Positive Behaviour for Success Playground

Jul 8, 2013 by

North Nowra pic 1North Nowra Public SchoolThe Veolia Mulwaree Trust has assisted in an exciting project at North Nowra Public School which is making a real difference to students. The school’s project was to provide a playground specifically designed for students in the autism and Multicategorical Disabilities (MC) unit to address social and physical needs. Students from mainstream classes also use the playground.

The playground was designed in consultation with staff, parents and an occupational therapist as part of North Nowra Public School’s Positive Behaviour for Success program, which has been running at the school since 2010. The total project cost $52,000 with teachers and the parent community working hard toward fundraising with support from several groups within the wider Nowra community as well as the Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

Assistant Principal and teacher, Jenny McCarthy, said the playground had become an avenue for assisting the whole school community in minimising negative playground behaviours.

“One of our non-verbal students even spoke to us for the first time as he watched the playground being constructed,” Ms McCarthy said. “Several students are now able to run outside and self-calm on the equipment instead of venting their anger in unacceptable ways.”

Pictured are North Nowra students at the official opening, watching Veolia Mulwaree Trust Chairman, Paul Stephenson, cutting the ribbon along with teacher, Ms McCarthy, and George Mackenzie of Disability Assistance of Shoalhaven.