Peter Pan Preschool

21st September 2016

Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:13 :32 ): I acknowledge a wonderful organisation that has not only served the children of my electorate for more than 50 years but also encapsulates the true meaning of community spirit. The Peter Pan Preschool at Wangi Wangi School has operated as a community-based centre for 52 years. In fact, it was officially opened by Wangi's favourite son, Australian artist Sir William Dobell, 50 years ago. The school is among a dwindling number of not-for-profit community-based centres in the State that are run entirely by local families. It is consistently full of lively children, currently has a waiting list of more than 60, is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and is a highly valued institution in the community.

It currently employs an occupational therapist to assist children with motor development, while the proceeds of a fete held recently will help to fund a speech pathologist. The school is one of only two in the State that offers a language and communication program that can identify communication issues in children before they reach school age. I particularly acknowledge the centre's president, Joanna Mantle, and director Lynne Howard for the wonderful job they do, and all the staff and families who contribute their time and expertise.

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