Shingle pit, mud kitchen, dry rock riverbed, decking, a ramp and a koru-shaped sandpit. All part of this smart, new revamped playground...
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Kidsfirst Ilam's playground redevelopment is with huge thanks to massive family and community support. Everyone worked so hard with many weekend working bees.
“It’s been so wonderful to see it all take shape,” says Head Teacher, Sue Szentivanyi.
Parents have voluntarily shared their building skills and landscaping knowledge, while others helped with baking and drinks to keep everyone energized.
“We appreciate and acknowledge - and are particularly humbled by - the time that has been so readily given up to complete this collaborative project,” says Sue.
It wasn’t without a few hiccups along the way...
Sue explains that constructing the deck certainly had its challenges and frustrations, “but what shone through was everybody's positive, solution-focused attitude, calm leadership, collaboration, sense of community and camaraderie and the sharing of skills and knowledge.”
“Thank you to all of our families/whānau and the wider community who have supported our fundraisers over the last few years and which has enabled us to do this.”
“Over the last three terms we have been living and breathing the Kidsfirst values - to transform our playground vision into a reality,”
- Head Teacher, Sue Szentivanyi.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.