In­no­va­tive space pro­vides life lessons

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ce­cilia Allen

A new learn­ing en­rich­ment space at Kolbe Catholic Col­lege is pro­vid­ing stu­dents op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop skills nec­es­sary for daily liv­ing.

The space in­cludes a kitchen, laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, and room for stu­dents to study and en­gage in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Head of Special Learn­ing Needs Debbie Bul­mer said many stu­dents would ben­e­fit from the new space.

“First and fore­most our stu­dents with special needs are catered for as they work with learn­ing sup­port staff on highly-in­di­vid­u­alised pro­grams to de­velop the skills they will need to be suc­cess­ful in life be­yond the school set­ting,” she said.

“In ad­di­tion, we wel­come stu­dents from through­out the col­lege who may need an al­ter­nate space to work, in the short or long-term.”

The learn­ing en­rich­ment space also has sensory room which has been well re­ceived by stu­dents

The room pro­vides stu­dents with a quiet space to take time out if they’re feel­ing anx­ious or over­whelmed.

“We have sound and light­ing equip­ment in­te­grated into the room to add to the calm and peace­ful am­bi­ence,” Mrs Bul­mer said.

“Spe­cial­ity pro­jec­tors pro­vide stu­dents with a calm­ing dis­trac­tion, with stars gen­tly danc­ing around the room or fish swim­ming by in and around the coral reef pro­jected onto the wall.”

The en­rich­ment space will be an ex­ten­sion of the new Walsh Learn­ing Cen­tre which is cur­rently be­ing built.

The Walsh Cen­tre is set to be a “vi­brant and in­no­va­tive space” where all things learn­ing will come to­gether.

“We will have a vir­tual re­al­ity area and a the­atre with tiered seat­ing and var­i­ous free-form learn­ing spa­ces,” Mrs Bul­mer said.

“It will in­clude study pods and non-tra­di­tional class­rooms fur­nished in such a way as to evoke —in stu­dents and staff — cre­ative and in­no­va­tive ways of en­gag­ing in learn­ing.”

Kolbe Catholic Col­lege stu­dents Bren­ton McKin­ley, 14, Vin­nie Nar­rier-Hart, 12, Josh Carr, 16, and Mikayla Pages, 13, make the most of the school’s new learn­ing en­rich­ment space.

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