Our school opened its doors in 2014. We were housed in porta cabins at first, then we had to rent space in another school for a while until our building was completed. Finally in March 2017, we moved into our new building – after a massive effort from teachers and parents, working through the holidays to move us in. However, after all that, there was no money to build any play structure for the children.
We’d love your support and have made a little video to show you our ideas and hopes for our playground.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the playground fund. We would like to share the designs for our amazing playground and keep you updated with some progress photos.
As many of you will be aware, we are working hard to raise money for playground improvements. The children undertook a whole topic in the Spring term where they lived, breathed and slept playgrounds! Families have also been heavily involved in supporting us with achieving our dream playground and have worked tirelessly to help us raise funds and find our dream playground designer and builder!
We are now at a very exciting point of the journey as we are about to appoint a playground design team and now need to work super fast to raise as much money as we can! Can YOU, your relatives, friends and family help? You have probably already been onto our Friends of Whitehall Park School Just Giving page – please see the link below if not and help us to spread the word!
Our children, staff and PTCA have worked together to create a very special video! Please click below to watch our video.
Whilst our Playground Committee families have spent many hours in meetings with different Playground designers seeking ideas and quotes from a number of different companies for our grand plan of playground improvements, we have also been involving the children by starting to gather their thoughts and ideas about what they would like to see in our Playground as it starts to come to life this summer.
In each year group children have been undertaking lots of different tasks, from whole units of learning on designing playgrounds and buildings, to design and technology projects where children have actually created small scale material structures of their designs.
During the spring term children in Year 2 also pitched their ideas about what they would like to see in their new playground to groups of parents in the style of “Dragon’s Den” – we were immensely proud of how confidently they spoke and shared their designs.
All children were also set a home learning challenge during the spring half term to design their dream playground so we could start to gather ideas about what the children would like to have in their playground!
Children brought in posters, models, design boards, PowerPoints, mood boards and more! We were so impressed with all the thought and work that went into their projects! Well done everyone! Of course, once a designer has been chosen by the playground committee, the children’s ideas from across the school, as well as from this home learning project, will be taken into account when coming up with the final designs
Grand opening for the playground
On Friday 1st February 2019, Whitehall Park School opened their playground structure. As part of our ceremony we had Doc Brown come in. We were able to see his amazing rapping skills and we even joined him with his rap ‘I Am Bear’. As part of the playground opening ceremony, we asked the children of Whitehall Park School to come up with a rap, song or poem about play time. We saw some amazing talent in the classrooms and the children were really happy to show what they had written. We had to narrow down the winners (which was so very difficult to do) and here is the list of the finalists:
Caio, Alfie, Axel and Freya
Our winner for the competition however was Ernie; with his amazing rap and dancing skills he managed to dazzle the judges and Mr Doc Brown and was able to win first place in the competition. The prize? Ernie will be the first child to go down the slide of the playground structure. The finalists will join Ernie and play on the structure with him.
We want to thank all the families and friends who helped with the fundraising of our playground as well as the ideas and help you gave the children for the playground competition. All your help is immensely appreciated by all members of Whitehall Park School. We are happy to have opened our playground structure so the children can have year