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Mur'bah High gets new playground

Murwillumbah High School students Stephanie Van Honk and Daniel Whitney-Clark test out the new swings.
Murwillumbah High School students Stephanie Van Honk and Daniel Whitney-Clark test out the new swings. Blainey Woodham

MURWILLUMBAH High School's 40 students with a disability welcomed on Thursday the opening of an updated playground featuring an enlarged basketball playing area, a pergola, shaded section and swings.

The $30,000 playground upgrade was funded by a grant from the NSW Department of Education and Tweed Shire Council also came to the party with a donation of a number of plants and mulch to help landscape the area.

Teacher Pamela Matthews said the playground hadn't been empty since it was opened to the school's special needs students.

The new area adds to the school's special facilities provided to cater to the varying needs of the kids who are cared for by the school's support unit.

Ms Matthews said the school had a really fantastic support unit which ensured the special needs students were taught in smaller classes and allowed the school to cater to the needs of the kids in a much better and easier way.

The unit developed special programs to cater to each individual child's special needs and focused on life skills.

Skills such as socialising with others, working in the community and eating out were taught in a caring and nurturing environment with the aim to allow the kids to reach their potential in every aspect of their lives.

Highly experienced and qualified staff taught the students with disabilities in four classes and met the children's individual social and academic needs.

The unit's efforts have resulted in the kids joining the Goodwill Games on the Gold Coast in September this year and also meant the kids will be able to compete at a special needs sports day organised by the NSW Department of Education later this year.

The students with disabilities can also access a number of Specialised Support Unit Life Skill programs which include horse riding, swimming, music, ten pin bowling and work experience.

Topics:  murwillumbah high school, playground



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