Good Shepherd Catholic School students become ninja warriors

L-R: Year 6 students Lucas Hoeden (11) of Mt Lawley and Matthew Moyo (11) of Dayton at the new Ninja Playground. Photo: David Baylis
L-R: Year 6 students Lucas Hoeden (11) of Mt Lawley and Matthew Moyo (11) of Dayton at the new Ninja Playground. Photo: David Baylis

GOOD Shepherd Catholic School in Lockridge has become the first Australian school to install a ninja playground.

It comes after the school trialled ninja obstacle courses in previous years.

The school drew inspiration from the ninja warrior obstacle course at Russell Street Park in Morley, and it sought the same designers to build a children’s version.

The playground, installed last month, has nine obstacles and QR codes for students to scan their iPads to find out how to do each obstacle.

This is an addition to the school’s junior and nature playgrounds.

Physical education teacher Olly Blatchford said the warped walls, spinning log, basket toss and spider web were obstacles from the television show, Australian Ninja Warrior.

“For a lot of the kids, they can’t do this stuff yet,” he said.

“I want them to push themselves over time to progress through it.

“We found a lot of kids can do monkey bars and the flying fox that we have got.

“This is another level, these (obstacles) are harder to do and we can progress them.”