Spirited fundraising, elbow grease and some handy work on an excavator from the school principal have delivered students at Holy Family Merewether Beach a new playground this week.
Parents applied unsuccessfully for a grant to replace the school’s dilapidated play equipment this year but set about raising $25,000 through an Easter egg drive, movie nights, an election barbecue and other events.
Principal Sidonie Coffey and a group of 75 parents and children were at a working bee on Saturday to help out with landscaping and some finishing touches.
“The kids got quite a buzz out of contributing to something that’s going to be there quite a long time,” fundraising committee member Kieran Hazell said.
“The equipment was quite old, and we wanted to build something that was a bit more stimulating for the older kids as well.
“And we wanted equipment that more than one child could be on at once, so they could talk to other kids they wouldn’t normally talk to.”