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Inspiring Inclusivity in our Mudgee Kids Programme

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Week 6,
Term Two, 2016

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During 2016, approximately 90 Year 11 students will walk through the doors of a Mudgeeraba Special School classroom. The opportunity sees Somerset students interact with the Mudgee Kids every Wednesday during lunch over a five week period.

During our visits we play, read, paint and talk with these students for 50 minutes. Each Somerset student engages with roughly 6 to 7 students aged between 5 to 18 years depending on the class we’re allocated. Since its inception in 2012, over 450 students will have interacted with these wonderful children.

As soon as the opportunity was announced to the cohort, we knew it was an initiative we wanted to experience. We had heard nothing but positive feedback about the experience from past Year 11 students and now it was our turn.

Walking into a classroom at Mudgeeraba Special School was something most of us considered quite daunting, yet it ended up becoming one of the most important steps we could take. After experiencing this for ourselves, we are confident that we speak on behalf of our cohort, with regards to how humbled and grateful we all are to have participated and interacted with these remarkable children. Although we were extremely nervous upon our first visit, it wasn’t long before we shed our nerves and became confident in the new environment. We all have absolutely loved meeting and playing with the children in each of our classes. Mudgee Kids has been an extremely eye-opening experience.

As the weeks progressed we were able to appreciate that something as simple as these visits could change someone’s entire day, ours included. We have thoroughly enjoyed the time we have spent at Mudgeeraba Special School, and highly recommended it to future Year 11 students.

In an exciting development, the ‘Mad Dogs’, aka the Senior Boys Touch Football team from Mudgeeraba, will be meeting with our 1st XV boys on a weekly basis to share their knowledge and skills in all things rugby. The Mad Dogs have a great reputation and will certainly give our boys a good workout!

We hope your year so far has found moments of sparkle and inspiration. The Mudgee Kids Programme provides endless supplies. Thanks, Mr Walker, for this amazing opportunity.

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