Aimed at inspiring lifelong wellbeing, the PLC Lighthouse will provide the School’s 1200 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 with state-of-the-art facilities to undertake the Australian curriculum in health and physical education.
Fitness and relaxation classes, a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech pathologist, nutrition and mindfulness courses and group classes for parents and children aged up to five years will be offered at PLC Perth’s world-leading Lighthouse facility when it opens next year.
Principal Dr Kate Hadwen said as part of the Lighthouse development she was delighted to announce PLC Perth was partnering with service providers and allied health professionals to deliver a suite of programmes and classes to current, former and prospective students and their families.
“The quality and quantity of health and wellbeing services we will offer to our School community at the Lighthouse will be unlike any other school in the world,’ Dr Hadwen said. “The PLC Lighthouse is truly a world-first facility and is a game-changer for health and wellbeing education.
“Health and physical education lessons will be delivered in the purpose-built facility. Every student at PLC Perth will be taught using the latest research, technology and equipment to arm them with the necessary tools to help promote optimal mental health and navigate their way through a life in which mental illness is becoming increasingly prevalent.”
Under the partnerships;
- Exercise physiology company O2 Active will deliver fitness programmes before and after school such as Kindy Ballet Twirl, Karate Kid, Funky Jazzerina, Ballet, Hip Hop, Bootcamp Minis, Boxilates, Self Defence, Yoga and Zumba.
- Parents will be able to book on-site speech pathology and occupational therapy appointments for their child.
- The services of Cottesloe Sports Physiotherapy will be available to students at the Lighthouse.
In addition, parents with children aged up to five-years-old will benefit from;
- Early childhood service provider PLAYworks will deliver Petite Artistes and Creative Explorers art courses, as well as reading, story-telling, and playgroup activities.
- Freesia Music will offer the music enrichment programme Music Heart. This music programme follows the international Kodály method and flows seamlessly through to music education at PLC Perth.
- O2 Active will provide parent and child classes such as Yoga Baby Bears and Family Acro Monkeys.
O2 Active Director Caitlin Hunt said the company was excited to join PLC Perth to educate students and provide a positive influence on their wellbeing.
“By teaching positive, healthy ideals and practices, we will help students live fuller lives, make good lifestyle choices and equip them with coping techniques they can use well after their school life,’ Ms Hunt said.
“The Lighthouse is a unique opportunity to incorporate professional health and wellness services into the daily lives of students. We will make every opportunity available to them to learn how to live actively and be happy, healthy and well.
Brett Slocombe, Cottesloe Sports Physiotherapy Clinic Director and three time Olympic team physiotherapist to the Australian swimming and Australian kayak teams said the Lighthouse was an incredible intiative by PLC.
“The chance to work closely with students, their families, sports, dance, drama and Boarding House staff to prevent injury, manage pain and build long term resilience is exceptional,” Mr Slocombe, who has been treating the local community for 20 years, said.
“It is an opportunity to work collaboratively with other professionals using evidence-based practice, education and support to give the best possible outcomes.
“A zero "preventable injury” tally is the holy grail for all sporting teams. Implementing high quality “pre-hab” programs - exercise programs that address prevention of injury - will enable a strong, proactive approach for lifelong wellbeing.”
PLC Director of Wellbeing Laura Allison said there were also plans to provide short courses for the community on mindfulness, nutrition and wellbeing.
“The Lighthouse will integrate wellbeing with service learning through community art projects and food rescue programmes by cooking for the homeless and disadvantaged,” Ms Allison said.
“We are also in the process of securing national and international health and wellbeing leaders for public speaking events and workshops.
“PLC Lighthouse creates a space for wellbeing in action, through education, experiences and connection, truly inspiring lifelong wellbeing.”
The PLC Lighthouse includes a gymnasium, circuit room, expressive art room, mind body rooms, recharge area, nutrition centre, café, rooftop garden and meeting rooms. Find out more here.
Media contact: PLC Director of Strategic Communications, Keryn McKinnon - 9424 6439 or 0484 777 007