IMPROVED learning environments and classroom comfort will be the result of funding win for Tacking Point Public School.
They were among four Hastings schools to benefit from funding under the NSW government’s Cooler Classrooms program. They are Tacking Point PS, Camden Haven High, Long Flat PS and Comboyne PS.
Schools in areas that have an average maximum January temperature of 30 degrees or more will now automatically receive air conditioning in their classrooms and libraries, while all other schools can apply for funding under the Cooler Classrooms Fund on a needs basis.
Previously only schools with an average maximum January temperature of 33 degrees or more were air-conditioned.
Tacking Point PS principal Phil Harris said the funding will greatly improve student engagement in learning.
“We will receive 24 air conditioning units in 24 classrooms as well as the library,” Mr Harris said.
“This is a huge coup for us and we’ve had the support of the P and C Association for years.”
The school will also receive a solar upgrade to offset the installation of the air conditioning units which will also keep classrooms warm in winter.
“”Kids are walking back to cooked classrooms after recess and lunch, they are sticking to their desks. And the humidity up here is a killr.
“By reducing that we will see more engagement in lessons, cooler rooms, better comfort for the students which will enhance a willingness to learn.”
The funding raised by the P and C Association can now be directed to other school projects.
The first round of applications took place throughout term 3 this year. A second round will open in early 2019.