Sense of learn­ing

Wanneroo Times - - News -

THE class­room has cer­tainly come a long way since the days of the chalk­board. Pho­tog­ra­pher Martin Ken­nealey re­cently cap­tured this daz­zling im­age of Zack Simp­son in Bur­bridge School's new mul­ti­sen­sory room. The Koon­doola special needs pro­gram will use the fu­tur­is­tic setup to stim­u­late stu­dents’ senses.

IS it a class­room or the set of the lat­est chil­dren’s sci-fi ad­ven­ture film?

Stu­dents at Bur­bridge School in Koon­doola now have one of Perth’s most ad­vanced learn­ing ar­eas at their dis­posal.

The special-needs pro­gram, which caters for kinder­garten to Year 12 stu­dents, launched its state-ofthe-art mul­ti­sen­sory room at the be­gin­ning of the month.

School of­fi­cer Nicola Parker said it would be of great help to the stu­dents, given chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties often had dif­fi­culty with their sen­sory sys­tem.

“Chil­dren learn about their world through their senses,” she said.

“Time spent in a multi-sen­sory en­vi­ron­ment can in­crease con­cen­tra­tion, fo­cus at­ten­tion, im­prove alert­ness, awaken mem­o­ries and im­prove mo­bil­i­sa­tion.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Year 7 stu­dent Jas­min Ball in the multi-sen­sory room

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