Sunday 25 January 2015

Sensory Room opens at Marino

Published 26/02/2014 | 05:22

Simon Harris TD (centre) officially opens the new multisensory room in Marino School, with (L-R) Adam O'Toole, Michael O'Sullivan (Head Boy), Cassie Doyle (Head Girl), Luke Cahill. Front: Scott McCann, Niamh Corkery, Cillian Poole, Preyah Chigombe Kane.

Pupils and staff at Marino School in Bray are enjoying the benefits of a new sensory room which was officially opened on Monday.

The family of the late Rory Quin, a past pupil, donated substantial funds for the room.

A range of local artists also contributed generously following their art exhibition at Marino in October, while local girl Sadhbh Dempsey set up her own mini company to raise funds for her sister's school.

Specialists 'Adam and Friends' designed and installed the state-of-the-art new room at the special school. The new room uses light, sound and a range of specialised equipment including a bubble tube, infinity tunnel, projector and star ceiling.

All of this creates a calm environment for relaxation. There are switches which allow students with restricted mobility to interact with equipment and have control over their choice of activity.

Deputy Simon Harris joined the students to officially launch the facility on Monday with parents invited along to celebrate on the day.

Deputy Harris said that the facility will play a huge role in the educational development of Marino's pupils. 'The multisensory room will provide great comfort to the pupils and teachers who fundraised tirelessly for this development,' he said.

'The opening of this facility marks a great day for Marino School but also for all those working with children with special educational needs in County Wicklow.'

'We can already see benefits for numerous students attending Marino School,' said a representative of the school.

'Thank you to everyone who helped to make this new multisensory room become a reality.'

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