Long wait for play area finally over

Head teacher Jacqui Smith with Rory Pullar (right), Jake McCaffery and some of the pupils after the opening ceremony.'Staff photograph
Head teacher Jacqui Smith with Rory Pullar (right), Jake McCaffery and some of the pupils after the opening ceremony.'Staff photograph

LONG months of waiting came to an end for Ferryden School pupils on Thursday when they finally managed to declare their new £13,000 ‘Fun Zone’ open.

Although its installation was completed in November, the almost continual bad weather since then delayed the play facility’s opening ceremony leaving the youngsters to look longingly at the untouched equipment.

But the ribbon was finally cut by Rory Pullar, the school’s oldest pupil and Jake McCaffery, the youngest pupil.

Funded jointly by the school’s Parent Partnership and the National Lottery, the area has been designed specifically to encourage active play and takes the form of an obstacle course with a number of different features to challenge the children’s balance and co-ordination.

The partnership raised £5,000 with a variety of raffles, sales and other activities over the course of a year and head teacher Jacqui Smith praised the parents for their efforts.

She said: “I’d like to say a huge thanks to all the parents who organised the fund-raising and to the community who supported the events. A lot of hard work has gone into it and they’ve done really well. The children are just going to love it.

“Unfortunately, the weather meant that we haven’t been able to open it until now, but this has been Health Week in the school and we felt that it was the perfect time to open it. It will also be used for curriculum time as well as playtimes and all age groups can use it.”