New playground for Ipswich school

CHILDREN at an Ipswich school have been celebrating with the official opening of a new adventure playground.More than 250 youngsters at the Springfield Infant School in Wesley Way, Ipswich will benefit from the new equipment.

CHILDREN at an Ipswich school have been celebrating with the official opening of a new adventure playground.

More than 250 youngsters at the Springfield Infant School in Wesley Way, Ipswich will benefit from the new equipment.

They started raising money three years ago when PE teacher Lisa Booker realised the school should have better recreational facilities.

She abseilled down the maternity block of Ipswich Hospital to start the fundraising off in a "long, slow process" to get the money.

The overall cost of the equipment is about £5,000 and the school has held many other events to fund the project.

They have held a Valentine's Dance, a barbeque, a Christmas bazaar and have also gained contributions from parents.

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Roger Stone, who has a son at the school, raised £750 when he ran in the London Marathon earlier this year.

The children, aged from four to seven, have already started using the facilities that include a wooden bridge, a rope swing and a rubber tyre, all on a new surface.

Heather Smith, a governor at the school, said: "The children think it is wonderful. It gives them something to do and it is used as a reward if they are good in class.

"In most classes children collect gold coins and when they get to ten they get a special reward and usually ask to go on the play area."

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