Play­ground a pupil’s dream

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

You can’t get the kids off Mana Montes­sori’s new play­ground.

The new cen­tre­piece for the Whitby preschool’s out­door area was fin­ished late last year and cost $ 36,000. It came about through fundrais­ing or­gan­ised by the school’s par­ent com­mit­tee and sup­port from the com­mu­nity, head of school Ni­cola Dickie says.

‘‘The kids just love the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, it’s chal­leng­ing for them, with things like the logs to step on, test­ing their abil­i­ties. It’s just a beau­ti­ful area for ev­ery­one now and it’s due to lots of hard work from the com­mit­tee.’’

What used to be a grassy hillock now has a large slide and a nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre and quiet area at the back for the chil­dren to re­lax in.

The play­ground will be of­fi­cially opened by Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett on March 2, kick­ing off an af­ter­noon of ac­tiv­i­ties and a Whee­lathon in the En­deav­our Park car park. There will be a bouncy cas­tle, sausage siz­zle, cake stalls and old-fash­ioned lemon­ade to sam­ple.

‘‘It’s a real so­cial event, giv­ing all the par­ents a chance to come to­gether and the com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to see the school and hear what we’re about,’’ Ms Dickie says.

The Whee­lathon and rib­bon cut­ting is at 1.15pm on March 2.

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