Tuesday March 11, 2014
On Monday a new and quirky Senior Study Area was launched at Nepean Christian School. It is a restored 1934 Sydney tram with three rooms and two private study areas that used to be driver’s compartments.
The recycled tram is now equipped with wifi, air conditioning and polished hardwood bench tops.
Tanya Davies, MP, Member for Mulgoa stated, “I’m honoured to be invited to share in the ‘cutting of the red ribbon’ marking the occasion of the ‘study tram open for use’ by the Year 11 students”.
“I congratulate Nepean Christian School students, parents and teachers for capturing and restoring a treasured piece of history for our current and future generations to enjoy.”
In the spirit of quirkiness and community, there were three launches during the day – before school during a parent Meet the Teacher event, during the day for all students and after school.
A variety of the school’s pioneering Senior Students commented, “The tram fits in with the school’s rustic nature.” “It’s tramtastic!” “We sanded, painted and cleaned the tram, and now we have our own space with all the facilities we need.” “The tram has a calming effect.” “We changed something useless into something that is useful. It’s unique!”
The Principal, Geoff Wheaton, said, “Moving from faith to action is vitally important to the life of our school, as is a community spirit based on an authentically Christian outlook. The tram encapsulates all of these.”