North Woodvale PS nature playground to help students develop

Premier Mark McGowan, Education Minister Sue Ellery, Kingsley MLA Jessica Stoijkovski and North Woodvale PS P&C members.
Premier Mark McGowan, Education Minister Sue Ellery, Kingsley MLA Jessica Stoijkovski and North Woodvale PS P&C members.

A NATURE playground at North Woodvale Primary School will help keep students active while developing their imagination and creativity.

Premier Mark McGowan, Education Minister Sue Ellery and Kingsley MLA Jessica Stoijkovski were at the school this afternoon as part of the State Government’s Community Cabinet events in Kingsley and Balcatta to announce $25,000 to the development of the playground.

The project will complement the school’s ‘play pod’ where students are encouraged to use their imagination to play and create things like cubbies, homes and mines with pre-loved items.

Mrs Stojkovski said she met with the school’s sustainability committee and P&C about how it could give students an opportunity to “develop critical skills in a safe environment”.

“The State Government’s investment will help bring their plans for a nature playground to life, creating opportunities for students to engage with nature, build resilience, stimulate imagination, encourage collaboration and create challenges,” she said.

“I know this will be a very welcome and much loved addition to our local school.”

Mr McGowan said the nature playground would also encourage students to be outside and active.

“Students will learn to work together, share and manage risk in a safe and fun environment,” he said.

Ms Ellery added that natural play spaces helped develop and improve language, collaboration, cognitive, emotional and social skills.

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