School’s mini supermarket to make a maxi difference

Students operate the mini-supermarket at Our Lady of La Vang in Flinders Park (The Southern Cross)

A mini supermarket has been established at a Catholic school in Adelaide to provide students with special needs with hands-on learning experiences. Source: The Southern Cross.

The Woolworths mini store at Our Lady of La Vang School in Flinders Park, a specialist school for children with special needs, mimics the operations of an actual supermarket, with baskets for fresh food, shelving for groceries, ticketing, signage and uniforms the students can wear to create a fully immersive experience.

Using fully operational registers, students also learn to scan grocery items, handle and process sales.

La Vang Fresh Food, as the students have named their new store, has been made possible through a partnership with Woolworths and Fujitsu, with team members from the nearby Fulham Gardens Woolworths supermarket helping students to stock shelves and providing training to operate a register.

Our Lady of La Vang principal Stephanie Grant said it would make a “magnificent difference” to the young people at the school, both now and into the future.

“What we can do with the mini Woolworths La Vang Fresh Foods is provide opportunities for literacy, numeracy, communication skills and the ability to think about pathways now and into the future… the store will provide our students with opportunities to learn new skills in a safe and familiar environment and practice them in a real-life situation.

“We anticipate it will promote teamwork, interpersonal skills and independence skills.”

The new mini Woolworths at Our Lady of La Vang is the 10th mini-supermarket of its kind in Australia and the first to open in South Australia.


School supermarket to promote hands-on learning (By Lindy McNamara, The Southern Cross

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