Waikiki PS in the shade after grant allows it to purchase permanent seating for under tree canopy

Students Tahlei Moore and Ainnah Atienza, Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, Troy Barnsley-Platt and Bella Cavanagh.
Students Tahlei Moore and Ainnah Atienza, Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, Troy Barnsley-Platt and Bella Cavanagh.

WOODEN furniture tends to have a soothing effect on our mood and an undeniable way of bringing people together.

That is overall consensus at Waikiki Primary School after a they received a $15,000 grant for fixed, permanent outdoor seating under the canopies of trees.

The tree benches were supplied and made by the Rockingham’s Men’s Shed, bringing together two community groups for the common goal.

The grant also includes the cost of planting mature shade trees to provide shade and comfort for the students.

School principal Craig Stanners said the school was re-imagining its grounds.

“It adds character and makes a huge difference for the kids to be able to sit and eat their lunch in the shade instead of using the undercover area,” he said.

“It’s cooled the area down and minimises the reflective heat from the pavers.

“It’s where the whole school congregates now.

“We are just so appreciative of the support from Reece Whitby; it’s brought our grounds work forward by at least 18months.

“I really appreciate the way it has used two community groups to help each other – the Rockingham Men’s Shed and the school,” he said.

“I love to see as much greenery as possible in schools – the more shade the better.”

“Being able to sit under a tree and eat your lunch is great for kids.”

Future plans include planting fruit trees for students to pick from to encourage healthy eating.

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