New play­ground to be the best bar none

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By JES­SICA FLOYD-CRABBE

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.

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