School seeks more inclusion

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ON THE MOVE: Wangaratta District Specialist School teachers Jacqui Sullivan and Kate O’Keeffe help move equipment and resources to the new ‘satellite’ classrooms on the Appin Park Primary School campus. PHOTO: Kylie Wilson

THE burgeoning Wangaratta District Specialist School (WDSS) will run two ‘satellite’ classrooms on the adjacent Appin Park Primary School campus next year, in a pilot program aimed at promoting inclusion.

With WDSS enrolment set to rise again in 2018, and staff reluctant to encroach on remaining play space at the Appin Street site, a memorandum of understanding has been developed with the neighbouring school.

“The plan was totally developed in consultation with both schools,” WDSS council president Ruth Crawford said.

“Satellite classes are something that is being done quite a lot around the state, and after a year we will review it and see how it’s gone, and whether it’s appropriate to continue.

“It’s very much an interim measure, as we hope to secure State Government funding to investigate options for a new, purpose-built facility that caters for our students for the next five to 10 years.

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