Castle keeps Watermore Primary School children entertained at playtime
PUPILS at Watermore School in Frampton Cotterell have been enjoying new play equipment after the school's parents, teachers and friends association raised more than £40,000 to pay for it.
The student council chose the final design from some suggestions put forward by Pentagon Play, the company that has worked with the school on providing equipment and line markings for three playgrounds.
The centrepiece is a huge castle with stairs and a slide for children at the school, which has 379 pupils aged from four to 11.
Chris Hotchin, who is currently co-head with Janet Hoyle, said: “The castle gives lots of opportunities for climbing, scrambling and sliding but is also great for role-play.
"Children all the way through the school have been enjoying inventing their own games on there.
“We are incredibly lucky to have such an active and supportive PTFA committee, who have been raising funds and saving money for several years in order to provide us with this amazing resource.
"This would have been completely impossible without their dedication.”
The equipment was installed in time for departing Year 6 pupils to have a go on it in the summer.
Following the school’s full reopening in September, pupils have been able to use it in separate groups, with a time limit.
The outdoor space at the school has been vital in its full reopening, with the senior management team placing an emphasis on the importance of fresh air.
There is also a new pond area and a garden with enough room for every year group to plant something to grow.
The revamp has been part of a wider project which has seen the old Highcroft building demolished and new sports courts and playgrounds built.
*RUNNERS took part in a 'virtual' race for Watermore Primary School after an annual fundraising event fell victim to coronavirus restrictions.
The Watermore 10k is now in its seventh year and has raised thousands of pounds for the primary school in Lower Stone Close, Frampton Cotterell, so far.
But because mass events are currently restricted, organisers challenged runners to complete their own 5km or 10km race, anywhere they wanted, between September 18 and 25.
The committee wrote encouraging messages in chalk on the race's regular route, just as they would on the actual race day, for those runners who wanted to follow it.
The children's rainbow run was marked with rainbows printed off and added to lamp posts.
But nowhere - even a treadmill - was off limits so long as runners completed the distance.
Race director Laura Thomas said: "We had such a positive response when we switched the race to a virtual one, we sold 250 tickets and raised £1,000 for the school.
"We would like to thank everyone who has taken part - from running around your garden to tackling those huge hills on Cloisters, it all counts!
"The money raised will go back directly to the school to support the children at a time when they need it most."
Medals are being awarded to those who completed their challenge.