‘Fishy Shed' a real drawcard
PATRICK Estate School have been quick to give their new $300,000 outdoor covered learning area a nickname.
The new facility, officially opened on Friday was provided through the Federal Government's Building the Education Revolution (BER) program and was named the Shirley Fisher Shed at the official opening, but the school simply calls it 'The Fishy Shed'.
"This facility has been named in honour of Shirley Fisher who has a long history with the school," Mr Neumann said.
"Shirley was a teacher aide at the school for 21 years and was a student at the school before that.
"Her family has also attended the school and I know this is a big thrill of all of them."
The 86-year-old school near Lowood put The Fishy Shed to good use after the January floods.
"The Fishy Shed was an absolute necessity as the playgrounds was all covered in mud," he said.
"It was a safe place to play while the grass was replaced and the playground equipment was checked.
"The school was able to build a tuckshop in The Fishy Shed, which has been incredibly popular with the students.
"Importantly, it provides a place where all 34 students can meet, play various sports, do gymnastics, and hold dramatic performances."
Mr Neumann said Friday night's event was about celebrating the school's spirit and courage.
"The school may only be small but it has a big heart and I have been impressed with the way the school caters for each individual child," he said.
"I'm proud to be part of a government that is providing essential infrastructure for our small, rural schools so they can continue educating children in the Somerset region for another 86 years.
"It is tremendous to celebrate the opening of the new covered outdoor learning area - the Shirley Fisher Shed - and to witness firsthand the impact this has had on Patrick Estate State School and the local community."