Réalt na Mara National School had their playground newly painted with interactive markings for their pupils last Friday, September 21.
The new markings have been funded by the Parents Association and the whole idea came from Principal Mary Hession who wanted to integrate the fun activities the children take part in in-doors and bring the play out-doors.
All parents were invited into the yard on Friday to see the hard work and dedication that had gone into the new playground.
The parents of the junior and senior infants classes were invited to come along at 1.15pm and the parents of the older children were invited along for 2pm.
All the children were given balloons and they were blessed with the weather as the rain stayed away and it was clear skies and sun.
The children, parents and teachers all had a great day.
The markings on the playground make it a more interactive and educational play area for the pupils of Realt na Mara.
The layout of the playground provides a framework within which the pupils of Realt na Mara are able to continually challenge themselves through a variety of play activities.
The markings include circles, games such as snakes and ladders, mat sets and for the older pupils markings for a football potch have been painted so they can play games.
There is also a pathway of tiny foot prints leading from the junior infants classrooms to the playground to ensure that no one gets lost along the way!
The playground is thanks to the dedicated work of the Parents Association who raised all the money required themselves.
Realt naMara would like to express their gratitude all the volunteers involved and would especially like to thank chairperson of the Parents Association Laura Slavin who is an art teacher.
The Parents Association of Realt Na Mara was established in 2009 and has been a great success ever since.
They have undertaken a programme of activities which promotes the involvement of parents in the operation of the school and which supports the pupils, parents and school staff.
In its first year the Parents’ Association was involved in a number of school events, including providing support and assistance at the School Christmas Concert, at the Ceili Mor and at the School’s Sports Day.
The Parents’ Association also hosted a tea party for those children making their First Holy Communion and catered for some overseas visitors as part of the “Cominis Project”.
Memember Sheila NI Chiarain also ran the Wonen’s Mini Marathon and donated all the funds raised to the Parents Association which in turn used it to fund the new interactive playground.
At the end of last year the Parents’ Association held a Table Quiz, which was a great success, raising €2,651 for the school, as well as being a great night out for all who attended.
Any parents or guardians interested in joining the Parents’ Association Committee should attend the next AGM, which is normally scheduled for the first term of the school year and to which all parents and guardians are invited.
Alternatively, their is a “Helpers List”, which is a list of parents and guardians who are happy to help out at school events, as required.
Any support is always greatly appreciated and if you would like to get involved, please leave your details at the school office and your these will be passed on to the Chairperson / Secretary of the Parents’ Association Committee.