New playground for St Andrew’s Primary

The children of St Andrew's Primary School returned following the October break to find their new playground equipment had been installed and was ready for exploring.
The children of St Andrew's Primary School returned following the October break to find their new playground equipment had been installed and was ready for exploring.

The pupils of St Andrew’s Primary School have been making the most of their brand new playground equipment - thanks to a Big Lottery Fund bid.

We reported earlier this year that the school had submitted an application to Awards for All Scotland in order to purchase playground equipment which would enhance the children’s play and learning experiences at the school.

Walking the balance beam.

Walking the balance beam.

The parent council had raised £3,000 towards the cost, and the school was delighted to learn in May that their application had been approved for £9,756.

Principal teacher, Jacqueline Shields, told us: “It’s been a long time coming, and we’re delighted it’s finally here.

“We’ve got children who are now enthusiastic about being active outdoors, and as a result are more engaged when learning in the classroom.”

Tom O’Reilly from the school’s parent council said: “I’d like to thank everyone who committed time and effort arranging many fund-raising events over the last five years, including the children, school staff, parents, carers, the parish and friends of St Andrew’s Church.

Some of the school's pupils have been asking to come to school earlier than normal to take advantage of the new equipment!

Some of the school's pupils have been asking to come to school earlier than normal to take advantage of the new equipment!

“The kids are more active, using the quipment imaginatively, and are even asking to come to school earlier!

“Well done, everyone.”

The new equipment - which was installed by George Hanson Building Contractors Ltd during the October break so as to minimise disruption to the pupils’ education - includes a chute, climbing platform, raised shelter, balance beams and climbing apparatus.

The children have most certainly been taking advantage of recent sunny weather to explore their new playground, and have been enjoying their more interactive play area.