Celebrating all students and abilities

STUDENTS from across the Eastern Shore converged on Bellerive Beach Park All Abilities Playground recently for an inter-school picnic to celebrate international Day of People with Disability (7 December).

With a theme of ‘All Abilities’, the schools event was an opportunity for students to come together, generate awareness and celebrate inclusiveness.

On hand at the event were a number of Special Olympics athletes, who played a selection of games with the students.

Also present were representatives from the Hobart Hurricanes and Guide Dog puppies Dexter and Murphy.

Liberal Member for Franklin Nic Street said the Hodgman Liberal Government was a supporter of inclusive education for all students.

He said the picnic helped to raise awareness of the Education Department’s disability programs in Government schools.

“The International Day of People with Disability picnic was a great event that brought together children from around the Eastern Shore area,” he said.

“It was wonderful to see children from different schools meeting and making friends, as well as meeting some of their heroes in the Special Olympics representatives, who are truly inspirational to everyone.”

The all abilities playground was opened by Clarence City Council in August and has been specifically designed for all ages and abilities with wheelchair and mobility aid access.

Caption: Hobart Hurricanes players Clive Rose, left, and Hamish Kingston with Bellerive Primary School students, from left, Jack (grade three), Mason (grade three), Riley (grade three) and Tom (grade four) at the inter-school picnic.