St Brigid’s opens nature playground

Pre-primary students from St Brigid's School on their new nature playground, which was officially opened last week. Photo: Ashley Bolt
Pre-primary students from St Brigid's School on their new nature playground, which was officially opened last week. Photo: Ashley Bolt

Pre-primary students at St Brigid’s School will be able to enjoy their new nature playground after it was opened last week.

Principal Daniel Graves said the playground was designed to stimulate the imaginations of the students and the design recognises Collie.

“Back in 2016, St Brigid’s started the early planning and discussion about developing a nature playground,” he said.

“Throughout 2017 … we drafted and designed our playground with a plan to create an outstanding learning environment for our students.

“Our Collie-themed design blends the principles of nature play with a playground that connects with Collie’s mining heritage and our outstanding local bushland and waterways.

“Our playground is designed to be rich in natural materials to stimulate curiousity and creativity [and] to encourage socialisation… of our students.”

Mr Graves thanked the volunteers and businesses who helped make the playground a reality, including the school’s P&F, Bankwest, Unity Bank, Premier Coal, Coalcliff Plant Hire and the state government.

He also said the school had started the process on discussing and planning the construction of a similar nature playground for older students at the school.

The event also included a blessing of the playground by the St Brigid’s parish priest Father Nic Lim.