Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare MP today attended the official opening of the George Bass School for students with an intellectual disability in Bass Hill.
The $14.5 million purpose built school caters for students with special needs from their early years through to the end of high school.
The school boasts specialised facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, outdoor learning and play areas as well as specially designed classrooms to meet the needs of its students.
The school first opened its doors at the beginning of the school year and now has a population of about 40 students, twelve teachers and ten school learning support officers (SLSO).
Mr Clare was joined at the official opening by Mr Murat Dizdar (Executive Director – Public Schools NSW), Mr Rob Leonarder (School Education Director – South Western Sydney Schools), the State Member for Bankstown, Ms Tania Mihailuk MP, the school’s foundation principal, Mr Peter Skinner as well as principals from a number of neighbouring public schools.
“This is a great community asset and it will provide a lot of local children and families with the specialist services they need and deserve,” Mr Clare said.
“It was a delight to see the students so excited about their new school and I congratulate the Principal and staff of George Bass, the Department, Bass High and our local residents, for their efforts in ensuring that the school becomes a permanent fixture within the Bankstown community,” Ms Mihailuk said.
Parents and students celebrated the official opening with a special school assembly.
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