St Peter's Primary School, East Bentleigh (3.9.2015)
Written on the 16 September 2015
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education, Minister Merlino.
Recently I visited St Peter's Primary School in East Bentleigh with my colleague the shadow parliamentary secretary for autism spectrum disorder, where we visited the Holy Trinity Arrowsmith program.
We were shown around the school and in particular this program by Catherine Green, the community liaison officer for the Holy Trinity Arrowsmith program. She then invited Mr Finn and me to join her for lunch where the founder of the program, Barbara Arrowsmith Young, addressed the audience. It was a very interesting lunch indeed.
The Arrowsmith program has been in existence for 30 years. Barbara Arrowsmith Young herself suffered a learning disability and since she created the program 30 years ago she has been treating the causes of many learning disabilities in children rather than simply managing the symptoms. The program is founded on neuroscience research. Through its exercises, it improves learning outcomes for students with cognitive impairment.
This program has been underway for only a few months at St Peter's Primary School. The pilot the school is undertaking is for three years and the school is in desperate need of support for the pilot to continue for that period.
The action I seek is that the minister provide ongoing funding for the completion of this very necessary pilot.