Out­door play space needed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Towntalk -

MOS­MAN Park Pri­mary School is fundrais­ing for a 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 bring sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit to the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment of stu­dents and also the lo­cal com­mu­nity, who would be able to en­joy the space out­side 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, as 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 shops at Mos­man Park, Clare­mont, Su­bi­aco and West Leed­erville.

Hav­ing raised more than $6500 so far, Coles Mos­man Park store man­ager Ni­cola Fox is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to sup­port the wor­thy cause.

Mos­man Park Pri­mary School chil­dren are hop­ing lo­cal peo­ple will sup­port their ap­peal for a na­ture-themed park for the com­mu­nity.

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