Adventure playground honours old scholar

15 January 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Adventure playground honours old scholar|

STUDENTS at St Therese’s Catholic School in Moonah received an early Christmas present with the official opening of the school’s new John Radcliffe Adventure Playground.

The playground is named after businessman and former St Therese’s student John Radcliffe, who was joined by St Therese of Lisieux parish priest Fr Mark Hanns, reverend deacon Michael Hangan and 230 current students for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on 12 December.

Mr Radcliffe has enjoyed a 68-year involvement with St Therese’s since enrolling at the school at the age of five.

Both his children and grandson attended the school, and he continues to support the school and parish – his tea cup rides are a fixture at the annual school fair.

Funded by the school’s Parents and Friends association and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, the new playground that bears his name was the brainchild of teacher/parent Gosia Moutwari and former P&F treasurer Jackie Strong.

The pair worked with designers and builders to create a versatile area that caters for the needs and interests of all the school’s kinder to grade six students.

St Therese’s Catholic School acting principal Justin Veitch said the new playground had already proved popular, with children arriving at school early and staying late in order to play and explore.

“The kids were hassling us to make sure it was ready before the end of the year, and now that they’re on it they’re absolutely loving it,” he said.

“We’ve got sandpits and swings but also other areas where students are encouraged to create their own play and build things, which is why it’s called an adventure playground.

“Mr Radcliffe donates a lot of time, money and energy to the school and especially the local parish.

“So, we thought it was quite fitting to name it after someone who has given our community so much.”

Caption: Pictured back left, St Therese of Lisieux parish priest Fr Mark Hanns, past school P&F treasurer Jackie Strong, businessman John Radcliffe, Kristel Tringrove and Rev Deacon Michael Hangan. Pictured front left, Emily Monks, teacher/parent Gosia Moutwari and acting principal Justin Veitch.

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