ALL NEW: Trace Waterson, Georgia Ellis and Xavier Cathro inspect the Calliope Kindergarten’s new bathroom renovations.
ALL NEW: Trace Waterson, Georgia Ellis and Xavier Cathro inspect the Calliope Kindergarten’s new bathroom renovations. Paul Braven

Bathroom upgrade a hit with Calliope Kindy kids

IN JUST three short months, the 27-year-old Calliope Kindergarten toilet block has been transformed into a practical and clean space for its dozen or so pupils.

Calliope Kindergarten co-directors Samantha Taylor and Kristy Ferguson, said the refurbishment was kept a secret until the first day back after Easter break.

"The kids were very excited," Ms Ferguson said.

"They think it's so special and the coloured egg tops on the toilets were a real hit."

Ms Taylor said the renovation had made a huge difference and it would be a lot more safe and hygienic for the kids.

The renovation has included a shower, overhead storage space, new flooring, basins, toilets, cupboards, tiles, paint, plumbing, electrical work and a refurbishment of the staff toilets.

"We've never had a shower before," Ms Taylor said.

"It's a bit cold for muddy play at the moment but this gives us an area to clean them up without having to take them outside. It's such a comfortable environment now."

The new doors on the children's toilets are also helping them transition into 'big school' without feeling too alone.

"The layout means the kids can be supervised from anywhere in the room whilst being more hygienic and private," she said.

This wouldn't have been made possible without a $40,000 grant from natural gas producer QGC.

Ms Ferguson said the whole amount was used, with the staff quarters looking better than ever.

"We have a cleaner's cupboard and a new vanity unit with drawers for each of us which is great," she said.



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