SICK children undergoing lifesaving medical treatment will now have access to education at the comfort of their bedsides.
The Monash Children’s Hospital School was opened last month by Premier and Mulgrave MP Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino.
The $6.8 million school will provide education for children and young people with chronic medical or mental health issues, who are at risk of disengaging or unable to attend their regular school.
Teachers will deliver classes throughout the hospital at students’ bedsides in small activity rooms, central ward areas and in a specialist art room.
The classrooms feature hot-desk areas and are equipped with cameras and the latest technology to enable students to virtually connect with teachers and classmates at their regular school and with their families at home.
Mr Andrews said students undergoing treatment deserved a great education.
“Being in out and of hospital is tough on kids — not only do they miss their friends but it can be hard to keep up with their school work. This school will help them stay connected and keep on top of their studies,” he said.