NSW GOVERNMENT GETS THE PONDS SCHOOL BUS RUNNING
Written on the 12 June 2014 by Kevin Conolly
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly today announced $5000 funding for The Ponds School in Riverstone to help keep their school bus on the road.
Mr Ajaka said the NSW Government was proud to support The Ponds School, which caters for children with a disability.“The school led a highly successful fundraising campaign for a school bus and raised $50,000 to purchase and fit out the bus last year,” Mr Ajaka said.
“Thanks to representations from the Riverstone local member Kevin Conolly, the bus is now going to be on the road and fully maintained.“When I heard what the funds were being used for, I ensured they were made available as soon as possible – this is a great cause,” said Mr Ajaka.
Mr Conolly said he was glad the Minister for Disability Services agreed to fund this additional $5000 with such enthusiasm.“This school is an asset to the local area and to the families of the students whom it serves.
“I am pleased to see how closely the school is integrating with its local community. I understand recently a partnership was formed with Riverstone High School Student Representative Council Members (SRC) to participate in peer tutoring on a weekly basis.“Inclusive learning locally is great news and I congratulate both schools on their involvement.”
All students at The Ponds School have a moderate or severe intellectual disability and many have complex needs.After opening in 2012 with 24 students, The Ponds School has doubled in size and will be moving out of Riverstone High School to a purpose built school on The Ponds Boulevard next year. The new school will have capacity for 130 students when complete.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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