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“Sight For Schools” by Frankie Dean

“Pinewood Primary School has been delighted by the service and quality of the Sight For School’s Program. The professionalism and advice offered to families during the program has made it a very rewarding experience for students who have been effected by poor vision. Thank you Frankie Dean Eyewear for initiating the Sight For School’s program within our school.”

Assistant Principal – Robbie Mallett

Pinewood Primary School

School Name; Pinewood Primary School

Address; Pinewood Drive, Mount Waverley 3149.

Phone: +61 3 9887 8233

Fax: +61 3 9802 7003

E-Mail: pinewood.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Pinewood Primary School aim to provide children with education and care of the highest possible standard within a safe, secure and stimulating environment.

“The school opened on Wednesday, 27th September, 1961. There were 149 children and six classrooms in the main school building. Mr A.C. Hughes was the head teacher and there were four other teachers. It was just a building in a paddock with no boundary fence and no assembly area.”

From it’svery humble beginnings, Pinewood Primary School has blossomed and just celebrated 50 years. The school has grown to over 410 students with “16 classes and 6 specialist teachers, one principal, an assistant principal, 2 office staff and 10 part-time staff at the Out Of Hours Program”.

Pinewood Primary School has an experienced team of dedicated teachers whom each in their own right and collectively as a team offer a variety of skills and talents that complement the schools diverse education program.

Pinewood Primary School and their dedicated Teachers and Staff:

  • acknowledge that all students have a capacity to learn
  • have an understanding of how students develop and learn
  • recognise, respect and respond to the individual differences of their students
  • treat students respectfully, equitably and justly
  • engender positive attitudes, confidence and self esteem within all students
  • set and maintain high standards of student behaviour and academic achievement

At Frankie Dean we share the Vision of Pinewood Primary that every Student has the “right to learn”.

After successfully running a pilot program with Pinewood Primary School in late 2012, Frankie Dean decided to officially launch our Sight For Schools program to primary schools across Victoria commencing 2013. Pinewood Primary School were the first school to officially benefit from the Sight For Schools program in early 2013.

Sight for School

Children should preferably have their eyes examined at the ages of 3, 6 and 13 and more regularly if there's a history of eye problems in the family. According to the Optometrists Association of Australia children often don't recognise that they have a vision problem and are unable to communicate the symptoms they are experiencing.

This is one of major reasons why our Sight For Schools program is aimed specifically towards Primary Schools, and with the assistance of Parents and Teachers at Pinewood Primary we were able to identify several affected by vision problems with symptoms such as;

  • Frequent blinking, squinting, rubbing eyes.
  • Difficulty writing, reading, seeing the blackboard at school.
  • Holding head at an awkward angle when reading or closing/covering one eye to focus.
  • Holding reading materials close to face.
  • Red, tired eyes.
  • Headaches.
  • Disinterest in reading, writing and schoolwork which requires close attention.

The goal of the program was to educate parents and teachers of Pinewood Primary about frequently overlooked vision problems in the hope of helping those children who struggle unnecessarily because of undiagnosed vision disorders. In fact, many of these children are often suspected of having learning disabilities, dyslexia, or attention deficit when the real culprit is their vision.

After successful detection who these Children are, and through the collective efforts of Frankie Dean and Pinewood Staff, parents and their children had their eyes tested by fully qualified Optometrists in the local area. With a copy of Prescription in hand, Frankie Dean qualified Optical Dispensers returned to the school 4 weeks after the program’s inception and proceeded to fit children with optical glasses to suit their prescription.

Primary School Program

At the completion of this process one of our Optical Dispensers returned to the school with a bag full of goodies!

FREE optical frame with lenses for all those children that participated in the program!

After some final adjustments with the students to make sure each child’s prescription glasses were fine we bid farewell to Pinewood Primary School knowing that those children would have a greater capacity to learn and fully benefit from the teachings of Pinewood staff.

We are here to support children’s eyesight, so you can support our “Sight for Schools” program by supporting Frankie Dean eyewear.