Kids’ new playground
Golden Sands school children can see views toMo¯tı¯tı¯ Island from the top of their new slide.
“It’s just so cool,” says school council representative Josh Thorpe. “I couldn’t wait for it to be finished.”
The impressive new playground has been completed and junior and senior students are enjoying its various fun aspects— the impressive spiral slide, climbing bars and hanging frames, log walk, tunnel and even a dinghy for keen sailors.
It’s been a year in the making, with funding from parent donations throughout the year. More than $40,000 was raised by the school’s fun run held last month.
Board of Trustees member Leigh Park says the playground is a two-year funding project and they were grateful to parents and their sponsors.
The playground is brand new. The school had a very small playground from its inception and a bigger playground has always been required.
“With the expansion of our school, land is at a premium, and they used a narrow wedge of grass and filled itwith such a large range of play equipment, we are absolutely delighted with it.”
Leigh says the playground is designed to both challenge the older students and little ones can use it as well.
Golden Sands School has grown from a school roll of 90 students to more than 600 students. The growth in Pa¯pa¯moa East and the school roll has been extraordinary, says principal Melanie Taylor.
“Nowwe have a beautiful new playground for our children and community to enjoy.”
The school council worked with the board of trustees on ideas for the playground, visiting playgrounds around the city. It was designed and installed by Playground Creations.
Other children can enjoy the new playground outside school hours.
Josh Thorpe enjoys the view from the new two-storey slide.