Play time for little learners

THERE will be some big smiles on some little faces once a new playground is constructed at
Yarrilee State School.

(Contributed by Hervey Bay RSL)

A new playground will be built at Yarrilee State School thanks to a Hervey Bay RSL Community Grant. PHOTO: Supplied.

As the school has grown over the years, the Years 3 and 4 students no longer have their own
dedicated playground.

Now, thanks to the help of a $10,000 Hervey Bay RSL Community Grant, the little ones will be
climbing and swinging by the end of the 2021 school year.

Principal Sharon McMorrow said the installation of a dedicated, purpose-built playground for the middle school learners will help encourage the students to remain active and engage in games and play-based activities with children of a similar age.

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“Active play is an important component of child development,” Ms McMorrow said.

“In today’s society we see an increasing number of children from an early age spending more and more time in front of screens and less time engaging in physical activity.

“Play encourages children to use their imaginations, problem solve and stimulates their minds.

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“Purpose-built play equipment also provides children with the opportunity to strengthen their core and develop upper body strength, all of which encourages healthy minds and healthy bodies.”

Ms McMorrow said the RSL grant allowed the P&C and school to fast track the plans to build the playground, at an expected cost of about $70,000.

“With the generous support of community organisations like the RSL, our dreams and plans will now become a reality for our Year 3 and 4 children at Yarrilee State School.”

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