Site Development & Projects

Sensory Garden Concept Proposal:

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Sensory Garden

Finally, Stage 1 of the Sensory Garden is complete and it is amazing! Our students have enjoyed visiting the space, the cubbies and chalkboards are very popular.

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 recognize, 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.

Thiele Building update

Demolition began during the school holidays to upgrade the perimeter of the Thiele Building. The movement in the ground has caused gaps and cracks to appear. The temporary measure to fix the problem with artificial lawn has outlasted its welcome. This project will be completed in three stages and take most of Term 2.