There was delight for all at St Andrew’s Primary this week at the news the school is to receive a grant of almost £10,000 for playground renovations.
The school’s parent council, for several years, has been raising money to help with the school’s playground refurbishment plans which aim at provided better play and learning facilities outdoors for the children. So far they have raised £3,000, but this latest boost will enable to school to implement their plans
In December, St Andrew’s submitted their final application to Awards for All Scotland and were delighted to discover they’d been approved to receive £9,756 for the works.
Principal teacher, Jacqueline Shields, told us: “It’s been a lot of work and it’s been a real team effort in getting us to this point. From the pupils, the parents, Argyll and Bute Council, the people who’ve given us advice on how to submit applications - it’s really been years in the making, and it’s been so exciting to see it all come to life.
“The next step is to get the pupil council involved to see exactly what kind of playground they would like to have.”
Plans for the playground include outdoor equipment for climbing, balancing, jumping and swinging, places to sit quietly and talk, a sensory garden, and improved resources in the school grounds for teaching and learning. These plans came directly from the school’s pupil-led Eco Committee.
It is hoped that the new playground will provide pupils with a new platform for learning literacy and numeracy, a place that stimulates creativity, and importantly makes every pupil feel included.