Describe your project
Our aim to is to revamp our school playground as we have had to remove most of our fixed equipment due to deterioration. We are a multi composite school with a school roll of 7, with all ages of primary children in 1 classroom with 1 teacher. We want to encourage childrens imagination, working together, sharing and love of outdoors.
How will your project benefit your local community?
It will be beneficial to the community as it will encourage our children to play outside, use their imagination and co-operate with each other. Social skills in a small community is very important. We have approximately 120 full time residents living in the Knoydart Peninsula and the children that come through this school need to be imaginative and resilient to thrive and be happy in such a remote setting. It's a small cog in a big machine, but a new playground will help lay the foundation for many of the skills needed for the future generations of our community.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We are proud to say that we have enjoyed the unwavering support from our community for well.....forever. But there are only about 120 people in Knoydart and we have numerous fundraisers every year (and not just for ourselves, but for the many worthy causes out there) and feel like the costs of revamping our playground needs more than what we feel we can ask from our wonderful community. Just this year alone the Parent Council ran a soup kitchen at Easter and we raised £250 specifically for the playground revamp and the school raised £361 for Marie Curie hosting an open afternoon at school. The local Ranger also organises volunteer days with a great turn out of locals and always puts a date aside for the school if we have need of it.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Currently we have 7 pupils (P1-7) in our school and another 4 in our nursery - all these children will enjoy an immediate benefit. But it will also benefit the future children of our community that will be able to enjoy a fun and well thought out playground in the years to come.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We intend to spend the money on plaground equipment that will suit our limited, sloping site. For any excess funding needed, the Parent Council are active in fundraising by way of soup kitchens etc at local events. The school is currently working with the children for ideas on what they would like to have in their playground. Once we have a fixed amount of money available to us, we can seriously look at what we can best achieve with it.
When and why was your project founded?
Earlier this year we had to demolish a few wooden structures that the children played on due to deterioration and had become a health and safety risk.