All work and more play for Shawlands primary

Playground plan.
Playground plan.

PARENTS and pupils at Shawlands primary school are fundraising in a bid to improve playtime.

The school’s parent council are this week hosting the latest in a series of events to raise money for new playground facilities – and with a £7,491 grant received so far, it seems they’re on a roll.

The cash boost was provided by an Awards for All community grant, now funding stage one of the new playground plans.

Parent council member Jane Hamilton told The Extra: “We’ve already installed benches in the playground, and planters between them for the pupils to grow plants and flowers.

“But the next stage, to be installed in spring, is going to be really exciting. Just now it’s wall to wall concrete, but we hope a new trim trail will help the kids with creative play, as well as just excite them with the thought of a new playground”.

The idea of installing new timber climbing frames — costing £10,000 — may have blossomed from the parent council, but it’s the pupils who have used their imaginations to shape their own play area.

Jane — mum to primary two Kane McEwan, and younger brother Oskar, who starts school in August — continued: “The pupil council are really keen to have their say and asked all their fellow students what they wanted.

“It’s great to get feedback from the kids and find out what they would like”.

Far from stopping there, both parents and pupils now have a wish list and a proposed budget for more improvements — including an outdoor classroom for the warmer months.

To put these plans into action, a number of events have been organised – the latest being An Evening with Burns, a belated tribute to the bard taking place tonight (Thursday) at 7.15pm.

Guests will include deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, councillors David Meikle and Ifran Rabbani, and Shawlands Academy head teacher Ann Grant.

The school choir and violin and Scottish country dance groups will perform, as well as individual pupils providing songs and poetry for the Burns supper.

Piper Donald Lindsay will welcome the haggis, neeps and tatties supplied by Tapa Cafe, as well as nibbles from Tunnocks.

More events will follow, including a ladies night on March 9 and, later, a world food festival — but for Jane, it’s not all about the money.

She added: “We don’t always want to focus on fundraising. Tonight is a social event and people don’t have to be constantly putting their hands in their pockets. “If they do come along, they’re part of an event with the children, teachers and parents – it’s a great way to bring the community together through the school”.