According to the Centre for Inclusive Education in Canada, the characteristics of an inclusive school are these:
A supportive environment
|Grade 1s at the Science Centre|
Children at Pinelands North are encouraged to build good relationships with aftercare staff, an older grade 7 pupil, and other children of all ages who 'work' within the school with them like the bird and bunny monitors. We find that having all our children playing together on the playground is exceptionally positive - different aged children play together and care for each other amazingly well. Some children struggle socially and so for them, the section of individual games and puzzles outside my office is a lifesaver at break time or before school.
Feelings of Competence
|Grade 4 Market Day|
Opportunties to Participate
Children at school need opportunities to test their participation is as many varied fields as possible, particularly in primary school. In doing so they learn how to function in society, in their homes and in school. Pinelands North offers so many of these opportunities:
Best Speaker's Competition
|Early Act Tree of Joy Christmas Gifts|
Biennual school play
Camps and tours
Each of these allows somebody to create a niche for themselves, and in so doing, be accepted widely in their school and society.