Big fan to be a breath of fresh air for pri­mary

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - Ali­cia Per­era

Af­ter years of swel­ter­ing through as­sem­blies, Kar­ratha Pri­mary School stu­dents and staff will be a lot cooler with the in­stal­la­tion of a 3.5m-di­am­e­ter fan in the ceil­ing of the assem­bly area.

The wide fan, which is al­most as big as those at the Kar­ratha air­port ter­mi­nal, was in­stalled last month through a do­na­tion of $20,000 from Kar­ratha Dampier Lions Club.

Prin­ci­pal Will Davis said Lions club mem­bers had of­fered to make a do­na­tion to­wards school equip­ment at the school’s pre­sen­ta­tion night last year, with the P&C com­mit­tee tak­ing them up on the of­fer for an over­head fan to cool the assem­bly area.

Mr Davis said the fan had long been needed and would make a big dif­fer­ence to stu­dent and staff com­fort lev­els in the build­ing.

“This time of year is a bit cooler but for six months of the year it gets ex­tremely hot,” he said.

“This will make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.

“It will mean kids will be able to use the area more of­ten and even in­crease use of the assem­bly area at times when we wouldn’t nor­mally use it.”

Mr Davis said the fan’s un­usual de­sign had been cho­sen be­cause the model had a record of meet­ing the de­mands of the harsh Pil­bara cli­mate.

The P&C‘s Casey West­lake, Lions’ Wayne Dono­hoe and stu­dents.

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