Article about the Primary Club in the Fairfield City Champion

June 22, 2011 by  

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Playground helps kids learn

BY SALLY LEE

http://www.fairfieldchampion.com.au/news/local/news/general/playground-helps-kids-learn/2202136.aspx

21 Jun, 2011 01:12 PM

IT WAS out with the old and in with the new for Aspect Western Sydney School in Wetherill Park.

Students and staff from the school are enjoying new and improved play equipment which allows “a bit of time out” says co-ordinator Tina-Louise Angus.

Last year the school received more than $58,000 from the Primary Club of Australia, a charity that helps other registered charities purchase sporting and recreational equipment and resources for people with a disability.

“I was ready to rock’n’roll once we got the funding,” Ms Angus said.

“With the donation we were able to renovate and revamp the old playground which had 1980s-style equipment.”

Convenor of the charity committee of the Primary Club of Australia, Lindy Stuart, said the new playground and equipment not only gave the children a physical activity space but it was also “specifically designed and chosen to engage children with autism”.

“Its aim was to provide a safe and functional outdoor learning environment to be used for sensory development and for the development of social skills, life skills and gross motor skills,” she said.

“The ultimate goal of the Aspect Western Sydney School is for students to progress to the point where they can move on to an Aspect satellite class and then move to the mainstream school system.

“Social and communication skills are integral to cope in this system and an inviting and challenging playground supports their ability to develop these skills.”

The school caters for pupils aged four to 16.

 

The Primary Club of Australia’s donation to Aspect Western Sydney School at Wetherill Park

June 6, 2011 by  

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The Primary Club were thrilled to be able donate on behalf of the members of our charity – special playground equipment  to the Aspect Western Sydney School at Wetherill Park – a school that provides specialised evidence-based programs for children aged 4 to 16 with autism spectrum disorder, who require an autism-specific program.

Aspect builds confidence and capacity in people with ASD, their families and communities by providing information, education and other services. The primary focus of the schools is to equip students with the skills to become as independent as possible and enable them to transition into more inclusive settings and caters for approximately 113 students across the Western and South Western Sydney Region.

The Primary Club has made donations to many Aspect schools, which provide educational facilities for children who have autism spectrum disorder.  Like The Primary Club, Aspect is a not for profit provider, who provide Australia’s largest education services to these needy children and their families.

 

June 2011 Newsletter – sent out to members

June 1, 2011 by  

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Click here to download the Primary Club of Australia’s June 2011 newsletter.