New COLA a sweet addition to Dubbo School of Distance Education

Dubbo School of Distance Education will receive a multipurpose covered outdoor learning area (COLA) as part of the second wave of funding through the NSW Government’s Regional Renewal Program.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders recently visited the school to announce its successful application for funding, and said the facility will be a wonderful addition for an educational centre that services so many children from across the region.

“This facility will service distance education students who come to Dubbo for weekly residentials and will allow the school to provide physical education options for those students,” Mr Saunders said.

“It’s expected to have a surface that will facilitate basketball, netball and other sports, and will also include a handball wall.

“Distance Ed provides a wonderful service for children who can’t access traditional education and it’s great that they have identified the need for a facility like this, and that we have been able to facilitate its construction.”

Dubbo School of Distance Education principal Deb Murray said the facility will ensure students don’t have to go off-site for physical education.

“In the past we have had to hire other facilities for our students to do PE, but this facility will mean we can do everything we need to do at our current site. It’s very exciting for our school,” she said.

“We also plan to make it available for Buninyong Public School, who we share our location with, when our distance education students aren’t on-site.”

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