Wonga school proud of new play­ground

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

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.

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