Posted: Tue 9th Feb 2016

Pupils enjoy new play area thanks to £5,000 grant funding

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 2016

Children at Ysgol Penycae can now enjoy new play facilities in their school yard thanks to a bid for Lottery funds put together by their deputy headteacher. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Laura McGee, deputy headteacher at Penycae, put a bid in for the funds at the start of the new year, and the new facility was built just a few weeks later after the bid was successful. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The new 20-metre long obstacle course – featuring equipment such as a wooden bridge and balancing beam – has already proven a hit with pupils. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Miss McGee said: “We didn’t have anything there before – it was just a stretch of ground before that. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The children love it – they’re always on it. We’ve put together a rota so all the children get a chance to use it. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It’s very popular. They love the challenge of it. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We’re very keen to promote healthy lifestyles here at the school and give the children the opportunity to be even more active at breaktime.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Tim Newbould, headteacher at the school, said: “The children really like it – it’s a made a really positive impact to playtimes.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Joan Lowe, chair of the board of governors at Penycae, said: “It’s wonderful to see that the children have the chance to make use of such a fantastic facility. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I know the emphasis the school places on healthy lifestyles, so anything that can be done at school to help the pupils become more active is very positive.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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