St Helena : St Helena: PROJECT ‘SCHOOL SPRUCE 2013’
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 24.08.2013 (Article Archived on 21.09.2013)
This week sees the start of ‘School Spruce’, a community-based project which aims to visually and physically improve St Helena’s three primary schools.
‘SCHOOL SPRUCE 2013’
This week sees the start of
‘School Spruce’, a community-based project which aims to visually and
physically improve St Helena’s three primary schools.
Schools are essential hubs of all
communities, and during participation work with young people in April of this
year, it was recognised that the Island’s primary schools were in need of
improved play facilities. Recognising that play is important for the
development of the child, a proposal was put forward to improve the three
primary schools on St Helena.
This community project involves St
Helena Government (SHG), the Private Sector, the St Helena National Trust,
Enterprise St Helena, Civil Society, parents, teachers and the children
themselves – and will provide a play area for each school, using donated
recycled materials. Other improvements have also been proposed, including the
building of seating areas and general revamp of the schools – each school has a
different set of ideas for improvements ranging from a new lick of paint to
renovations that will enhance the learning experience of the pupils.
Each school has £2500 for
improvements - £3000 was donated by SHG which was match funded by £3000 raised
by the schools themselves, and £1500 was donated from the Governor’s Delegated
All the work is being done
The schools were approached to
find out what kind of playground they wanted from the materials and money
available - and then the children were able to design their own playground
based on their interests and needs.
Coordinating the project, Rachel
Armstrong, from the Corporate Policy and Planning Unit said:
“Play is an essential part
of development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and
emotional well-being of children. Through this community-based project, we hope
that providing new playgrounds in each of the three primary schools will
benefit the children significantly.
“The children have been
heavily involved in the design of their playground, and each school will have a
unique play area suited to their individual needs.”
In addition to new play areas,
each school will also have their own endemic garden, featuring an endemic plant
from their school’s area of the Island. The idea behind this is to educate the
children on the importance of the endemics on St Helena, and allow them to
plant and maintain the endemics themselves.
The School Spruce project kicks
off this week with the levelling of the playing field at St Paul’s Primary
School in readiness for playground works to begin.
Frequent progress updates on the
individual projects will follow in due course.
19 August 2013