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New Playground Opening

On Friday 5th September we had the opening for our new playground thanks to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.

              

                                    

On Friday 5th September we had the opening for our new playground thanks to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary. The playground has great facilities, including; water play, sand pits, role playing areas, a bubble machine and some bongos which the pupils especially loved testing out!

Below is an article from the Eastern Daily Press:

'Children at Churchill Park School, in King’s Lynn, returned from their holidays to find they had a new playground thanks to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.

Staff took time out from repairing damage at the seafront attraction, which was flooded by last December’s storms, to build it.

Funded by Magic Wand, a charity set up by the Sea Life Sanctuary’s parent company Merlin, the playground has water play, sand pits, cuddly marine creatures, role playing areas and a bubble machine.

“It’s made a huge difference, look at how engaged they are,” said head Paul Donkersloot, as pupils gave the new equipment the once-over.

Angela Rudd, Merlin’s project manager, said: “Despite being closed since December of last year when the Sea Life Sanctuary suffered severe flooding during the tidal surge we have still been able to reach out into our local community and touch the lives of our local children.”

Elaine Peveritt, business manager at the school, said: “Our friends from Sea Life have taken on board a real insight into the needs of our children and young people, nothing has been too much trouble, we are genuinely overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness and generosity.”

Churchill Park Complex Needs School was formed by the merger of two former special schools in King’s Lynn in 2009.

It provides education for 176 children, who are aged from three to 19.

Magic Wand charity manager Sandra Hazel said: “We are really proud of the facility we have been able to provide at Churchill park and hope to use it as the blueprint for other similar projects around the UK.”

Sea Life Sanctuary staff have now returned to the attraction, where the finishing touches are being put in place, ready for when it reopens again on October 16.'