Specialist School is really getting into the swing of it
ECHUCA Specialist School’s new $15,000 swing is being used six hours a day, five days a week.
That’s how popular it is, says principal Paul Marshall, who can’t thank Echuca-Moama Apex Club enough for the donation.
He said students form a long line at recess and lunch – all as keen as each other to give the bird nest swing a try.
“At recess time they sit and wait their turn,” Mr Marshall said.
“Some have been missing out so the teachers have been able to make some special time where the students who have been good get to use the swing.”
The total cost of the project was $15,000 with Murray River Council chipping in $3000 .
“The $15,000 includes the swing and the rubber underneath it,” Mr Marshall said.
Mr Marshall said his students were learning a lot from the new attraction.
“We have seen a huge turn around in engagement with our new playground (thanks to Rock Solid Gardening Supplies) and the new swing,” he said.
“We have some of our students, especially our autistic kids, who need that swing for their sensory needs.
“They have been able to be more engaged in class by having the swing and there have been less issues out in the yard.
“We see students socialising together and they now understand that no, you can’t get your way all the time, and you have to wait your turn.
“It’s really value added as to what we can do as an education setting.”
Echuca-Moama Apex Club service director Matt Davidson said the swing would be moved to the new Twin River School when the specialist school is ready to make the move, hopefully at the start of 2020.
‘‘Our role is to find areas that are neglected,’’ he said.
‘‘Echuca Specialist School was an issue because it didn’t receive political funding (in this year’s Victorian budget) for their new school so while that issue is a lot larger than Echuca- Moama Apex, we could do something by installing a swing.
‘‘And what school shouldn’t have a swing?
‘‘We do what we can around the community with the funds that we have but we can’t do it without the support of businesses and charities around the area so we are very grateful.’’
PUSH US: Echuca Specialist School principal Paul Marshall with Echuca-Moama Apex Club service director Matt Davidson and students from left Chaz Lane, Kurt Mackay and Ash Grace.