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New school is
packing them in
STUDENTS and staff at Ad-
elaide North Special School have
settled into their new facility at
Munno Para West, two months
after relocating from their
previous Elizabeth site.
The school, which caters for stu-
dents with intellectual disabilities,
was moved to a larger facility in
April to accommodate an overflow
School principal Margot Mig
nonne said the new location has
provided far more physical space
for students and teachers, and given
greater energy to the school.
"(They've settled in) really easily;
there are so many choices for kids
here at the new site that they didn't
have in the old site that was so much
smaller," she said.
"We were pretty cramped at the
old site because it was so old, but
considering we have 80 staff, we
need to accommodate a lot of people
and they're settling in really well."
A Department for Education and
Child Development spokesperson
said the school, despite already being
at capacity upon opening, now has
sufficient capacity for the number of
students currently enrolled.
The department is, however, in
the process of providing the school
with two additional learning areas to
cater for the expected increase of en-
rolments at the beginning of 2015.
"This is not uncommon for new
schools," the spokesperson said.
"Enrolment growth at the school
will continue to be monitored, and
the department is also investigat-
ing other possible locations for
The new location has provided
students and staff with a larger staff-
room, outdoor barbecue area, com-
plete industrial-design kitchen and
Ms Mignonne said these new fa-
cilities have provided greater options
"To have an enclosed gym is such
a benefit; if it's raining outside we
now have that option at yard play-
time that kids can go into the gym
and have some physical activity,
whereas before we had to keep them
in classrooms during those rainy pe-
riods," she said.
"We try to teach the students to
be as independent as they can, so to
have a top-of-the-range kitchen area
for them to use is great to see.
"They're in there every week,
cooking up a storm."
Adelaide North Special School
deputy principal Byron Stuut
inside the school's gymnasium,
which has opened up a variety
of new options for students.
PHOTO: Grady Hudd
THE Elizabeth Football Club's
rooms have been revitalised by a
$300,000 overhaul, courtesy of
The Argana Park-based club is
now complete with a new kitchen,
which includes all new appliances
and a dishwasher, a whole new up-
stairs bar area and keg system, and
also new toilets.
Committee member Steve John-
son said the renovations have been
great in attracting people to the
"It's awesome now because, re-
alistically, we can have parties up-
stairs, we can hire upstairs or down-
stairs because we've got the tap beer
and it's easier for the volunteers to
help because they've got really good
facilities to work with," he said.
Mr Johnson said the facilities
were in desperate need of replace-
ment, and since the revamp he has
seen more people stay at the club
"I've been there 20 years and the
bar upstairs was the same then;
Australian standards change all the
time, so it probably wasn't up to
standard and meeting occupational
health and safety standards.
"We used to get a lot of com-
ments from the ladies that they
were a bit put off by going to the
toilet, not because it was dirty, just
because it was old.
"By 9 o'clock a lot of blokes had
gone home because their wives
would say 'I'm not happy being
here', so they wouldn't hang around
"Now, I don't think we've had
one Saturday night where we've
locked up before 12 o'clock."
Mr Johnson said the renovations
have also been of financial benefit
to the club, particularly with the
inclusion of the new upstairs bar
and keg system.
"The bar is probably where you
generate 50 per cent of your mon-
ey, so from that point of view it's
been really good for us in the sense
that we can make more money," he
"It's been a win-win for everyone,
because everyone's got better con-
ditions and we've got better ways to
attract people to the club and gen-
The positive mood around the
club has also translated onto the
field, with the young A grade team
winning seven of the past eight
With the average age of the team
being roughly 22 years, Mr Johnson
said that, previously, many of the
players would go to the city rather
than stay at the club, but the reno-
vations have since changed that.
"I think the club renovations is
part of that because it's a brighter,
better environment so they are
hanging around because they go,
'well, we might as well stay here
because the drinks are cheaper and
the atmosphere is good'."
The club will celebrate the reno-
vated facilities as part of its past
players' day this weekend.
-- Grady Hudd
Elizabeth Football Club committee
members Steve Johnson (left)
and Mick Platten are delighted by
the new bar and kitchen facilities
provided by the Playford Council at
their clubrooms. PHOTO: Rob McLean
Heart's in a good cause
School, Craigmore, celebrated
the Heart Foundation's 'Go
Red Day' last week with zumba
dancing, a movie presentation
and special appearance from
the Happy Heart mascot.
The annual event supports
the Heart Foundation by rais-
ing awareness about heart disease
and promoting a healthy lifestyle
amongst students and parents.
It is made possible each year
through a strong partnership be-
tween Elizabeth Community Con-
nections, the school and the Heart
Foundation's 'walking group'.
Community Connections' de-
velopment co-ordinator Tammy
Bruecher said the event brings
together parents, students, school
and the wider community.
"We had a strong focus on par-
ent well-being so we connected
the two, the school and the com-
munity, and we've come up with
this annual event, which has been
fantastic," she said.
The morning began with a
movie that featured questions and
answers from students about how
they like to keep active and their
Students dressed in red for the
day, which included a motto about
being 'courageous, brave patient,
caring and strong', and invited the
'special people' in their lives to at-
tend and join in on the fun.
Heart Foundation mascot 'Hap-
py Heart' then led a whole-school
zumba class that had parents and
students moving and dancing.
Walking group co-ordinator
Karen Eldred said the school gets
a great response from parents and
friends each year, which helps to
spread the message about healthy
"They enjoy seeing what the
children do," she said.
"If the children are promoting
and talking about their healthy
eating, which the school pro-
motes, then it might reflect on
the parents, and the parents might
start thinking a bit more about
what they pack in their (children's)
Elizabeth Community Connections' development co-ordinator Tammy
Bruecher (left), students Patrick, Natalie and Noah, and walking group
co-ordinator Karen Eldred get ready to zumba with Heart Foundation
mascot 'Happy Heart.'
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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Grady Hudd on 8522 1233
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