ENGAGING students in the garden is helping them to focus in class, Joondalup Education Support Centre principal Natalie Burns says.
The recently installed $70,000 sensory garden was funded through a teacher organised quiz night and community donations.
‘We are able to use different pieces of equipment to support students to regulate their emotions and feelings throughout the day,’ she said. ‘Students can request to play on the equipment throughout the day to make sure their sensory needs are met and they can engage with the curriculum.’
Ms Burns said the equipment had become popular for use by students in the Education Support Centre and mainstream Joondalup Primary School.
‘Students from both schools enjoy using it and many friendships have been formed since its installation bringing the two schools closer,’ she said.
‘It has had a wonderfully positive impact on the students, staff, family and the community.’