Waihi Beach School currently has an existing Senior Playground that is a Fitness Trail and Obstacle Course which was originally installed in 2001 and is still well used by school children and other children, both living in and visiting the area. It is also used by a lot of adults that use the facilities to complete their daily exercise regime, such as upper body strength training.
As a Community we do not currently have a recreational area like what we are proposing; there are a number of small playgrounds that cater to preschool aged children, such as swings and slides, however nothing that stretches across multiple age groups and can service the whole community. To enjoy facilities such as these, families would have to travel as far afield as Omokoroa, Tauranga or even Hamilton.
When doing research and obtaining feedback from the community in regards to their support for the proposed plan, it was apparent that a facility such as this was in desperate need. Waihi Beach School is located right next to the Community Emergency Meeting Point and in the event of an emergency this new area would be used by families. It is also situated next door to the current skate park, the proposed Mens Shed, Waihi Beach Playcentre, our local WBOP District Library and Service Centre, and the Waihi Beach Community Centre.
Community Groups & Sports Teams
Community groups are regular visitors to our school and by installing these facilities it will benefit them even more. The local gymnastics club that holds their classes at the Community Centre are very excited at the prospect of having trampolines right next to their hall, as this will eliminate them having to meet at individual families houses to do trampoline training for their competitions (like they currently do).
The local Playcentre is excited about getting the children into the new space to explore and learn, enhance their physical development and risky play elements as are the local daycare centres and Kohanga Reo.
Local sports and rep teams are keen to use the obstacle course for agility and strength training and are excited that this can happen alongside their off-season and in-season training that they currently have, on the school field.
We have consulted with our local hapu, Te Whanau o Tauwhao, of Ngai Te Rangi, who tautoko (support) and endorse our Playground Project.
Specifically with the community in Mind
When designing the playground the community was a major consideration, which is why a picnic table, electric BBQ and bench seats have been included in the plan. The playground has been designed to help children of all ages to challenge themselves physically and mentally, foster social play and development, learn
We are unique
What is quite unique in our area is that our school is open to the public 24 hours a day, as we do not have gates that keep the public off our property, so when ‘school’s out’, everyone is welcome. It is a common sight to see teenagers playing soccer on the field, shooting hoops on our portable basketball hoops, children playing in the native areas around the school, rolling the dozen tractor tyres around the field, people picking strawberries, cherry tomatoes and harvesting sweetcorn from our school vegetable garden, swimming lessons being taken in our school pool, yoga, zumba, and aerobic classes being held either in our school hall or on the turf or field, as well as the local Church group who use our school hall for their Sunday services, just to name a few. It is our goal to ensure all of our community feels welcome at our school, that they use our facilities and create wonderful lifelong memories with their friends and whanau.
If you would like to make a donation to help our school reach our goal please feel free to pop into our office and talk to Lisa about making a donation or pop across to our give a little page
Included in this playground will be the following activities
The project budget for this playground is $523,488.27 which includes stage 1 of the bike track that has already been completed. As a school we have been working hard to fundraise towards this goal and to date have raised $104,178.72.
We are constantly applying to funding from different organisations such as Lotterys Grant Board, Waihi Beach RSA, Harcourts Foundation and our own Give a Little Page.