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New playground inspires learning in Whiston

by Gemma Melling

Pupils at St Leo’s and Southmead Catholic Primary in Whiston are enjoying more inspiring outdoor play after the school’s playground underwent a revamp.

The new-look space was designed by local artists Patricia McDonald-Holmes and David Holmes from art4design and was inspired by curriculum topics including animals, the seasons, buildings and vehicles. It even includes an interative wall with a family of robots made from recycled computer parts – to encourage learning and imaginative play.

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Head teacher Jeanette Grundy said: “They love it. They now choose to play out and openly chat about the colourful displays and interactive robot wall.

“The kind donation of paint supplies, building materials and artistic talent has created a colourful, interactive and fun environment. We’re all delighted and many more children in the future will benefit.”

Donations made it possible

Painting equipment, wood, guttering, and various building equipment was donated by Travis Perkins of Huyton, and litres of outdoor paint and varnish provided from Bell Group UK, allowing the team to realise their larger than life designs and local joiner Chris Hunt from Klassik-Builders who built a wooden stage area, free of charge.

Children at the school, on Sherwood Drive, Whiston, celebrated the official opening of the playground with an extended playtime to fully explore all its news features, and toasted the new playground with juice and cakes.

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For more information about some of the other projects Patricia McDonald-Holmes and David Holmes have been involved with visit the Art 4 Design website.  www.art4design.co.uk