Inclusiveness has become the main inspiration for building a new playground at St Christopher’s Catholic Primary Holsworthy.
Principal, Tony Boyd, and local member for the state seat of Menai, Melanie Gibbons, have turned the first sod on the new $70,000 playground that will be the first of three at the school.
Costing a total of $150,000 for the three playgrounds the state government has contributed $30,000 to the Bush Playspace Project after meetings with the students, parents and school on how the space could be best used.
The first stage is the playground at the centre of the school.
Mr Boyd said he wanted a central playground for the school that was challenging for all the students but also accessible to both younger and older students.
Designed by playspace architect Fiona Robbé there is no rubber “softfall”, instead there is mulch, grass, soft planting and low heights. In addition there will be tree plantings for shelter.
A wooden bridge will connect one side of the playground to the other over a dry creek bed.
During wet weather the ground becomes sodden so water drainage is an important feature of the playground landscape.
Mr Boyd said Stage Two of the playground, at another part of the school, will have adventure equipment and a “ship” with poles for balancing and Stage Three will contain climbing equipment at a more challenging level for the older students.
“What I love about it is that you have had a say,” said Ms Gibbons at the school blessing ceremony.