King's Hall Adventure Playground Project
This is where it all began…
In June 2018 we held a workshop and asked our King's Hall children about their ideas for an adventure playground. Click on the video to see what they said.
Due to the generosity of a King's Hall family phase one has been constructed and was officially opened in November 2018. Having given it time to be enjoyed by the pupils we asked them what they thought: "We'd like more" was their reply.
We are thrilled to be able to give them what they would like in the form of phase two, generously funded by another King's Hall family, construction began during the Easter break.
Demand for this popular facility is such that it does not stop there, we have been talking to Earth Wright about a third phase, this time the brief is to include quiet space, an area to relax, read and socialise.
The space and beauty of the King’s Hall site lends itself well to this type of adventure playground. The vision was to carpet the area in many more structures to take the children a million miles away from the classroom and to bring even more levity and laughter to their break time. We judge the success of the project by the size of the children’s smiles.
Read more about the plans for phase three.
If you would like to chat about it, please contact Julian Mack in the King’s Schools Development Office on 01823 328 238 or by email: email@example.com.
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Casting wide for evidence of the positive impacts of different sorts of vigorous play, it turns out there is a tome of research to prove the point. The benefits go beyond increased motivation and concentration in the classroom, fabulous news though that is for parents and teachers alike. Climbing, sliding, swinging, general adventuring about the place are proven to boost emotional intelligence, general health, intelligence and creativity. Who knew play could do you so much good?
Adventure Playground Opening (Phase one)
It was with great excitement that, after months of planning, staff and pupils at King’s Hall were finally able to unveil phase one of their brand new adventure playground. The impressive apparatus includes a lookout tower, crow’s nest deck, swings and traversing ropes, with additional equipment set to appear over the coming months.
For the grand opening, School Chaplain, Father Mark, performed a ceremonial blessing, before the pupils enjoyed testing out the new play area.
Director of Development at King’s Schools, Julian Mack, said: “The playground was masterminded by the children for the children, with some guidance from our contractor, Mike, who came in to run a workshop with the pupils earlier this year. On this occasion, we have been unable to deliver the chocolate fountain that was desired by many, but at least the swings have made the final cut!”
He added: "The vision is to carpet the area in many more structures, which will in turn take the children a million miles away from the classroom and bring more levity and laughter to their break time.”
The launch of this project has been made possible through the generosity of several families at King’s Hall and, considering how much of a hit phase one has been with the pupils, we look forward to making phases two and three a future reality.