Pupils at Foreland Fields School had a very special playtime on Friday where they were able to show some very special guests, how much they love their new playground. Guests, which included the many charitable donors and the Mayor of Ramsgate, were able to see the serious benefits play offers the children. Pupils had an extra special role on the day by cutting the ribbon to officially open their playground which has been designed in mind to maximise the opportunities to develop communication and interaction skills as well as support physical development.
Assistant Headteacher, Jeremy Edwards said “All of the partners involved in the project worked hard to incorporate a large variety of features in the design to maximise opportunities to develop communication and interaction skills as well as supporting physical development. Watching the pupils play it is obvious to see the benefits they are gaining; pupils learning how to walk over different surfaces and inclines, climbing a ladder for the first time or talking and sharing ideas of how to play or explore, sensory needs being met on the swing and wobble chair and developing balance on the beams and stepping stones. All of our charitable partners have been extremely generous, and I can’t really find the words to thank them enough, but I am so happy that they got the chance to see the pupils playing on the equipment today, because they could understand just what a difference this project makes to our pupils”.
One of the charitable partners for the project Simon Sheehan, Director of DM Thomas Foundation for Young People said: “Our mission is to transform young lives and help children and young people be the best that they can be. We are proud to support Foreland Fields School with this new playground and know it will help children learn through play and discovery”.
Foreland Fields School are very grateful to the following charitable donors that have supported this project:
DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, St James’s Place Charitable Foundation, The Lawson Trust, The ACT Foundation, Kent County Council, United Grand Lodge of England, Stg Mess Panto, Rotary Club, Friends of Foreland School, Kier, The Ramsgate Music Hall, Variety and Howdens.