New playground to be the best bar none
A new age- related playground is waiting in the wings for Matamata Intermediate students and with the help of the school’s upcoming Carnival, it is soon to become a reality.
The fundraising event is happening on Friday, March 30, at Matamata Intermediate School, from 3.30pm to 7pm.
With heaps of entertainment, food and competitions, Matamata Intermediate deputy principal Lorraine Stiles, is expecting it to be a big success.
‘‘ We are wanting to attract lots of people to the Carnival.
We are also hoping to raise about $25,000,’’ Mrs Stiles said.
In order for work to start on the new and improved playground for all ages the school needs to have at least $120,000.
The school started fundraising last year and has held an auction night, sausage sizzles and a 24-hour relay – all contributing to the cause.
Mrs Stiles is confident this event will be just as good.
‘‘ At the Carnival there will be something for all ages. There are heaps of competitions and prizes, and even a huge farmer’s market in the hall,’’ she said.
Events include a sandpit hunt and a balloon artist show.
There will be plenty food on offer too.
Competition prizes include a parachute jump
of and first prize of $500.
In winter the existing playground is often closed.
It had been part of the school’s landscape for more than 50 years and it was time for a new one, not only for Matamata Intermediate students but one which teenagers and students from other schools could use during weekends and after school, Mrs Stiles said.
The students are looking forward to the new playground which they believe will improve their and make Friday more exciting.
‘‘The new playground will help me with my physical energy. The bars are too boring at the moment and we can use the new playground in PE,’’ said Tayla Colville, 12.
Mrs Stiles wants people to know that this will be a huge community asset.
‘‘We want our children to be fit and active,’’ she said.
‘‘That is our real focus.’’ fitness sports
Ready to be replaced: Matamata Intermediate students from left, Jared Orr, Tayla Colville and Abbey Thompson are thrilled their wobbly playground will be replaced with a new one.