Castlehill Primary on course for £5000 playrgound upgrade

Joe King with superdraw winner Pippa Wallace, her daughter Naomi and headteacher Carol Opdahl.
Joe King with superdraw winner Pippa Wallace, her daughter Naomi and headteacher Carol Opdahl.

Plans for a £5000 upgrade of Castlehill Primary School’s playground are now well on course for success.

Just recently the School Association, which is spearheading the fundraising drive, hit the £2300 mark and with a number of activities planned for the next few months, expects to hit the target by the spring.

Shortly before the festive break the Association raised £800 with its 50/50 Christmas Superdraw. Proceeds from ticket sales were split between the school fund and the winner, Pippa Wallace, who had the lucky numbers.

A Ladies’ Night which featured Body Shop demonstrations as well as stalls selling various items, also helped boost the total raised.

School Association chair Joe King said: “We’re really pleased to have raised so much already and are on course to look at how we go about getting the improvemebts done during the summer holidays.

“On February 7 we have the annual school coffee morning in the Corn Exchange. As well as homebaking and raffles visitors will be able to hear the school choir and watch a performance by some of our young dancers.

“We are hoping that between the coffee morning and the May Fair we will get to the magic number.

Joe added: “We have asked Carol Opdahl, the headteacher, to start speaking to the teachers and look at some ideas for what they actually want to do.

“We aren’t actually sure how much lead time we would need to give the companies that install the playground equipment, and there may also be a need to go via Fife Council for approval for the work but with a prevailing wind I would hope to get at least some of the work 
starting during the summer break.

“Outwith the playground fund, we have agreed to fund the purchase and installation another white board and projector which is another £2000 going to the school which is fantastic and we’re really grateful to everyone for their support.”

Head teacher Mrs Opdahl said: “We are very grateful for the efforts being made to upgrade our playground equipment and game markings to ensure a fun, safe and accessible environment for all.

“We are also very appreciative of the support we get from our pupils, parents/carers, partners, local businesses and our committed and enthusiastic School Association.”