Site Development & Projects

Site Development & Projects

Sensory Garden Concept Proposal

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In 2020 we began to have conversations with students, parents and staff about the redevelopment of the chicken coop and old mud brick hut area which would still incorporate our raised garden beds.  Consultation with the community began in March 2020 with R – 7 students being surveyed for ideas and inspirations.  The survey results showed that most primary students wanted a shaded seating area where they could sit and talk and have outdoor lessons.  Many students also wanted an area with playground equipment and a ‘nature park’.  The whole school community agreed that the garden beds should be upgraded and to incorporate a sensory garden pathway.  The proposal for this project has been divided into two stages for funding purposes.

You are invited to provide your feedback on a proposal to develop garden space between Thiele Building and Kidman Building into a Sensory Garden.

What is being proposed?

More than ever, we need our play spaces to be rich in nature-based, open-ended experiences that give children, families and communities an opportunity to connect with nature and each other, over and over again.

Summary of key benefits of Sensory Garden

· Children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones and gum nuts can help to stimulate children’s immune system as well as their imagination.

· Children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight.

· Children who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress; have lower incidence of behavioural disorders, anxiety and depression; and have a higher measure of self-worth.

· Children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills. Single use, repetitive play equipment becomes boring quickly.

· Natural, irregular and challenging spaces help kids learn to recognise, assess and negotiate risk and build confidence and competence.

· Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other.

· Children experience the diversity and beauty of the world through their senses. This space will give children an opportunity to engage all senses and provide an understanding of the changing seasons and context. Please send any thoughts via email to dl.1154.info@schools.sa.edu.au by 5 March.