Hula hoop over playground

St PETER and Paul’s Primary School officially opened their bright and exciting new playground equipment last Thursday.

The official opening was attended by representatives of the 2008 Basketball Committee, as well as many parents and supporters of the school. The new equipment was officially opened by Veolia Mulwaree Trust chairman Paul Stephenson along with school captains Tom Toparis and April McDonald.

The Veolia Mulwaree Trust contributed a $24,000 grant to the playground project and the school’s parents and friends raised the balance of the funds, totalling $60,000, most of which came from the hugely successful NSW Catholic Basketball Championships which the school hosted in Goulburn back in 2008.

Father Dermid McDermott also attended to bless the new equipment.

Parents Jane Twohill and Colleen Duffy received gifts of thanks from the students for all the work they put into bringing the dream of the new equipment to reality.

The captains officially ‘handed over the keys’ to the K-2 children for the playground.

The project provides recreational play, a physical stimulus to improve strength, balance, co-ordination and improved motor skills, which can also be incorporated into the school curriculum for physical education lessons.

The school choir and orchestra performed ‘Celebration’ to mark the special occasion. The children are enjoying the new climbing walls, balance beams and challenges the new equipment provides.

St Peter and Paul’s has undertaken a lot of new work to improve facilities in the last few years, including the new school hall, new library, improvements to the oval and outdoor environment.

The school is once again hosting the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball Championships this year.

Organisers are expecting 115 teams and 3300 visitors from as far afield as Wagga Wagga, Nowra, Young and Albury for the October 27-28 event.

Some 150 volunteers spend a year organising the tournament.

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PLAYTIME: Officially opening the new equipment for St Peter and Paul’s Primary School were (l-r) School Community Council treasurer Graeme Williams, Veolia Mulwaree Trust chairman Paul Stephenson, principal Maree Wilsmore and school captains Tom Toparis and April McDonald.

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