School board parent representative Claire Phillips says, “Our playground was over forty years old and, although it had been kept up to safety standards, it no longer met requirements needed for 2022.”
“St Joseph’s School applied for this funding as a result of a playground safety audit done at our Waitara site in February this year. Our playground required a lot of work to bring it back up to standard. A safe, yet challenging recreational space for our intermediate class has been desired for some time and last year Years 7 & 8 did a class survey of what the students would most like to have improved.”
We’re now in the process of planning and constructing a new adventure playground which will benefit our students
School board parent representative Claire Phillips
“Thanks to NZCT, we’re now in the process of planning and constructing a new adventure playground which will benefit our students from year 1 - 8. The grant will increase their physical development, improve movement and motor skills, and build social relationships in a safe and healthy context.”
“This resource can be built into the active healthy initiative that we are currently implementing at St Joseph’s, while also supporting our cultural diversity and the quality of opportunities for our tamariki to participate.”
St Joseph’s is an integrated primary and intermediate Catholic school that caters for ages 5-13 years. The playground also serves the local community.
NZCT awarded $15,000 to St Joseph’s School Waitara for playground repairs.