5 October 2017

Break times at Foxdale Primary School will continue to be action packed after the school received a Recognition award to purchase new playground equipment.

The new kit, which includes hoppers, ‘stompers’ (stilts), perforated balls and a rounders set, was chosen by the school’s student council. Gethin Owen, 11, explained: ‘Our old equipment was getting worn out because we use it every day, so we were really pleased to have this award to buy new things.

‘We had some catalogues to choose from and bought equipment we knew everyone had liked before, but we only went for things that all of us on the council agreed on.’

Headteacher Ann Jessopp said: ‘The student council is given the responsibility of managing the budget and choosing the items, and judging by the equipment’s popularity, they have made all the right decisions. The school is always well supported in its fundraising efforts but our resources couldn’t quite stretch to buying new playground equipment this year, so we are delighted to have been given this Recognition award.’

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Foxdale School is clearly not only a great place for young children to flourish and receive the best start in life but it is also serving an important role in the village community.

‘Similarly, we are a business committed to the Isle of Man community, investing in local good causes through our Recognition scheme. We have been pleased to provide this award. Play activity is a fundamental part of childhood, different from the classroom environment but equally as essential. The playground equipment so expertly chosen by the student council will, of course, encourage children’s healthy development, but most importantly, I hope it will be a source of fun and enjoyment for the more than 60 pupils lucky enough to attend Foxdale School.’

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery and Foxdale School’s headteacher Ann Jessopp are pictured with pupils from the student council. Photo Matt Mosur

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