Cheltenham Girls’ High School new Pinkies shade structure
9 April 2021
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Cheltenham Girls’ High School new Pinkies shade structure

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Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser, recently visited Cheltenham Girls High School to see how the students are enjoying their new shade sail structure at Pinkies Café.

Cheltenham Girls High School recently purchased and installed the new single centre post star shade structure. Pinkies café is an outdoor seating area well used by students as a vital meeting place and hub for Cheltenham girls. The new shade has helped to keep the area cool and protected, particularly on hot days.

“I've been looking forward to visiting Cheltenham Girls' High School's new Pinkies Cafe shade structure which is helping students keep cooler in this area during the day,” said Mr Leeser.

Mr Leeser, who also visited the Pinkies Café prior to the shade structure installation, was impressed by the improvement to the outdoor seated area. “Pinkies Cafe is often used by the girls to raise funds for charitable groups. The shade will enable longer hours of use of this great space,” said Mr Leeser.

Principal, Suellen Lawrence said the shade has been a great addition to the school, “The shade structure is an excellence addition to the Pinkies Café area. Depending on the time of day, students use this area as a place to work quietly or to socialise with friends. The shade structure offers protection from the sun and beautifies the area, and the students have expressed their appreciation for its installation.” 

Over $16,000 was contributed to this project by the Coalition Government.  The new shade structure provides 100% UV protection to students, staff and community members. It has extended the Pinkie Cafes hours of use to raise more funds through cafe sales that are then donated to charitable groups. In addition, it has provided local community users with an extra covered outdoor space to hire.

“The Coalition Government recognises the important role that schools play in our community and that’s why we’re funding small projects that will make a big difference at our local schools,” Mr Leeser said.  “It's great to be able to contribute to projects such as these through the Local Schools Community Fund to upgrade the tools our students can learn with.”

The funds are provided as part of the Local Schools Community Fund. For more information about the fund, visit https://www.education.gov.au/local-schools-community-fund