Saturday, 13 August 2022

New playground at St Mary's School

A PLAYGROUND at St Mary’s School in Henley has been refurbished with a new £10,000 climbing frame as the centrepiece

A PLAYGROUND at St Mary’s School in Henley has been refurbished with a new £10,000 climbing frame as the centrepiece.

The wooden equipment, which has a slide, bridge and monkey bars, was installed over the summer holidays and officially opened by headteacher Rob Harmer in the first week of the new term.

The playground has been resurfaced with cushioned synthetic turf and part of it now features colourful markings, shapes, targets, a roadway and a hopscotch grid. The whole project cost about £25,000 and was paid for by the school and with money raised by its friends group of parents and volunteers.

Mr Harmer said: “I’m delighted. We wanted to install the new playground, not only from a safety perspective but also an aesthetic one.

“We have really opened up the bottom of the playground and I think it just enhances the school no end.

“The children already love it — we get requests from them wanting to come and play on the climbing frame before and after school.”

He said the new surface would significantly reduce the bumps and grazes suffered by the children when they fall over as they will have a soft landing.

Morag Broom, who chairs the friends group, said: “We wanted something that was safe for our children to play on and update what was there. It worked well with the school replacing the surface.

“It just adds to the children’s experience at the school, which is a lovely community anyway, and it enhances their education and fun.”

Mr Harmer added: “We are incredibly grateful to the friends for raising the money for this new equipmen, which really has transformed our playground.

“Children from all classes, including our nursery, will get much use and delight from it.The joy on the children's faces and parents when they came to see it on the first morning was wonderful.”

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