Article about the Primary Club in the Fairfield City Champion

Playground helps kids learn


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.