State cash for The Ponds School Variety Sunshine school bus

Wheel boon: The Ponds School principal Leonie Donaldson accepts a $5000 cheque from Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly (left) and Disability Services Minister John Ajaka.

Wheel boon: The Ponds School principal Leonie Donaldson accepts a $5000 cheque from Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly (left) and Disability Services Minister John Ajaka.

DISABILITY Services Minister John Ajaka has announced $5000 in funding for The Ponds School at Riverstone to help keep their Variety Sunshine school bus on the road.

"When I heard what the funds were being used for, I ensured they were made available as soon as possible — this is a great cause," he said on Thursday.

Mr Ajaka said the school led a highly successful fund-raising campaign for a school bus and raised $50,000 to buy and fit out the bus last year.

"Thanks to representations from the Riverstone local member Kevin Conolly, the bus is now going to be on the road and fully maintained," he said.

All students at The Ponds School have a moderate to severe intellectual disability. After opening in 2012 with 24 students, the school has doubled in size. It will move out of Riverstone High School to a purpose-built school on The Ponds Boulevard next year.

The new school will be able to cater for 130 students.

Mr Conolly said the school was an asset to the local area and to the families of the students.

"I understand recently a partnership was formed with Riverstone High School Student Representative Council members to participate in peer tutoring on a weekly basis," he said.

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