Newspaper article: The Weekender, April 18th 2013
St Hilda's head wants more rough and tumble
Modern landscaping and computers leave young students physically uncoordinated, afraid of taking risks and anxious about things they are not familiar with. To rectify these problems, the head of St Hilda's Anglican Girls' School's junior school, Julia QuanSing-Rowlands, has requested help to build a nature-based playground in Perth.
"Children now walk and move on flat surfaces" she said. "In the olden days, we were used to rough and tumble. We climbed rocks and wandered through creek beds catching tadpoles... " "Modern children don't have the same sort of experiences". We are noticing differences in risk-taking and creativity. They are anxious about doing anything not within the realm of familiarity." She said teachers had noticed children's visual acuity was not developing - an area that needed more research.
"With the early use of computers, the three dimensional perspective that children are actually using is not in relation to their body, their limbs and so forth." "They are actually seeing three dimensions on a two-dimension screen. The development of where their arms and legs are in relation to their eyes .... is not developing as well...as we would like"
"We have also noticed a little bit of flow through their visual strategies for spelling"
Major Ron Norris commented " As far as I am concerned it is terrifically useful and beneficial idea"
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