Spe­cial­ist School is re­ally get­ting into the swing of it

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Tyla Har­ring­ton

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.’’

Photo: Tyla Har­ring­ton

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.

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