Path thrills the senses

Kindergarten students Indianna Avard,Bailey Vasukicakau, Isaac Lim and Lacey Faulkner. Picture: Martin Kennealeyd424522
Kindergarten students Indianna Avard,Bailey Vasukicakau, Isaac Lim and Lacey Faulkner. Picture: Martin Kennealeyd424522

Constructed from locally-sourced materials, the path features a variety of shapes and colours, a wooden bridge made from railway sleepers, a faux cattle grid, a re-fuelling slip lane, sections with painted sea creatures and two crosswalks.

Running through the centre is a dry creek bed and a limestone pathway to connect the two crosswalks.

School officer Angie Brierley said the school and a small group of volunteers had worked hard to design and build the path.

‘The path will add to the educational value of the school in supporting the teachers in their role in teaching road safety,’ she said.

‘It is also about implementing more natural outdoor play spaces to meet the needs of the children and to enhance the intentional teaching aspects that occur in the outdoor environment in line with best practices as outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework.’

The school used a Connecting Schools Grant split between the City of Cockburn and the Department of Transport to fund the project.

Even after building the path, there was enough money in the kitty to buy three new bikes, road signs for the bike path and three scooter racks.

‘The emphasis is on teaching the children bike safety and basic road rules as well as enjoying a bike path that offers a great sensory experience,’ Ms Brierley said.