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Investing in Our Children: Forrest Parade School Opens in Palmerston

Children with high-support educational needs in the Palmerston and rural areas will have access to a special education facility with the official opening of the Forrest Parade School today.

Minister for Education Eva Lawler said the stand-alone facility catered for an increased demand for special education in the area.

“We know that giving every child the best start in life isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do,” Ms Lawler said.

“The facility is beautifully designed and provides students with individual programs on literacy, numeracy, communication and self-care.

“The Territory Labor Government injected an additional $31 million into the education budget this year - $8 million of which is to support children with disabilities and challenging behaviours.

“We will continue to invest in children with special needs to ensure that they are provided with the very best education.”

The construction of Forrest Parade School was awarded to local company Sunbuild at a cost of $21.35 million and currently has 62 enrolments and 13 teachers. 

Principal of Forrest Parade Annie Keighran said that the school’s primary focus is to ensure the needs of every individual student are met.

“Forrest Parade is a
flexible, secure and welcoming environment with our programs tailored to meet the needs of the students and also their families.

“We have many exciting programs here including
‘Mind Your Paws’ which brings therapy dogs into the school every Thursday to work with the students.

“The kids absolutely love when the therapy dogs come to school and are motivated and engaged when the dogs visit. We are excited about how this program can be developed further.”

 

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