandy Beach Public School

Sandy Hollow Public School

Scarborough Public School

Scone High School

Sir Eric Woodward School

Somersby Public School

Springwood High School

Springwood Public School

St Georges Basin Public School

St Helens Park Public School

St Ives North Public School

Stanford Merthyr Infants School

Stanwell Park Public School

Sussex Inlet Public School

Swansea High School

Tangara School

Tanilba Bay Public School

Taree High School

Taree Public School

Taree West Public School

Telegraph Point Public School

Terrey Hills Public School

Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre

Tharawal Public School

The Beach School

The Channon Public School

The Risk Public School

Tinonee Public School

Tomaree High School

Tomaree Public School

Tomerong Public School

Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus

Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus

Tuggerah Public School

Tuntable Creek Public School

Turramurra High School

Tyalla Public School

Ulong Public School

Upper Coopers Creek Public School

Upper Lansdowne Public School

Urbenville Public School

Vincentia High School

Vincentia Public School

Vineyard Public School

Wakefield School

Wallacia Public School

Wamberal Public School

Warragamba Public School

Warrumbungle National Park Environmental Education Centre

Warrimoo Public School

Waterfall Public School

Wentworth Falls Public School

Whian Whian Public School

Whitebridge High School

Wiangaree Public School

Willawarrin Public School

William Bayldon Public School

Wilsons Creek Public School

Wideview Public School

Windellama Public School

Windsor Park Public School

Wingham Brush Public School

Wingham High School

Wingham Public School

Winmalee High School

Winmalee Public School

Wirreanda Public School

Wisemans Ferry Public School

Woodenbong Central School

Wooglemai Environmental Education Centre

Woolgoolga High School

Woolgoolga Public School

Wooli Public School

Woronora River Public School

Wyong Creek Public School

Wytaliba Public School

Yarrawarrah Public School

Yarrowitch Public School

Closed NSW independent schools

AGBU Alexander Primary School

Alesco Illawarra - Vincentia Campus

Alesco Senior College - Coast Campus

Alesco Senior College - Raymond Terrace

Al-Faisal College, Campbelltown

Al-Faisal College, Liverpool (staff onsite)

Armidale Waldorf School

Aspect Central Coast (all schools including associated satellites)

Aspect Hunter School (main campus)

Aspect Macarthur School (Cobbitty)

Aspect Vern Barnett School, Forestville

Aurora Southern Highlands Steiner School

Avondale School

Belmont Christian College

Berowra Christian School

Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula (Hare Krishna School)

Bishop Druitt College

Blacktown Youth College - Lawson Campus

Blue Mountains Grammar School

Blue Mountains Steiner School

Brightwaters Christian College

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner

Captains Flat Public School

Casuarina School for Steiner Education Coffs Harbour

Central Coast Montessori Primary School

Central Coast Montessori School

Central Coast Sports College

Central Coast Steiner School

Charlton Christian College

Chevalier College

Christadelphian Heritage College Sydney

Chrysalis Steiner School

Coffs Harbour Bible Church School

Coffs Harbour Christian Community School, Bonville Campus

Coffs Harbour Christian Community School, Curacoa Campus

Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre/OSHC

Covenant Christian School

Craig Davis College

Darkinjung Barker College

Dunlea Centre

Farmhouse Montessori Primary School

Farmhouse Montessori School

Forestville Montessori School

Gaulston College

German International School Sydney

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School

Green Point Christian College

Hawkesbury Independent School

Headland Montessori School

Hills Grammar School

Hinterland Christian College

Hunter Trade College

Inaburra School

Irfan College

John Colet School

Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School

Kempsey Adventist College

Kindlehill School

Kinma Preschool & Primary

Korowal School

Kuyper Christian School

Lakes Christian College

Lakes Grammar - An Anglican School

Lindfield Montessori

Lindfield Prep School

Loreto Normanhurst

Lorien Novalis School

Macksville Adventist School

Macquarie College

Mamre Anglican School

Manning Adventist School

Manning Valley Anglican School

Margaret Jurd College

Mater Dei School

Medowie Christian School

Mountains Christian College

Nambucca Valley Christian Community School

Nautilus School Port Macquarie

Newington College - Lindfield Campus

Ngaruki Gulgul (NG) Central School

Northern Beaches Christian School

Northholm Grammar School

Nowra Anglican College

OneSchool Global NSW Illawarra Campus

OneSchool Global NSW Maitland Campus

OneSchool Global NSW Mount Victoria Campus

Oxford Falls Grammar School

Oxley College

Penrith Anglican College

Pete's Place South Blacktown

Port Macquarie Steiner School

Queenwood School Tennis and Sports Centre

Rainbow Ridge School for Steiner Education

Richard Johnson Anglican School, Marsden Park

RIDBC Alice Betteridge School

RIDBC Garfield Barwick School

RIDBC Thomas Pattison School

SEDA College - Olympic Park Campus

Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School

Sherwood Cliffs Primary School

Shire Christian School

St Andrews Christian School

St Columba Anglican School

St Pauls Grammar School

St Phillip's Christian College - Cessnock

St Phillip's Christian College - Port Stephens

St Phillips Christian College DALE Young Parents Waratah

St Phillips Christian College DALE Young Parents Wyong

Sydney Japanese International School

Tallowood Steiner School

Taree Christian School

The King's School, Tudor House (day students only)

The Lakes College

The Nature School

The Scots College, Glengarry Campus

TLK Alesco School

Toronto Adventist School

Trinity Grammar School Field Studies Centre

Tuntable Falls Community School

Warrah Special School

Wollondilly Anglican School

Wycliffe Christian School

Wyong Christian Community School

Yanginanook School

Closed Catholic schools

Adventist Primary School - Toronto

Aetaomah School

Aquinas Catholic College, Menai

Bishop Druitt College

Catholic Early Learning Centre St Michael's, South Blacktown

Catholic OUSH St Finbar's, Glenbrook

Catholic OUSH St Michael’s, South Blacktown

Charlton Christian College

Corpus Christi Primary, Cranebrook

Emmaus College, Kemp's Creek

Heritage Christian School

Holy Cross Catholic Primary , Helensburg

Holy Cross Catholic School, Glendale

Holy Cross Catholic School, Kincumber

Holy Family Catholic Primary, Menai

Holy Family Primary, Luddenham

Holy Name Primary School, Forster

Holy Spirit Primary, Abermain

John Paul College Coffs Harbour St Mary's Campus

Mackillop Catholic College, Warnervale

Mackillop College, Port Macquarie

Marian College, Kenthurst

Macksville Adventist School

Manning District Adventist School

Manning Valley Anglican College

Mary Help of Christians School, Sawtell

Mater Dei Special School, Camden

Mater Maria Catholic College, Warriewood

McAuley Catholic College

McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains

Mount St John's School

Nagle College, South Blacktown

Nambucca Valley Christian Community School

Newman Senior Technical College

Newman Senior Technical College, Port Macquarie

Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic School, West Pymble

Our Lady of the Nativity Primary, Lawson

Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Terrigal

Pacific Valley Christian School

Port Macquarie Adventist School

Rainbow Ridge School for Steiner Education

Rosary Park Catholic School, Branxton

Sherwood Cliffs School

St Agnes' Primary School, Port Macquarie

St Agnes' Primary School

St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Chisholm

St Anthony's Catholic Parish Primary School, Picton

St Bede's Catholic College, Chisholm

St Bernard's Catholic School, Berowra

St Brendan's Catholic School, Lake Munmorah

St Brigid's Catholic College, Lake Munmorah

St Brigid's Primary School, Raymond Terrace

St Brigid's Primary School

St Canice's Primary, Katoomba

St Cathage's Primary School

St Clare's High School, Taree

St Columba's Catholic College, Springwood

St Columba's Catholic College

St Finbar's Primary, Glenbrook

St Francis Xavier Primary School, Woolgoolga

St James' Primary School, Yamba

St John Bosco Catholic Primary, Engadine

St John Bosco College, Engadine

St John Fisher Catholic School, Tumbi Umbi

St John the Baptist Primary, Woy Woy

St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra

St John's College, Woodlawn

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Como

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Dungog

St Joseph's Catholic Primary

St Joseph's Primary School, Bulahdelah

A firefighter talks to residents in Old Bar, NSW.
A firefighter speaks with children in Old Bar. Source: Getty Images

St Joseph's Primary School, Charleston

St Joseph's Primary School, Kilaben Bay

St Joseph's Primary School, MacLean

St Joseph's Primary School, Port Macquarie

St Joseph's Primary School, Taree

St Joseph's Primary School, Wauchope

St Joseph's Primary School, Wingham

St Joseph's Primary School, Woodburn

St Joseph's Primary School

St Joseph's Regional College, Port Macquarie

St Joseph's Regional College

St Joseph's School

St Madeleine's Primary, Kenthurst

St Martin's Catholic School, Davidson

St Mary's Catholic College

St Mary's Catholic School, Toukley

St Mary's Primary School, Warners Bay

St Mary's Primary School

St Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Milton

St Michael's Catholic Parish Primary School, Mittagong

St Michael's Catholic Parish Primary School, Nowra

St Michael's Primary School, South Blacktown

St Patrick's Primary School

St Patrick's Primary School, Macksville

St Paul's Catholic College, Manly

St Paul's Catholic Parish Primary School, Moss Vale

St Paul's High School

St Peter's Catholic College, Tuggerah

St Peter's Primary School, Port Macquarie

St Peter's Primary School

St Pius X Primary School, Windale

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Bowral

St Thomas Aquinas Primary, Springwood

Tallowood School

Taree Christian College

Trinity Catholic College

Trinity Primary School, Kemp's Creek

Tuntable Falls Community Primary School

Vistara Primary School

Xavier College, Llandilo

Closed NSW TAFE campuses

Coffs Harbour (Glenriegh Street)

Firefighters tackle a bushfire to save a home in Taree, 350km north of Sydney.
A fire in Taree is fought by two firefighters. Source: Getty Images

Coffs Harbour Education Campus

Great Lakes TAFE

Hornsby TAFE

Katoomba TAFE

Katoomba TAFE

Kempsey TAFE

Kurri Kurri TAFE

Lithgow TAFE

Loftus TAFE

Macksville TAFE

Ourimbah TAFE

Port Macquarie TAFE

Richmond TAFE

Richmond TAFE

Taree TAFE

Tomaree TAFE

Ulladulla TAFE

Wauchope TAFE

Wentworth Falls TAFE

Wollongbar TAFE

Wyong TAFE

Yallah TAFE

Queensland schools closed

Thornton State School

St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon

Mission Australia Early Learning Fernvale

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