The school grounds at Mount Pritchard Public School are alive with the sound of music.
The school’s musical garden – the first in the area – was installed in December and features eight musical instruments nestled in among the playground.
Principal Natalie Piccinin said pupils have been enjoying playing with the drums, tembos and xylophones on their breaks and creating music.
“Studies have shown their is a correlation between music, mathematics and learning,” she said.
“The musical garden give students another outlet to be creative and they are creating some wonderful music which is nice to hear.
“They are not only collaborating with each other musically, but they are learning to share the space with each other and they enjoy taking care of the equipment.”
One group that is enjoying the musical garden are the kids from the school’s readiness program.
The program is in its third year and helps children transition into kindergarten with classes running three days a week.
Deputy principal Courtney Knight said the results are clear to see.
“Children that are attending the program are reaching their benchmarks in kindergarten before kids who don’t come,” she said.
“They learn sounds, read stories, do simple counting and recognise numbers.
“They also learn to recognise and write their names and work with shapes, colours and patterns.”
The sessions cost $3 with the money going towards purchasing their school uniform.
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