South Ballajura Education Support Centre to reap benefits of community funding


Max Haigh.
Max Haigh.

A BALLAJURA education centre has received a $9481 grant to build a sensory station for its special needs students.

South Ballajura Education Support Centre got funding from Commonwealth Bank staff’s community workplace giving program.

Principal Cheryl Lennox said the grant would contribute to a sensational play station, an outdoor gazebo for students with high sensory needs to interact with items linked to science and environmental studies.

“We have a lot of children with autism so they need a sensory space as well,” she said.

“Over the years we have worked with Ballajura-Malaga Rotary Club and the Education Department and we have got a fantastic bike track with signage because road safety is a big thing.

“We are looking to put in a wheelchair access to the sensory place.”

Ms Lennox said the sensory place would be a good addition to the centre’s play-links programs.

“We have got a play-links program there once a week and there are some Year 6 mentors come over and there are kinetic fans and different stimulating activities for kids to engage in as well, so it is a very fun environment,” she said.

“We try to make the interactions not be reduced because of the weather and we have got that shade shelter where we can be out there in the sun.”

Ms Lennox said the centre was looking at working with Rotary to build more fencing around the campus to create a safer environment for their students.

A Maze of Story in Bassendean and Constable Child Care Safety Foundation in Maylands also received funding.

WA Commonwealth Bank area manager Danielle Ivers said these organisations were committed to the well-being of young Australians.

“It is a great source of pride for our staff and the Commonwealth Bank to support so many worthy programs in Bassendean, Ballajura and Maylands through these grants,” she said.

“We are grateful for the generosity of more than 13,000 current and retired staff who donated to the Staff Community Fund to make this possible.”