Tuesday, January 18, 2022

More NSW schools added to Cooler Classrooms Program

The NSW Government is adding an additional 37 schools to the Cooler Classrooms Program, taking the total number to 959 schools across NSW benefitting from this investment.

The program, announced in 2018, is a five-year $500 million commitment to deliver heating, cooling and fresh air ventilation in NSW public schools. This is the first time there has been a dedicated program to install air-conditioning in schools with those in the hottest parts of the state prioritised.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the program is ahead of schedule for the existing 922 schools receiving the system, and she was thrilled to add more schools to the program.

“Our focus has been on our existing delivery priorities including 611 schools in the hottest parts of NSW. I am pleased that we are now in a position to include an additional 37 schools in the program, enhancing the learning environments for students and teachers at NSW public schools,” Ms Mitchell said.

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The systems installed as part of the Cooler Classrooms Program incorporate ‘smart systems’ technology that offer heating, cooling, and the provision of outside fresh air. The units will automatically shut-down after hours and will be powered by solar technology and battery storage to off-set energy usage at more than 300 schools.

As part of the program, more than 3,000 gas heaters are being removed from classrooms and learning spaces. Here are the names of 37 schools that have been included in the Cooler Classrooms Program:

  1. Bathurst West Public School
  2. Bellbird Public School
  3. Bidwill Public School
  4. Blacktown Girls High School
  5. Blacktown West Public School
  6. Bringelly Public School
  7. Chifley College Bidwill Campus
  8. Clarence Town Public School
  9. Denison College of Secondary Education (Bathurst)
  10. Denison College of Secondary Education (Kelso)
  11. Dungowan Public School
  12. Eglinton Public School
  13. Elizabeth Macarthur High School
  14. Ellison Public School
  15. Hambledon Public School
  16. Harrington Park Public School
  17. Katoomba High School
  18. Luddenham Public School
  19. Macksville High School
  20. Macksville Public School
  21. Millers Forest Public School
  22. Minchinbury Public School
  23. Modanville Public School
  24. Mount Annan High School
  25. Mount Kanwary Public School
  26. Narellan Public School
  27. Plumpton Public School
  28. Quakers Hill East Public School
  29. Rossmore Public School
  30. St Clair High School
  31. St Clair Public School
  32. The Rivers Sec College Richmond River High Campus
  33. The Rivers Secondary College Lismore High Campus
  34. Thornton Public School
  35. Tuntable Creek Public School
  36. Wingham High School
  37. Wyrallah Road Public School
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