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5 minutes with Ros Baumann – Principal St. Benedict’s Catholic School

Posted on 15.05.2023 in catholic school , Education , Play , playground , playground equipment , risky play , school playground , school playground equipment

  1. St Benedict’s takes an approach of educating the whole child and developing all 7 senses. What is your motivation behind this and how do you achieve it?

We understand that feeding the senses and meeting these needs helps to create happy and healthy learners.  Our classrooms and play spaces have been purpose designed to meet these needs and encourage growth and development all areas.

  1. The Giants Tower you chose provides rich play value and offers risky play in a safe environment, what drew you to this over the other 3000+ products Urban Play offers?

The combination of age appropriate and challenging play experiences came together in The Giants Tower.  Risky play in a safe environment allows students to develop their critical thinking skills and engage in high risk for high reward play.

  1. The Giants Tower is stage one of the playground development, what are you looking forward to in stage 2?

Stage 2 will allow us to build on the skill sets the students are developing in Stage 1.  Using hand / eye coordination and whole-body play allows for proprioceptive (body position) and vestibular (movement) senses to extend gross motor play – all of which help with sensory regulation and control when learning in the classroom.

  1. St Benedict’s worked with Urban Play who provide a one-stop-shop solution when it comes to design, installation, softfall and marketing, in this case organising post-construction marketing photography. How was the process of working with Urban Play and their all-in process?

Urban play has been great to work with.  Their knowledge of and commitment to creating inviting and innovative play spaces to allow students to experience exciting play is fantastic.  In addition, the safety guidelines and standards are met and adhered to.

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