School time for pupils at Strathmore Primary has got a little bit more adventurous, thanks to the provision of new outdoor play equipment.
Eighteen months of fund-raising resulted in the unveiling of the new gear on Wednesday, with the Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin performing the official opening ceremony.
She invited the pupils, and teachers, to make good use of the equipment which has been made possible by the hard work of the school’s parent council.
Council chairman Jacqui Williamson explained they needed to find £10,000 for the first phase of the school playground improvements, and they have more plans in the pipeline.
She said: “We started our fund-raising when we had two teams in the Forfar Rotary Club Marafun 2012. This raised £1,500.”
A £1,000 donation from Cash for Kids, £7,500 of Lottery funding, the £250 Forfar Roof Truss Sponsorship cheque, run in conjunction with the Dispatch, and donations from W. F. Barker, A. M Phillip, Don and Low and Hewden, all helped the parent council reach its target.
Jacqui continued: “Although the new school opened six years ago, there was no outdoor play equipment. Our fund-raising continues for an outdoor classroom and story-telling area to allow the children to get out into the fresh air.”
Visit www.forfardispatch.co.uk to see a video of the opening.