There is a reason that these new preps at specialist school, St Paul’s College, are jumping for joy. They can play more comfortably with their bikes, scooters and balls when it’s hot thanks to these new sail shades.
The sail shades were installed just in time for the start of the new school year and protect this very popular playground, at the Kew school, from the heat.
The Rotary Club of Balwyn generously donated more than $17,000 to allow the school to buy three large shade sails. Now the play area is more accessible than ever to more than 60 students that attend the school.
Peter O’Brien, from The Rotary Club of Balwyn, said that in the past 12 months it donated about $200,000 to many great community projects, including this one. It raises the money thanks to proceeds from the popular Camberwell Sunday Market, which it runs.
“We’re very pleased to be able to see the benefits of our endeavours and to see it’s getting great use and benefiting all the kids,” Mr O’Brien said.
St Paul’s College Acting Principal, Margaret White, said staff, students and parents loved the sail shades.
“It’s fantastic and it has made the playground a lot more user friendly and we’re very grateful. All donations such as this are very much appreciated by the whole school community,” Ms White said.