Pupils score with new goals

Pupils at Applegrove Primary School are now custodians of a new set of goal posts thanks to AJ Engineering and Highland Galvanisers in Elgin.

The goal posts which were installed at the start of the new term in August, are part of a bigger Playground Improvement Project being led by the school and Parent Council in partnership.

Alan James, said: “We are thrilled to be able to donate these goal posts to Applegrove Primary School and that Highland Galvanisers who we regularly work with, also donated their service for free. We are delighted the goals were in place for the start of the new academic year and we hope, with the goal posts in place, that the Applegrove boys and girls get a lot of competitive pleasure out of them.”

Arlene Hunter, Depute Head Teacher at the school said: “We were delighted to accept with thanks the kind donation from AJ Engineering and Highland Galvanisers.  The pupils are over the moon and it will make a huge difference to them and I’m sure the wider community.”

The Parent Council is using a significant proportion of its funds raised over the years towards the project which will cost up to £50K for the first phase.  Last year, members of the school’s Parent Council, working with pupils, parents and school staff focused on the planning and improvements for the playground.  

This year, most of these plans will come to fruition with the goal posts being one of the first pieces of equipment to be installed.

Parent Fiona Hepburn who is leading on the Playground Improvement Project from the Parent Council said: “The project has involved a lot of consultation and planning and it is great to see the plans finally coming together. It was a real boost to get the goal posts in place for the start of the new term.

“This is going to be a big year for changes in the school grounds at Applegrove. Last year, we worked with outdoor learning and play specialists ‘Learning Through Landscapes’ to consult with parents, school staff and of course the pupils on what it is they would like to see as part of the playground improvements. We then followed this up with weekly playground meetings and each class came up with their own designs which we used to create a master vision for the playground, football goals being a key part of that!

“The support from local businesses has been amazing and still to be installed this term is an outdoor learning gazebo, playground markings, portable football goals and storage, a natural play area including mud kitchen and tyres for climbing.  We have also applied for funding to install seating and agility equipment so it’s a huge project, but one that will benefit the pupils at the school for years to come and also people in the community.”



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