MOSMAN Park Primary School is fundraising for a new state-of-the-art playground for students and residents.
The school hopes to raise $130,000 over the next few months to upgrade its existing equipment into a nature-themed play area complete with climbing and balance structures, ropes, logs and steppers as well as structures such as cubbies, seating and shelter areas.
Mosman Park Primary School principal Alison Robb said the playground would not only bring significant benefit to the learning environment of students, but the wider local community who will also be able to enjoy the space outside of school hours.
“Outdoor learning experiences have a range of positive effects including reducing stress and improving attention and is believed to support improvements in academic performance and even increase happiness,” she said.
“Along with providing our increasing number of students with a more expansive area for imaginative and active learning, the playground will allow local children further hands on experience in understanding to care for and respect natural environments and well as an opportunity to experience risk and cognitive behaviours that are now widely recognised as lacking from our urban environment.
“We are so grateful to Coles for supporting this initiative at a grass roots level and can’t wait to share the results of the playground transformation with the local community.”
Joining forces with the school are Coles supermarkets at Mosman Park, Claremont, Subiaco and West Leederville, whose shoppers and team members have banded together to donate funds in support of the development.
Having raised more than $6500 so far, Coles Mosman Park store manager Nicola Fox is calling on the community to get behind them and support the worthy cause.
“We are a team of locals serving locals so it means a lot to us to be able to support the families and staff from Mosman Park Primary School, many of whom regularly shop at our store,” said Nicola.
“We are encouraging all our customers to spare some change by donating in our collection tins or at our registers to help make this dream a reality.”