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Port Lincoln Special School working towards new play space

IN PROGRESS: Principal Matt Syme with Larry Cheyne of Origin Paving and Landscaping on site of the new playground, which aims to be completed later this month. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
IN PROGRESS: Principal Matt Syme with Larry Cheyne of Origin Paving and Landscaping on site of the new playground, which aims to be completed later this month. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Port Lincoln Special School will extend its playground facilities to be ready for the 2022 school year, which aims to promote independent exploration amongst its students.

The school is adding a new playground space which will include a bike track, new swings, a fort, music zone, mud play and mud kitchen area and a sand play and water pump.

WAX Design, who has worked with Port Lincoln City Council on its plans for the Port Lincoln foreshore and Nelson Square, worked with the school on designing the playground with Elton Landscapes carrying out work with local contractors including Origin Paving and Landscaping.

Principal Matt Syme said the school had funded the project and had worked with WAX Design to create a very inclusive play space.

"We believe what they'll do is ensure what is designed is as inclusive as possible for students and people with disabilities," he said.

Work on the playground is expected to be completed by December 17 to be ready for the 2022 school year.

Plans for the new playground space at Port Lincoln Special School. Design by WAX Design.

Plans for the new playground space at Port Lincoln Special School. Design by WAX Design.

Mr Syme said the main aim for the new playground space was to encourage students to independently explore.

"It's exciting, to have more opportunities for our students is something we've always dreamed of," he said.

"Having a space they can explore more independently than they had before is something we've wanted to achieve."

As well as a new play space for students, the school looks to provide others with opportunities from its creation.

Mr Syme said the project would also have the benefit of equipping those involved in the design process with future projects for people with disabilities.

"We wanted them to be involved in conversations around building for children and people with disabilities so they can carry that knowledge into future projects," he said.

Mr Syme said the school would also work with the Department of Education's self regulation team to see how the playground could assist students with their self regulation.

"We look to invite other schools in to model that for them, which will build our relationships with those sites and the students can build relationships with other kids," he said.

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