Amaroo Primary School completes 'nature playground'

Students at Amaroo Primary School enjoying their new 'nature playground'.
Students at Amaroo Primary School enjoying their new 'nature playground'.

Students at Amaroo Primary School will be able to enjoy their new playground after stage two of the ‘nature play’ program was completed recently.

The program has turned an empty patch of grass at the school into an area into a space where students can interact with the environment.

Amaroo Primary School P&C President Simone Fraser said the aim of the project is to get students using their imaginations while playing.

“We’re hoping that [the playground] engages the students for some creative play,” she said.

“As a whole, what we’re trying to do here at Amaroo is engage the kids with nature but also allow them to use their environment to play and entertain themselves.

The P&C received a $5000 grant from the Shire of Collie for the project early this year and contributions of $5000 from Amaroo Primary School and $10,000 from the P&C gave the project a $20,000 budget. Unity Bank was also involved by sponsoring a bench in the playground.

“We used a company called Rustic Nature Play and they worked closely with us in designing a playground that suited our budget,” Ms Fraser said.

Ms Fraser said that it took one week for playground to be constructed and then an “army of volunteers” finished off the area by laying mulch and varnishing the equipment.

The construction of the playground is the culmination of the two stage process which began more than three years ago, although Ms Fraser hopes continual improvements will be made to the area.

Ms Fraser also said Amaroo Primary School was “really supportive” of the efforts of the P&C throughout the project.