THE new school year began with a new playground for students at Kelso Public School.
Over the Christmas break the first of three play areas at the school underwent a complete overhaul, much to the delight of students.
Lance Cooper, school principal, said the upgrade was the brainchild of two student learning support officers, Elise Brown and Amanda Wylie who were instrumental in getting the idea off the ground.
The pair have been fundraising for close to a year to complete phase one of the upgrade, and have more fundraisers in the pipeline, for phase two and three of the project.
Ms Brown said she got the idea after seeing a similar playground in Cowra which inspired her to try and have something similar for her students.
The new area which features hopscotch, handball areas, half a basketball court and other games including bulls-eye is not only fun, but educational, with teachers able to incorporate structured lessons in the area.
Mr Cooper said the new design in based on a model by UK professor David Hopkins which incorporates curiosity and powerful learning.
“The kids just love it.
“It brightens the area, it’s just so much fresher and cleaner,” he said.
Phase two of the overhaul should be complete in July.