Kensington students get life lesson in wheelchairs


Year 6 students Aingeal Thomas, Zoe Donovan, Zoe Walters, Makayla Gourgaud, Evie Rosich and  Jake Barden. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d461789
Year 6 students Aingeal Thomas, Zoe Donovan, Zoe Walters, Makayla Gourgaud, Evie Rosich and Jake Barden. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d461789

KENSINGTON Primary School students are getting an idea of what it is like to live with a disability.

The school’s 30 Year 6 students are taking turns to live a day in a wheelchair as part of the Wheelchair Sports Association WA’s Wheelchair Challenge.

Kensington Primary School physical education specialist Raema Stanford said the school had been involved with the Wheel Life program for the past five or six years, which involved the students using a wheelchair for an hour, but she wanted to raise the stakes.

“The idea of bringing in the challenge for the first time is to teach the students about what it’s like to need a wheelchair.

“The students were initially excited about doing it but they’ve found it very tiring to get around.”

Mrs Stanford said the school was happy to raise awareness for the Wheelchair Sports Association WA.

“We have one girl who uses a wheelchair around the school and it’s great for people to understand what she goes through,” she said.