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September 18, 2020


Colo High School has installed $20,000 worth of new seating thanks to funding secured by Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman.


The modern aluminum bench seating and tables replaced dated and dangerous seats, creating new areas with seating for students.


“This project provided much-needed extra spaces for students to sit comfortably, including in shady areas in the quadrangle and outside the Wellbeing Hub, which are now much more welcoming,” Ms Templeman said.


“Colo High’s P&C and Student Representative Council identified the need for extra seats, and I was really pleased to be able to help deliver them for the school community.


“While it seems like a run-of-the-mill initiative, this is the biggest public high school in the area, and the intention is that the more than 100 parents who volunteer at the school canteen can also use the seating.


“It’s a very practical addition to the playground.”


Ms Templeman was able to test out the seats for herself during a recent visit to the school, where Colo High Principal, Mark Sargent, welcomed the funding.


“These seats have made a positive and long-lasting impact on the school, as students now have a place to go at recess and lunch every day,” Mr Sargent said.


Ms Templeman was also impressed by the school’s Wellbeing Hub - set up to provide students with a safe space in which to study or just take time out – as well as other improvements around the school, from the screens showing student’s artworks to the new sandstone-edged grotto by the dam.


“The quality of teaching in a school is always important, but Governments also need to continually support public schools to maintain and improve their environments,” Ms Templeman said.


“I’m pleased to have been able to help Colo students and their parents make their good ideas a reality,” Ms Templeman said.