New school garden boasts sensory delight in Whittington

June 20, 2021 BY

Pupils Oliver, Alex, Elenoa, Logan, Jye, Brad and Arama hide among the trees in their new sensory garden. Photos: REBECCA ADAM

A NEW garden at Whittington Primary School is providing pupils with a true sensory experience.
Boasting beautiful trees, a variety of plants, along with stones and pathways, the Sensory Garden surrounds the school’s ‘Wellbeing Hub’, which houses a fully resourced sensory room, connected to a meeting space for allied health providers and care teams.
Assistant Principal Shannon Cormack said the sensory space had long been a priority for the school.
“We had an opportunity to create a separate wellbeing space that would meet the needs of our students and engage them in a safe sensory and exploratory environment,” Ms Cormack said.
“With its gorgeous picket fence, we have named the space ‘The Cottage’.
“We were lucky enough to engage with David Petering from Connected Gardens, who brought our vision to life and created a wonderful space for our students.
“Many of the plants allow the children to touch, taste and smell, providing them with a true sensory experience.”
Ms Cormack said the sensory garden took about six months to complete, from the initial design concept to completion.
Pupil Brad said he absolutely loved the sensory garden, especially the way everything was designed.
“It looks really good,” he said.
Whittington Primary School underwent a full school rebuild in 2019, and offers state-of-the-art facilities, with access to beautiful grounds and gardens.


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