Community based learning
RIDING FOR THE DISABLED (RDA)
Horse riding offers an opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, friendship, laughter, achievement, independence and confidence as well as stimulating the tactile senses both through touch and the environment. The program improves balance through exercises similar to physiotherapy by reaching and strengthening the deep muscles and assisting with co-ordination. Sitting on a horse requires stretching of the adductor muscles of the thighs. Riding a horse requires a great deal of coordination in order to get the desired response from the horse. The rhythmic motion and warmth of the horse aids in relaxation, improving balance, posture and co-ordination.
People with disabilities can obtain beneficial results from association with horses. The movement of a horse strengthens muscles throughout a rider's body and promotes better overall health. Horses can also provide psychological benefits to people whether they actually ride or not.
Lessons start with gentle exercises performed on horseback. These exercises include leaning forward to pet the horse's neck, leaning backwards to pat the horse's rump and twisting left and right in the saddle. Each rider is assisted by 'side walkers' who make sure that they remain secure in the saddle while performing the exercises. The rhythmic movement of the horses walk can stimulate nerves and the exercises increase mobility.
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Students are provided with the opportunity to undertake weekly swimming lessons with qualified Swimming Instructors at Thornlie Leisure Centre. Lessons are provided for small groups with high staff to student ratio. This activity is suitable for all levels of water awareness or skill as learning is tailored to meet each individual’s need. Travel to and from the centre is via our school Variety Coaster. This activity incurs a cost to cover pool entry and lessons. For more information, please contact the school.
Our Community Access and Travel Training program provides for authentic learning experiences in the community. This may involve travel training in the local area or beyond, as each child builds the relevant skills required to venture further into the community. Excursions are planned and purposeful with a focus on developing leisure and recreational experiences, practical life-skills, demonstrating protective behaviour awareness or extending upon other thematic classroom learning.
SPORT CLINICS and CARNIVALS
Throughout the year, our school runs team sport clinics in collaboration with recognised Sport providers. Clinics have included cricket, basketball, AFL and soccer. These clinics provide our students with opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge about these sports and the bonus of working with a range of specialist and elite athletes, team sports men and women is highly valued by all.
During the year, we plan Interschool activities and competitions with other schools in our Education Support South Network to demonstrate our skills, increase our school spirit, build our sense of community and belonging whilst enjoying the opportunity to meet new friends.
Each year our senior students engage in an Inclusive camp, designed to get our children outdoors, strengthen friendships, test their abilities and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. Overnight camps are held at metropolitan locations and are an integral part of the year calendar – enjoyed by all whilst promoting resilience, independence and confidence as children transition towards high school.