New school is a dream come true
BUILT in the shell of the Dubbo West Infants School, the Yawarra Community School is a warm and welcoming environment for local students with special needs.
After opening in Term 2, the school features large class areas, a training room, whiteboard technology, purpose-built toilets and change facility, a sensory therapy room and undercover play. By May 2020, there will also be a hydrotherapy pool.
For principal Debbie Mccreadie, it’s a dream come true. She’s been working in education for a long time with a particular interest in special needs.
“I worked supporting schools with children with disability from Lithgow to Broken Hill and I was the Wellington Public School deputy principal prior to coming to Yawarra,” she explained. “This is something I always dreamed about.”
Mrs Mccreadie said that Yawarra is much-needed in Dubbo as a School for Specific Purposes (SSP) focusing on special needs. Dubbo’s Mian School is also an SSP, specialising in social development.
“Orange and Bathurst have this sort of setting and there’s some schools that offer support, but this is all round in terms of education in Dubbo. This is what I have been waiting for.”
The school caters for children with moderate to severe intellectual disability and/or autism and physical disability.
It offers literacy and numeracy, communication,
PD health and PE, music and art for students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
While the staff and students have taken baby steps in settling in to the new school, it’s been a wonderful development.
“We are only a small school and it’s been a big step, moving in. We have seen such progress with
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the kids we have.”
For more information about Yawarra Community School, visit yawarra-c. schools.nsw.gov.au
Students and teachers at Yawarra Community School in West Dubbo are pictured doing music activities. The new school focusses on children with special needs. PHOTO: