It is rare these days that children are encouraged to take risks. Too often they’re told not to climb trees. Dirt is washed off and mud is frowned upon. Sticks are put down and plastic playgrounds put up. Well, here at St Kilda Primary School we are about to change all that. We think play is important, vital actually. Albert Einstein once said it is the highest form of research and we agree. And so, we have created an Enchanted Playground, where risk taking is encouraged, dirt is good and sticks become a myriad of things when sprinkled with the imagination of a child.
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Our little class of 25 students from 3/4K, all 9 or 10 years old have spent their entire school year researching play, exploring playgrounds, surveying the school population, listening to experts and designing The Enchanted Garden. And now it is ready!
Today we swung open our majestic gates and launched our new playground. From a distance it looks like boulders, wooden paths and poles. There are no swings, no slides and no monkey bars but if you add imagination it becomes a wonderland.
We have created the playground of the future that looks very much like the playgrounds of long ago. And we are so very excited.
Year 3/4K cherubs and their visionary teacher, Cassandra King, been the driving force behind the project. In addition I would love to acknowledge the time, energy and enthusiasm shared by: School Council, our Building, Grounds, Sustainability and Masterplan Committee, Jo O’Malley, Dave Lister and Anabel Norbury who were inspirational every step of the way, Steve Botond who did a great deal of the heavy hardwork, Adam Young who sourced our impressive gates, families who participated in our recent working bee, Flemings Nursery (Monbulk) who donated 3 trees and AGS who undertook the massive task if developing the front of our school. Ash Smith and Matt Harvey from AGS were incredible to work with. They truly transformed the front of our school!
We were thrilled to have the Honourable Martin Foley, local member for Albert Park open The Enchanted Garden. He spoke with great enthusiasm before cutting the ribbon and swinging open the huge gates for the hordes of children to pour through! It was a beautiful sight.
Thank you also to the many parents and grandparents who attended the opening.