Stepping stones to success at school

Stepping stones to success at Lumphanan Primary School.
Stepping stones to success at Lumphanan Primary School.

A project to improve the existing playground is underway at Lumphanan Primary School.

The current playground is not only tired and in need of refurbishment, but is now considerably smaller, following a recent extension to the main building.

The pupils have all contributed ideas and suggestions for new play equipment and resources, and how the school could make best use of the space available. Ideas so far include a climbing wall, football nets, basketball goals, quiet area, printed tracks and games and a trim trail.

Volunteer parents are working closely with pupils and school staff to research costs and generate funding for these.

To get them started, Iain Ballantyne, of Timber Stone, at Westerton Wood, has donated tree trunks to use as stepping stones. The school thanked Iain for his very generous donation which, they said, was a great addition to their existing eco-garden and very much in tune with the natural flavour they were striving to maintain.

The school’s parent council has also offered to donate a sum of money to the project, made possible by the generous donations of parents at school fundraisers over the past year.

In addition, the project team is working around the clock to generate new ideas for fundraising events.

The first event was held from June 11 to 15 when the children carried out a sponsored walk totalling 539 miles - the distance from Lumphanan to the Olympic village. Staff said the children were very motivated to raise funds for this project and were looking forward to taking part.

The second fundraiser will be held on Sunday (June 24) at Deeside Activity Park, Dess, near Aboyne, where staff, parents and pupils from Lumphanan Primary School will be hosting a car boot sale from 10am to 2pm.

There are only a limited number of pitches available and pre-booking is essential. Anyone wishing to book (at a cost of £10), should contact Gillian on (013398) 83517. There will also be a barbecue, face painting, kiddies stalls, raffle, homebakes and plants for sale. All are welcome to attend.