Wonga school proud of new playground
A state-of-the-art playground at Wonga Beach State School was officially opened by Douglas Mayor Julia Leu on Sunday.
The playground was made possible through a successful grant application prepared by school volunteer, Ms Jocoba Henning, and the Parents and Citizens (P&C) Committee of the school.
The $35,000 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Grant Scheme was supplemented by $15,000 from school fundraising activities and $5,000 from the school’s finances to replace the CCA treated timber playground that was built with the school in 1999.
“The design of the playground was the work of prep teacher, Jacqui Osborne, who used the opportunity to complement the students’ classroom education activities,” Therese Maloney, president of the P&C committee said.
“The shade sail we had before has been refurbished and will be installed very soon,” she said.
Ms Osborne said she designed the playground so “kids could be kids” while all the components of the equipment were catering for the development of motor skills.
“We use the playground in conjunction with things like reading for example,” Ms Osborne said, “where we would read a book about castles and towers and then act out the story in the playground.”
“It gives the children an opportunity to have real-world applications to their learning,” she said.
The Wonga Beach State School has a very strong environmental program as well as a recognised high academic standard.
In recent years, the school has recorded above state average scores in the NAPLAN assessments.