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,”
“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.