St George School's interactive immersive room aids students

Learning has become an immersive experience for students at St George School at Kogarah.

The school, for students with moderate to severe physical and multiple disabilities, has celebrated the opening of its new interactive immersive room.

As the name suggests, the room allows students to immerse themselves in interactive digital environments.

It is comprised of four projectors that project images onto three walls and the floor in one continuous image.

The programs use sounds, images and other sensations to give students a full sensory experience, causing them to get an actual 'feel' for the environment.

School principal Diana Murphy said the room was both "dynamic and moving".

"The room enhances our teaching and learning and provides opportunities that are endless, simply by projecting onto the screen the real-life scenarios," she said.

"In a practical sense, it can teach students how to cross a road safely or how to catch a train.

"It is an engaging and fun way to learn.

"Teachers across the schools are working together to collaboratively develop resources for teaching and learning and to share successes and existing resources."

Ms Murphy said the school learned a similar room had been built at a special school at Condell Park, and after learning of its success, St George School began planning for its own.

"St George School commenced fundraising and sought donations to enable the realisation of an immersive classroom in the school," she said.

Ms Murphy said the immersive classroom cost $85,400. Of that, was the $17,500 cost of preparing the room, which the school met.

The remaining $67,900 to set up the technology was funded by the The St George Children with Disabilities Fund and the Eros Foundation.