Special Needs FacilityBy Peter Corlett 3rd September 2012
Waikanae School`s latest addition
The recently completed $120,000 Special Needs indoor /outdoor learning space is the latest addition to Waikanae school and will be a real asset to the special pupils who will make use of it. – In the past a vacant classroom was used for these students.
Waikanae School principle, Bevan Campbell, commented that the new resource space has been completed just in time.
The vacant classroom currently being used will be needed shortly for a relocated class, due to a planned upgrade of several of the school classroom blocks.
\At present the school has four ORS (ongoing Resourcing Scheme) funded children who require a secure space to work with their teacher aides.
The outdoor area next to a junior classroom block has been paved with safety matting and boundary fencing, as one of the children has been known to climb fences and go exploring.
At the same time an additional playground beside the building has also had safety matting installed, along with a refurbished climbing frame from the 1940s.
The climbing frame or Jungle Gym has been a popular piece of equipment with generations of children at the school, so has been retained.