From dust to delight

December 14, 2017

Year 6 students Mia Earl and Sophie Ahmet, both 12, are enjoying the new courtyard at Grahamvale Primary School.

Grahamvale Primary School principal Simone Higgins.

An old dust pit has become a beautiful area for Grahamvale Primary School students to enjoy.

The courtyard, which cost about $20000 to create, was opened on Monday.

The area is behind the school and features large chess and chequers boards, citrus trees and a mural by local artist Mimi Leung.

Principal Simone Higgins said everyone was benefiting from the space with teachers starting to have classes in the area.

‘‘It’s been a work in progress but it’s actually been fantastic and the best bit about it is it’s created another space for our students to come to for recess and lunchtime,’’ Mrs Higgins said.

Year 6 student Mia Earl, 12, said the courtyard was a great place for students to enjoy.

‘‘They can come and play some games and just relax,’’ she said.

‘‘I come out here and have a little go at chess and chequers.

‘‘You often walk past and there’s a lot of people here playing chess or chequers or just sitting on the pods.’’

Mia said it was important for the school to have areas like this that students could enjoy.

‘‘It’s a little area for us to share together,’’ she said.

The courtyard upgrade was made possible thanks to the school’s parents’ club and past members of the school.

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