Going back to their old school was child’s play for three Hartlepool youngsters.
Former head and deputy head boy Isaac Organ and Harry Siddle and former deputy head girl Amelia Ward went back to Eldon Grove Academy to see the completion of a play equipment scheme which they started.
Pupils at the school had occasionally complained there was not a lot to do during lunchtimes on the playground and the issue was raised with the school committee.
Issac, Harry and Amelia, along with head girl Isabelle Merrifield-Burke, put together a presentation outlining the kind of equipment they would like to see on the playgrounds for the school’s governing body.
They were able to convince the governors to allocate some funding to purchase the equipment and improve the outside areas for all pupils to enjoy.
Unfortunately, the work was not completed before the Year 7 pupils left the school, so they were invited back to see the equipment in place and the difference it has made to the playgrounds.
I am extremely happy that we were involved in helping create the project and I feel this could make a huge impact on the children who will get the opportunity to use the equipment.Isaac Organ
Isabelle was unable to attend but the others were delighted with the results.
“I think it’s very important because this will help prevent boredom on both yards,” said Isaac.
“When we were at school, we didn’t get this excellent opportunity to use this equipment as it was installed once we had left.
“However, I am extremely happy that we were involved in helping create the project and I feel this could make a huge impact on the children who will get the opportunity to use the equipment.
Harry added: “I love the new equipment on the yard and feel that this will help the children improve their ability in sports.
“I feel very proud to be part of the project.
Amelia was pleased with the quality of the equipment: “I think the yard will be fun and exciting,” she said.
“I feel that the new equipment is safe and suitable for the children using it.”
PE Lead teacher Lee Knight is delighted with the response of pupils to the new-look yards: “It is fantastic to see the children using the new equipment,” he said.
“When you go on to the yard there is a great atmosphere. The new equipment has been installed for many reasons: to help improve the children’s coordination, develop fitness and most importantly to have fun.”