Playground paradise for pupils

Pupils l-r Bella Holsgrove 6, Nathan Elder 6  on the new payground equipment at Cornbank Ptimary, Penicuik part of the schools payground improvement plan
Pupils l-r Bella Holsgrove 6, Nathan Elder 6 on the new payground equipment at Cornbank Ptimary, Penicuik part of the schools payground improvement plan

A Penicuik primary school has officially unveiled the latest phase of its ambitious project to transform the playground into a stimulating play area.

Pupils at Cornbank St James Primary took to the new play equipment on Friday morning to show invited guests their new fun playtime.

The £20,000 project has been spearheaded by the Cornbank Parent Partnership Committee with support from Midlothian Council, the town’s three councillors and Awards for All.

Committee member Louise Shepherd said the school community had achieved “a massive amount” in the past 18 months, including attracting a maximum £10,000 grant from Awards for All.

The grass and tarmac playing areas have been transformed with the creation of a Trim Trail and installtion of three basketball nets. Two sets of football goals have been purchased and playground marking decorate the P3-4 playground.

In addition, in the P1/2 playground, wooden bark has been laid and new benches donated by Lloyds Banking Group.

The pupil council has been closely involved

Mrs Shepherd explained the partnership committee had raised around £5000 over the last 10 years which went towards the costs.

She said the feedback from the children had been “really positive” with classes taking turn to get to grips with the new Trim Trail.

Mrs Shepherd added: “It has been a journey over the last 18 months but it has opened up other options for us to explore going forward.

“We would like to do an all-weather pitch. The land is there. The school was built in the 70s and is very much as it has always been. The land we have got is amazing .”

In addition, the committee is looking to continue the improvements to the P1/2 playground with the installation of their own Trim Trail.