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Chatswood High School is the Big Winner

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Chatswood High School is the biggest winner in this year's NSW Community Building Partnership Grants awarded in the electorate of Willoughby. Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport and Member for Willoughby was delighted to advise the school was successful in receiving $70,000 towards the construction of a multipurpose building adjoining the School's Hall.

The Community Building Partnership program seeks to deliver improved community infrastructure for the people of NSW with $35 million being rolled out across the state for projects which support local construction and trade jobs.

Ever increasing student enrolments at Chatswood High have seen the Assembly Hall often not being able to adequately cater to the wide range of school programs and activities. Starting in 2010, the Parents & Citizens Association worked closely with the School Executive to investigate the feasibility of building a multipurpose facility adjoining the hall to provide additional space and meet the growing demands of the school well into the future.

The project was designed by Eastern Nomad, a building company which recently completed a new modular classroom at the School's Intensive English Centre.

The 200m² building will comprise a large open plan area and one or two smaller break out rooms offering a contemporary space, which will not only benefit students, teachers, and parents but also provide a valuable resource for after school community organisations.

With the total project cost estimated at $300,000, P&C President Brooke Keevers inspired by other public schools' achievements through grant submissions, spearheaded the application for a NSW Community Building Partnership Grant late last year. "The government has recognized the need for this project and the benefits to the community by awarding us this money" she said. "It is fantastic to see schools and communities working together in partnership to improve facilities which will make a positive contribution to our society. Together with the Department of Education and Communities' support and some serious fundraising ahead of us, we are confident we will deliver this much needed facility" she added.

Every dollar raised at the "A Night at the Olympics" Trivia Fundraiser on 23rd June will go towards the new building. It promises to be a fun packed event which will include prizes for best dressed tables, giveaways, lucky envelopes, games, silent and live auctions, entertainment and a few rounds of trivia questions. Don't miss out on your chance to win gold, silver or bronze and at the same time help a great cause!