In the words of Aspect Western Sydney School coordinator Kayla Maxfield: “The school was looking a little bit run down and needed a revamp.”
And that’s exactly what the Wetherill Park-based school got on Friday courtesy of Lendlease.
The school, which specialises in educating children with autism, were the beneficiaries of Lendlease’s annual community day with 35 employees lending a helping hand to reinvigorate the grounds.
They painted classrooms, landscaped part of the playground to make it safer for students, filled up the sandpits and cleaned the shade cloth under the play area.
They even painted a wall in the playground with chalkboard paint so students can draw during recess and lunch. Each classroom also got a different colour feature wall.
“We’re not a purpose built school so we have to make do with the building we have got and our classrooms were pretty dull and plain and the shade cloth in the playground was quite dirty,” Mrs Maxfield said.
“For the staff and students it is a good morale boost. It makes the space more inviting and welcoming. Who doesn’t love a bright classroom? You’re at school six hours a day, so it helps when your environment is fresh and lively.” The school supports 35 students on the autism spectrum at the Wetherill Park site and more than 150 at satellite classes from Fairfield to Springwood.
It makes the space more inviting and welcoming. Who doesn’t love a bright classroom?KAYLA MAXFIELD
“We’re a transitional school. The idea is that we work on the student’s skill set so they can move from Wetherill Park to less supportive units and then into a mainstream setting,” Mrs Maxfield said.
Acting Lendlease Group Head of Sustainability Cate Harris said Community Days offers employees a chance to apply their experience and skills to make a “meaningful and positive contribution” to the community.
“Since it started in 1996, we have supported activities ranging from renovating buildings for the homeless, to restoring green spaces and assisting children with special needs,” she said.