Paul Laing and Steph Cooke smile at the camera. They stand in a concrete courtyard and classrooms can be seen behind them.
Principal Paul Laing and Steph Cooke at Barellan Central School

Students and teachers at Barellan Central School are on the way to a brand new air conditioning system with tender awarded for the school’s Cooler Classroom Program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke welcomed the progress on the Cooler Classrooms Program at Barellan Central School and said she looked forward to work beginning soon.

“We need to create the best conditions possible for our students to learn in, and ensuring they can be cool and comfortable in the summer is a huge part of this,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s wonderful news the new system at Barellan Central School is now out to tender, this is one step closer to an improved environment for our students.”

The system will be installed under the NSW Governments five year Cooler Classrooms Program which delivers school wide ventilation systems that allow individual classes to maintain the optimum temperature for learning.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the project at Barellan Central School was part of the NSW Government’s $500 million five-year Cooler Classrooms Program.

“We know the relationship between the quality of learning environments and learning outcomes and we’re committed to providing optimal teaching and learning environments for all students and teachers at NSW public schools.”

As well as cooling, the systems deliver fresh outside air, incorporate smart controls to ensure they operate efficiently, and where feasible, will be solar powered to reduce the financial and environmental impact of running the systems.

The Cooler Classrooms Program is a $500 million, five-year investment by the NSW Government to improve learning environments in public schools across the state.

The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.