Water fun forms basis of new play equipment

Front: Emily Vine, Taj Weston, Eden Ramsay and back: Niamh Ramsay and Alex Phipps enjoying Connolly Primary School’s new natureplay space. Picture: Emma Goodwin        d433313
Front: Emily Vine, Taj Weston, Eden Ramsay and back: Niamh Ramsay and Alex Phipps enjoying Connolly Primary School’s new natureplay space. Picture: Emma Goodwin        d433313

Funded by the school�s P&C and with money raised from raffles and other events, the new �natureplay� space is aimed for kindergarten, pre-primary and Year 1 students.

Following a trip to Naturescape Kings Park, students were asked to brainstorm what they would like to see in their playground.

�The provision of a water source was a key element that was identified and lent itself to supporting the teaching of a vast array of maths and sciences concepts,� teacher Ann Newton said.

�The trickle creek now has pride of place in the middle of stage one of the playground and features a water pump that children work collaboratively to use.�

She said the school envisaged the playground to �create a bushscape with hidey holes and areas which encouraged creative, imaginative play and purposeful conversations�.

The next stage of the playground will include a fishing jetty in the beach sandpit, a tipi and a talking circle made with tree stumps.