Wonga all prepped

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

A new stage of life is about to be­gin for next year’s prep stu­dents at Wonga Beach State School.

But it’s not just the stu­dents who are go­ing through a change, the prepara­tory pro­gram is set for a facelift with a new play­ground and a pro­gres­sive syl­labus to be in­tro­duced in 2016.

A $35,000 play­ground grant and a school fund to fosA ter a joint play and ed­u­ca­tion based curriculum are to thank.

In pre­vi­ous years the school had com­bined the prepara­tory classes with older grades be­cause of small class num­bers and lack of fund­ing.

Prepara­tory teacher Jac­qui Os­borne said the school had de­cided to put the plan into ac­tion af­ter years of prepa­ra­tion.

“We’re do­ing a beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion of both the play based curriculum and ex­plicit in­struc­tion next year so we’re hop­ing to cater to all the kids needs, not just aca­demic,” said Ms Os­borne. “We want to make a real fo­cus on grow­ing the whole child – their so­cial needs, their artis­tic needs and their emo­tional needs.

“We’re not in any way drop­ping the ex­plicit learn­ing model, we’re just bring­ing back el­e­ments of play to the curriculum for kids.”

The new play­ground goes hand in hand with the new “play fo­cused” curriculum.

“Our lovely grants of­fi­cer and our P&C have worked tire­lessly for the last 12 months to get us a new play­ground and we just got word that we got $35,000 from the Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund,” said Ms Os­borne

“The play­ground will be de­signed to build their growth, mo­tor and strength and be a really prac­ti­cal colour­ful thing for the kids. It’s a won­der­ful year to be a prep at Wonga Beach school.”

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

Beach State School 2016 prep stu­dents and par­ents

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