New COLA at Exeter Public School thanks to Veolia Mulwaree Trust grant

Jul 20, 2016 by

The COLA located at Sutton Forest Public School before it was relocated to Exeter Public School.

The COLA located at Sutton Forest Public School before it was relocated to Exeter Public School.

Exeter Public School have utilised a grant for $16,550 from Veolia Mulwaree Trust to move a disused COLA (covered outdoor learning area) from the former Sutton Forest Public School to their school.

Sutton Forest Public School closed in December 2014 and therefore their COLA was no longer in use. This presented an opportunity for Exeter Public School to buy the COLA as it became apparent that it would be cheaper for them to dismantle and rebuild the existing COLA than it would be to purchase a new one.

The project was also funded by the Exeter Village Association, Exeter Public School and the School’s P & C Association, who together contributed a further $6,000 towards the COLA relocation.

Mr Andrew Barnes, principal at Exeter Public School said “the new COLA has allowed our students to be involved in outdoor learning during hot weather and to play outside during wet weather. The area is also used by families and community groups to meet on school grounds in a comfortable environment.

Our student population is steadily increasing so it is important that we can now hold assemblies and school performances in the covered outside area, rather than trying to fit into classrooms. This is a much nicer option for everyone involved.”

The Veolia Mulwaree Trust is pleased to assist Exeter Public School with the installation of their new COLA and looks forward to the school community benefitting from the area for many years to come.