Wonga all prepped
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.”
Beach State School 2016 prep students and parents