OUR LADY OF FATIMA
Our Lady of Fatima has introduced alternative learning spaces and approaches, in order to meet a wide range of educational and social emotional needs. In a renovation in January, ‘The Hub’ was created. It’s a centrally located resource centre that includes five zones and features pedal desks, foot and hand cycles, bouncy bands, a sensory wall, varied furnishings, fiddle toys, punching bags, timers and a range of furniture and configurations to suit many different teaching situations. Its ‘Take a Break’ room is available for students with anxiety or Autism Spectrum Disorder who require short breaks from the classroom. In this space, they can reset and self-regulate their heightened emotion before returning to class. Another zone in The Hub has been designed to foster social emotional learning through a structured program of games and fun play for those who have difficulty reading social cues, using social language and understanding give and take of social play, such as the practice of turn taking, sharing and compromise. Elsewhere, an exciting Robotics program is offered within The Hub, while extension classes in Mathematics are meeting the needs of high achievers. Despite having only been in operation for two terms, The Hub is already highly valued.