Rod has invited the Minister for Education to visit Diamond Valley Special Development School to see the fantastic work being done by staff their to support these students.
Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (21:24): The matter I raise tonight is for the Minister for Education. Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting Diamond Valley Special Developmental School to meet with its principal and staff and see the amazing work that they do for the special needs children that attend there. I must say that what the school does is absolutely amazing. Most of their students face extreme physical or intellectual impairment, and the teachers and staff provide a safe, supportive and encouraging environment for these kids and their families.
The staff cater for the specific needs of each and every one of those kids, and those needs are great. The school recently built a new all-abilities playground, yet they were unable to finish the rubber play surface for wheelchair access to the play equipment. The school also runs a Riding for the Disabled program, which is incredibly expensive but hugely successful. For many of the students who participate this is the highlight of their week. I ask the minister: will he visit the Diamond Valley Special Developmental School with me to see first hand the wonderful work that is being done there?