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Wetherby schoolchildren welcome adventure playground

NAWN 1404292AM1 t. Joseph's Catholic Primary school new play aera. School Council members play on some of the naw equipment in the play area. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404202AM1)

NAWN 1404292AM1 t. Joseph's Catholic Primary school new play aera. School Council members play on some of the naw equipment in the play area. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404202AM1)

The children of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School have given a warm welcome to their newly opened adventure playground.

Part of a joint venture between the school and the parent group the Friends of St Joseph, the new addition is made up of mostly wooden apparatus.

Children can then negotiate these obstacles to find a way from one end of the activity zone to the other.

Two members of the school council, Niamh Page and Emily Peel, wrote to the Wetherby News in their excitement about the development. They said: “After months of the school council and PTA planning this wonderful structure, we are delighted to see our hard work and effort come to life.

“We believe that learning outside is a fun and active way to interact with the children to show them that St Joseph’s way of teaching is cool! (And healthy!)

“However we can’t forget that the reason our school playground is 99.9 per cent better because of the constant hard work of the PTA and all the governors for help us create this fantasy.”

The playground is situated behind the school’s outdoor classroom, which was designed by the pupils themselves and officially opened at the annual summer fair.

This means that lessons can take place outdoors, which many believe promotes a diverse learning experience for children.

Head teacher Stephen Nicholson said: “A couple of children came to me last year to ask if we could have an adventure playground, so it is really me fulfilling my promise to them.

“It is a trim trail, so there are activities for the children to get from one end to the other without touching the floor. It is quite an exciting resource.

“We did it as a joint venture with the PTA and it is going to continue as soon as funds are available. They decided that rather than erecting an adventure playground, they actually cleared the space so we could get the playground in. They have put a lot of hard work in.”

The school is now hoping to continue raising funds to extend the adventure playground and continue developing their outdoor space.

Mr Nicholson said: “We couldn’t have done it without the support of the parents and the friends of St Joseph’s. We are certainly very glad of the support we get.”

The Friends of St Joseph work alongside staff and children to raise funds for the school and form closer links between the school and the community.

Their other recent projects include the installation of flower beds with seats for the children and a path linking the playground and the outdoor classroom.

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