South Perth Primary School
In addition to its day-to-day operations, our P&C initiates, raises funds and assists the school in completing a wide range of projects.
Nature Play Areas
This was the major project for which the P&C conducted fundraising for in 2016.
The school community at South Perth Primary School has identified the need to make our playgrounds more engaging for children. Our P&C and the School Grounds Committee continually work together to see how we can develop under-utilised areas of the school grounds.
Research has proven that playing with natural materials such as mud, sand and sticks can strengthen children’s immune systems. Children also find it calming to play in natural settings and are more likely to engage in imaginative and creative play. When children engage in physical activities that require interaction with natural, irregular and challenging pieces of equipment they develop confidence and learn to recognise and take risks.
More information on this is available at Nature Play WA.
Progress so far includes:
- Commitment of $30 000 by the P&C towards this project.
- Areas have been identified as suitable locations, e.g. the space near the double gates at the front of the school, around the camphor laurel trees and the grassed and concrete area behind Room 12.
- Our students have designed playground ideas that they would like to see in their school grounds.
- These ideas have been shared with a playground designer and some concept drawings have been completed.
In 2016 the Principal Mrs Karen Owens attended a professional learning day conducted by Nature Play WA with teachers Mrs Jeannie Collins and Miss Kelly Macneall. The professional learning provided very clear direction as to how best to create nature play spaces in the school. Upon doing an audit of the school grounds, it was very obvious that the students had ample access to climbing equipment but that the grounds lacked spaces for creative play.
Following the professional learning, new plans were developed and in 2017 creation of the nature place spaces began. Phase one of the Nature Play areas was completed in mid-October 2017 and the students immediately made good use of the new play areas. Consultation and planning for the next phase of the project is underway.
Keep an eye out for updates on this exciting project.
Web Site Redevelopment and Maintenance
The development of this new school web site was initiated and funded by the P&C. Now it forms part of the School’s communication strategy and is maintained principally by the School, with the P&C’s support. Our web site aims to provide a convenient and centralised source of up to date information about our school and its activities for both prospective and current parents and students. It enables parents to complete school administrative tasks online.
New pages and content will continue to be added – watch this space! Your suggestions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Upgrade to Cricket Nets Area
In late 2014 Our P&C earmarked over $40,000 to upgrade the cricket nets and improve the surrounding area. We were also fortunate to receive $14,000 from the W.A. Cricket Association. The new cricket nets were completed during Term 4, 2015 and are being well used.
Do you have a suggestion for a future project for our P&C?
Allocation of P&C funds are made annually in February. Large projects may receive a full or part financial allocation, which maybe added to over time or supplemented with grants or other sources.