VIC – East Gippsland Specialist School Primary Department Playground Case Study

East Gippsland Specialist School Playground

Site: East Gippsland Specialist School, 31 Calvert St, Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875
Age Range: from 5 to 11 years old

Date Opened: March 2018

East Gippsland Specialist School received funding from the Inclusive Schools Fund New tab to build a new playground for its students. The East Gippsland Specialist School provides a comprehensive and innovative curriculum for primary and secondary students with intellectual disabilities.

Foursight Architects – the architectural firm appointed for this project – worked in collaboration with Proludic to provide an inclusively designed playground so that children with special needs can play, have fun and develop their skills in a safe environment.

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said that “the school will replace its current playground with a much more advanced facility, which will include a Pod Swing, small trampolines, a water play area and a sandpit and a climbing frame, so it is more inclusive of all students” . 

The Principal of East Gippsland Specialist School, Barb Olsen, commented: “It’s a very exciting opportunity for the school to provide appropriate facilities to meet the needs of a wide range of students at our school.”

All the play equipment provided by Proludic includes inclusive design features:

The installation of accessible rubber surfacing and shade has also been carefully considered to allow for easy access to the play equipment and provide a safe and comfortable place for the students to play together.

Site location:

East Gippsland Specialist School Playground

 

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