Port Lincoln Special School celebrates 30 years

CELEBRATE: Ready to celebrate Port Lincoln Special School's 30th anniversary are Carey Marcal, Shae-Lee Thompson, Dani Johnson, Lincoln Gill and Trajan Jones.

CELEBRATE: Ready to celebrate Port Lincoln Special School's 30th anniversary are Carey Marcal, Shae-Lee Thompson, Dani Johnson, Lincoln Gill and Trajan Jones.

Port Lincoln Special School is inviting the community to come and celebrate a major anniversary on Friday.

The celebration will mark 30 years since the school was first officially opened in 1987.

Starting with about 10 students today the school maintains consistent numbers of about 30 enrolments.

Special school principal Clare Harris said the school had been operating for some months before it was first officially opened.

“It started very small, it started in a classroom in what was Lincoln South Primary School then as enrolments grew it was placed here adjacent to Lincoln Gardens Primary School,” she said.

“This year we have 31 students, enrolments have been fairly stable around that number and look to be fairly stable in the future.”

For the anniversary the special school is inviting past students, staff and families to come and celebrate.

A birthday cake will be served and there will be activities and games for the students from 2pm.

People can also go down memory lane with a historical photo display and there will also be recognition of student support officer Tania Jones who has been with the school since it opened.

Mrs Harris said the school’s longest serving principal Pam Roach should be in attendance as well as at least one past teacher.

Sue Shanley has been working at the school for 20 years and said there had been plenty of change.

“It has changed a lot, we’ve got new buildings, playground equipment and technologies,” she said.

“Teaching programs have (also) changed.”

Mrs Harris said the school had managed to push ahead throughout its 30 years to deliver the best special needs education possible.

“Despite some challenges not being purpose built, for example we’re on a sloping site which isn’t ideal for wheelchairs, we work around it,” she said.

Mrs Harris said the school hoped to see plenty of people come to celebrate.

“I think it would be a good way for the community to show their support for the students, families,” she said.

“We all work really hard together to help our kids reach their potential.”

To RSVP ahead of time people can contact the front office on 8682 5319.

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