Unley Publications : Unley Life Autumn 2018
12 Most parents take for granted that their child will have places to go where they can interact, learn and play with their peers. But for Angie Pangallo, and many other parents of children with Asperger Syndrome, that was not the case. Mrs Pangallo’s search took her on a journey that led her to establish her own support group and open a centre that gives children with Asperger Syndrome a place where they can learn social skills, develop friendships and find a sense of belonging in a suppor tive community. “Our aim here at the Gold Foundation, is to always see children find happiness, friendship and a place of belonging,” Mrs Pangallo says. “ We believe that all children deserve to enjoy life and fully participate in every aspect of community life. The Gold Foundation is an avenue for these children to be a part of this.” Connor, Mrs Pangallo’s son and inspiration for the Gold Foundation, couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out. “I am where I am because of the Gold Foundation. It has changed me completely. It taught me how to be a better person,” Connor says. The Gold Foundation have recently moved into the Unley area and can be found at 18 Trimmer Terrace, Unley. It runs social skills programs, family events, youth groups and education programs for young people with Asperger Syndrome and their families. For more information, visit goldfoundation.com.au A piece of Unley’s history has been restored to its former glory, thanks to careful preservation work undertaken by Walford Anglican School for Girls. Heritage-listed Reed House, which sits in the heart of Walford’s Junior School, was built as a private residence in 1854. In the decades that followed it was owned by a number of colourful characters including a builder, an auctioneer and a hotelier. Then bet ween 1926 and 1957 Reed House housed Unley Private Hospital before it was purchased under the leadership of former Walford Head Mistress Nina Morrison. The Hyde Park school has recently refurbished the iconic building’s exterior and interior, restoring it to its original state. Walford Head of Junior School Melissa Threadgold says the building underwent a sensitive and detailed rejuvenation both inside and outside. “ T he cast iron columns and lace detail were painstakingly restored and the original slate sills have been carefully laid back in place,” she says. “An increase to paving and seating around the building has led to more spaces for our students not only for play but also for extending our outside learning oppor tunities.” As part of the work, the building’s roof was also replaced, stonework was repointed, verandas were rebuilt and a ramp was installed. The school’s learning space for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including coding and robotics, has also been upgraded within the building. For more information about Walford Anglican School for Girls, please visit walford.net.au A golden idea Walford restores heritage building to former glory Connor and Angie Pangallo.
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