12 Dec

The completion of our new nature play space has opened the doors for creativity and exploration in the outdoors.

We’re thankful for the generous contributions made by the PFA and the SPW Foundation to turn our dream of creating a nature play space into a reality here at SPW. Recently we received a letter that perfectly expresses what the children think of this new space.

Dear PFA and SPW Foundation

As a teacher who walks the beat twice a week in the new nature play space, I thought you might like to know what your fundraising efforts have helped make possible.

The place is buzzing.

The sand pit if full of engineers who are spotting opportunities, solving problems, collaborating with team members, compromising with rival projects and constructing tirelessly.

They wait democratically in line at the water pump, negotiate borders for ever increasing infrastructure, share, assess and discard new ideas and develop upper body strength as they lug around heavy loads with enthusiasm.

The kitchen is full of cooks thinking creatively, being adaptable, sharing resources and practising social manners. There are a number of very minor accidents that don’t get the time of day, since stopping to look for a speck of blood would mean the pie burns and the party stalls. There are children of different ages who model sharing, reach equipment down for the little ones and step in to resolve disputes with unarguable logic.

The woven huts are inhabited with a real sense of belonging. The stepping logs and wood pile are used by children who look like young adults but still get to play. The loose sticks give daydreaming warriors and hunters an opportunity to resist temptation – mostly! (Please, let there be no accidents with sticks. Amen). 

In the first weeks the nature play space was open, two older boys were in a corner of the sand pit, carving out a gargantuan crater. They knew they were allowed to be there but as I approached a little remnant of doubt showed on their faces. I went past wordlessly and they relaxed. At the end of lunch they were a bit flustered, trying to fill it in before the bell. Congratulating them on a magnificent achievement, I suggested they put away the spades but leave the hole for someone else to discover. They looked at each other and grinned. Perhaps it was a great feeling to be – just for that afternoon – real agents of change on a piece of the school landscape. Whatever they were thinking, they seemed very happy.

With thanks,

A teacher.

Thank you to our anonymous teacher who took time to express appreciation to our PFA and SPW Foundation. We love hearing stories of happy children who enjoy being at SPW.