King of the castle: Kadin Greaves (3) waits for Myles Lott
(4) to clear the way so he can slide down the Kaikorai
Kindergarten's water feature, part of a new $27,000 sandpit
and play area. Photo by Tim Miller
Kaikorai Kindergarten has its $27,000 sandpit.
Two years in the making, the sandpit and play area was
officially opened on Friday with a karakia.
The new sandpit boasts a water feature which pumps collected
rain water around the sandpit and into an area the children
can play in.
Head teacher Tania Barker said raising the funds had been
hard work - but that the finished product showed the effort
"We could never have done it with out everyone's help, from
the architects to the parents who ran the sausage sizzles and
the quiz nights." Sand and water were very important in the
development of children, and the sandpit would be a vital
part of the learning environment, she said.
The underground pipes and the water pump were the largest
expense of the souped-up pit.
"Making sure everything complied with regulations took a bit
of time and effort," she said.
"It was absolutely worth it, though."
- Tim Miller