New school is a dream come true

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency report - BY NATALIE LEWIS

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


the kids we have.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Yawarra Com­mu­nity School, visit yawarra-c.

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:

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