New playground equipment at Foveran School has been officially opened.
Pupils, teachers, local politicians and a parent council representative gathered last Friday for the unveiling.
We are a small school and we should be very proud of the wonderful improvements made hereDavid Williams Foveran Head Teacher
The equipment, costing around £10,000, was recently installed by various firms financed primarily by The Big Lottery Fund, Hill O’Fiddes Community Fund and the school’s parent council.
The playground has games, basketball nets and the old shelter has been replaced with the assistance of Cala Homes. Attractive bedding plants are featured at the rear of the building.
Children from the pupil council were involved in the design of the new fixtures.
Head teacher David Williams said it had been a key priority of his since starting in November, 2012, to improve the playground. He added: “We have achieved so much since then. We have still have much to do to improve our playground including an entire resurface, raised fencing, outdoor storage unit conversion into a working space for pupils, and improved school gates.
“We are a small school and we should be very proud of the wonderful improvements made here.
UNICEF representatives visited Foveran on Monday to assess if it is a rights-respecting school and Mr Wiliams believes the playground achievements send out a strong message about its inclusion of pupils, parents and the wider community.
Local councillors Gillian Owen and Rob Merson both attended the opening and praised the school’s efforts.
Councillor Owen said: “It seems like yesterday that I was collecting my son Alex from this school.
“Alex and his friends would have been over the moon to have such a fantastic facility.”
Councillor Merson added: “The children were clearly delighted with their choice of installations, and relished the opportunity to show them off.
“The playground at Foveran, being on such a steep slope, has long been recognised as being unfit for purpose.
“The installation of this equipment will very much enhance the play experience of the children, and make break times far more enjoyable for them.