New playground for students at RIDBC

Daniel, Johannes and Austin with RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, shooting the first hoops on their new basketball court

Parents, students and teachers from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Garfield Barwick School have gathered to officially open the school’s new basketball court, Monday 11 February.

The project first got underway in 2011 when four GBS students put together a convincing case for a new playground, presenting their argument to RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

“They were very persuasive,” said RIDBC Garfield Barwick School Principal, Sandi Ambler. “Daniel, Mika, Johannes and Austin had great foresight on this issue and put up a compelling argument. They have continued to advocate for this project for the last two years and should be commended for their dedication and energy.“We’re also very grateful for the support we received from the government, as well as the local business community, for this amazing new court. All our students can now look forward to a safer, happier experience in the playground.”

The basketball court was made possible with support from a Federal Government grant. The project was also supported by the local business community. $20,000 was raised at the WRI Insurance Brokers Pro-Am event in December 2012 with the backing of corporate sponsors and golfers and the support Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club.

“WRI Insurance Brokers is delighted that the funds raised at our Pro Am Golf day at Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club have assisted in the upgrade of the playground at RIDBC Garfield Barwick School. We hope the new basketball court will give many happy memories to the students at the school - knowing how excited they are to use the court had certainly made all our efforts worthwhile,” said WRI Insurance Brokers Managing Director, Robert Moir.

RIDBC Garfield Barwick School caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who have hearing loss, and who are learning to listen and speak with the assistance of hearing aids or cochlear implants. The school aims to gradually transition students into a mainstream environment by Year Six.

RIDBC assists over 3000 children with significant hearing or vision loss, and their families, across Australia.