Children celebrate getting enough space to play
YOUNGSTERS at St Eanswythe's Primary no longer have to rely on a rota system to go out to play, thanks to four years' hard work.
The school celebrated the opening of its new playground in style on Monday, with a balloon release, circus skills and music at a party attended by the Rev Nigel Genders, mayor Sue Wallace, pupils, staff and families.
Head teacher Jane Garrett said: "It has been a long fight but I'm delighted it has been successful."
Children and teachers had spent four years raising £237,500 to buy an unused piece of land adjoining their original playground, which had been too small to allow even all those from each key stage to play at once.
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They held fundraising events and were given grants from local and national businesses and charities. The diocese then made up the £475,000 cost of the land.
Monday's ceremony was preceded by a thanksgiving service at St Mary and St Eanswythe's Church.
Mrs Garrett added: "There are too many people to thank individually, but we've had a lot of support from the community, as well as Kent County Council."