Gar­den aids stu­dents’ de­vel­op­ment

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Early learn­ing stu­dents from a Dampier Penin­sula com­mu­nity, north of Broome, are us­ing a newly cre­ated gar­den to grow and re­flect.

Chil­dren from Bea­gle Bay Sa­cred Heart School now have a peace­ful space to fo­cus on mind­ful­ness through funds pro­vided by Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion through its West Kim­ber­ley Com­mu­nity Grants Scheme.

The gar­den is de­signed for sen­sory play and to pro­vide stu­dents with a quiet place to ex­pe­ri­ence good feel­ings, or liyan, in the lo­cal Nyul Nyul lan­guage.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion North West re­gional man­ager Rino Tro­lio said the gar­den was ben­e­fi­cial for the stu­dents’ men­tal health and en­cour­aged wa­ter­wise val­ues.

“It is im­por­tant for the next gen­er­a­tion to de­velop an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture and the im­por­tance of wa­ter at a young age,” Mr Tro­lio said.

Bea­gle Bay Sa­cred Heart School Teacher, Nan­cye Spi­teri, said the gar­den formed part of the school’s well­be­ing cur­ricu­lum.

“Na­ture-play sig­nif­i­cantly im­proves all as­pects of child de­vel­op­ment,” Ms Spi­teri said.

“The new gar­den has pro­vided our stu­dents with a des­ig­nated quiet space where they can play, or just sit peace­fully and en­joy their sur­round­ings.

“We thank Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion and the Lions Club Broome for help­ing to make this project pos­si­ble.”

The next round of fund­ing for the grants scheme will open in March 2019. For more in­for­ma­tion visit wa­ter­cor­po­ra­­grants.

Pic­ture: Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion

Bea­gle BaySa­cred Heart School teacher Nan­cye Spi­teri and a group of mixed-aged stu­dents from the early learn­ing class.

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