More room for learning at Rockbank

Rockbank Primary School’s Matthew, Riley and Hayden. Picture: Kristian Scott

A bigger and better learning space is on the horizon for Rockbank Primary School thanks to a $23,000 state funding injection.

Education Minister James Merlino last week announced the first 33 project grants to come from the state government’s Inclusive Schools Fund.

Rockbank Primary School principal Troy Johns said the funding would help create more flexibility.

“Our space is pretty open at the moment, but some of it will be modified,” he said.

“Sometimes you might have a child who gets easily distracted and can’t concentrate in a noisy environment … in that case we can move that child into a quieter space where they can learn better.

“The funding will mean we can create a more flexible and inclusive space so we can better cater to the diverse learning needs of the students.

“We applied for funding for two projects and we’ve received funding for one … we’re very happy with that. Every bit helps.”

The fund provides $10 million over four years to build school facilities and help government schools better support the social and educational needs of students with disabilities.

Projects will include “outdoor areas, accessible playgrounds, sensory spaces and other equipment”.

“This is about transforming hundreds of young lives over the next four years by giving schools the opportunity to realise their vision for a truly inclusive school,” Mr Merlino said.

He said the Inclusive Schools Fund was helping give students with disabilities the same chances as other students.