Pirates and eagles playground ahoy

JIMMY HICK - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 09:25 15/08/2012
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Jimmy Hick
Playtime: Central School, New Plymouth, pupils from left, back, Sarah Tattersall, 10, and Kennedy Price, 11; front, Jed Tapp, 10, and Issac Cooksley, 11, can’t wait for their new $55,000 playground.

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Kennedy Price, 11, loved watching the Olympic gymnastics - and soon she'll be trying out her own moves on one of Central School's $55,000 new playgrounds.

Kennedy, who's in her last year at the school, says she loves the monkey bars and her favourite thing about school is "all the fitness".

Principal Juliet Ormrod said so far $50,000 had been raised for the two new playgrounds and the school was hoping to apply for grants to pay for the outstanding amount.

The planned playground upgrades include a 5.3m "pirate tower" for the junior playground and a 6m "eagle's nest" with a two-sided climbing wall for the older pupils.

Mrs Ormrod said the playgrounds, which would be installed next to the swimming pool, would help to challenge children and be well used throughout the school holidays.

"Playgrounds help children with creative play, learning to share and of course physical health. Education is a lot more than national standards," she said.

Mrs Ormrod said the funds for the project had been raised by the school's home and school committee, which had run galas and international lunches to help raise the money.

"We hope to have the new playground equipment in by the next school holidays," she said.

The school was planning on keeping most of the playground equipment it already has, but would sell some older apparatus on TradeMe.

Mrs Ormrod said the plans for new playground gear didn't end there, though.

"Further into the future we have dreams of a flying fox." Jimmy Hick is a Witt journalism student

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