An NSW Ports grant has helped Enfield Public School install a yarning circle and sensory playground for students and the local community to enjoy.
The funding formed part of NSW Ports’ 2022 Community Grants program, which supported diverse groups delivering positive outcomes in the areas of community participation, community infrastructure and the environment and sustainability.
NSW Ports Chief Financial Officer Andrew Lincoln said the program was one way in which the business was able to give back to local communities and support positive, inclusive initiatives.
“Enfield Public School’s Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) was one of 17 groups to benefit from our 2022 grants program, which supported a range of positive projects in the local communities surrounding our ports and intermodal terminals,” he said.
“The school has created a terrific new play space for students that recognises the growing cultural diversity in the local community while supporting children with a disability as well to help ensure they feel safe and supported during school activities and play time.
“The yarning circle is also a lovely addition to the school grounds, providing a cultural learning space where everyone across the school and local community can come together to connect, communicate and collaborate.”
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been using yarning circles for thousands of years. They are a meeting place where people sit together to tell stories, share experiences, educate one another and build respectful relationships.
The sensory playground includes platforms, spheres and rubber animals, as well as a range of sensory panels and sand areas, all of which is surrounded by new gardens.
Enfield Public School P&C President Nick Grunseit said the school community was proud to have created the new play areas for students, their families and other community members to socialise and connect in a safe and inclusive way.
“We have a vibrant multicultural community at Enfield Public School, so it’s been great to see how much the students are already enjoying these new facilities,” he said.
“The new areas build awareness of First Nations cultural practices while ensuring all students feel supported and included too. Thanks to NSW Ports for their valuable contribution that’s helped make this project such a success.”
To read more about the NSW Ports Community Grants Program visit: www.nswports.com.au/grants.
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