A fully functioning Coles supermarket has been installed at St Lucy’s School in Wahroonga, an independent school for students with disabilities.
The purpose of the supermarket is to assist in teaching students practical life skills and to provide a guided work experience environment for pupils.
Senior students are able to carry out a range of tasks such as stocking shelves, customer service and ensuring the store is a pleasant environment for shoppers.
Meanwhile, junior school students can practise shopping for themselves or help their families on supermarket visits in an authentic and familiar setting.
“Coles at St Lucy’s provides a safe environment to teach our students about safety in the workplace and to develop the important skills needed for effective communication, collaboration and interpersonal relationships in the workplace and beyond,” St Lucy’s School principal David Raphael said.
St Lucy’s has a mission to provide an inspirational education for children with disabilities by giving students the appropriate skills to have successful, safe and meaningful life after graduating.
Coles General Manager and fellow co-chair of the Coles Accessibility Steering Committee Martin Smithson said the supermarket is designed to provide the students with real-life skills.
“Gainful employment is a pathway to security and autonomy and as one of the country’s largest employers we know we have an important role to play,” he said.