New outdoor facility is child’s play for Tenterden Juniors

New outdoor facility is child’s play for Tenterden Juniors

There were extra big smiles on the faces of students returning to Tenterden Junior School earlier this month. Not only were they happy to be back in the classroom to see their friends and teachers, they also couldn’t wait to try out the extensive new outdoor play facilities which had been installed during the latest lockdown, thanks to a major fundraising campaign by the school’s PTA – the Tenterden Primary Federation PTA (TePTA for short).

The new set-up includes bespoke adventure trails and provides the Junior School with dedicated active play equipment after years of shared facilities.  It is the first phase of a large-scale project to improve the outdoor facilities for the enjoyment and mental wellbeing of the children at Tenterden Junior School. The next phase is to create an outdoor classroom, away from the restraints of the traditional indoor environment, and fundraising is underway currently.

The photo shows Year 6 Tenterden Junior School students enjoying the new adventure trail with Tenterden Junior School Deputy Headteacher Ms Burdett (left) and TePTA co-chair Bex Page (right).

One Year 6 student commented: “It’s amazing to have this to play on, everyone loves it. We all spend our lunchtime taking turns to have another go on it!”

TePTA Co-Chair Bex Page said: “In a situation where we are unable to run usual fundraising events, we have had to think of new ways to raise funds.  We’d like to thank the parents, carers and members of the local community who have been incredibly generous, which has allowed us to install this new equipment in time for the return to school.  The next stage in our plans is to raise £4,000 to create an outdoor classroom which will help to calm and re-focus the children, increasing their motivation to learn when they get back inside.”

Tenterden Primary Federation Executive Headteacher Samantha Crinnion said: “We are extremely grateful for the efforts of our PTA in funding such a wonderful new facility. After such a long time away from the classroom, this gives the children a marvellous additional opportunity to be physically active which will also be very beneficial for their wellbeing.”

Fundraising will continue throughout the rest of 2021 so that the equipment can gradually be added to.

For further details the committee can be contacted by email at: tepta@tpf.kent.sch.uk