School funds and builds its sports pitch

Guthridge Primary School has opened its new sports field, featuring a soccer/hockey pitch and 170m four lane athletics track. Pictured is principal Sue Burnett with the junior school council.

Guthridge Primary School has opened its new sports field, featuring a soccer/hockey pitch and 170m four lane athletics track. Pictured is principal Sue Burnett with the junior school council.

THE new sports field at Guthridge Primary School was the result of 12 months’ hard work, according to school principal Sue Burnett.

As well as a multi-use artificial turf pitch with goals, the field is ringed by a four-lane athletics track, 176 metres long, and a long jump track.

Ms Burnett said the parent’s club had raised all of the $200,000 needed to build the project.

“The school community owns this — we didn’t get any federal funding or state funding,” she said.

“We’re rapt with the final product.”

As well as providing more options for students at lunchtime, Ms Burnett said the oval would fill several gaps at the school.

“The idea is the kids can play on it pretty much all year round without the soggy shoes,” she said.

“We’ve run out of concrete a little bit because we’ve had all these buildings built, so that’s restricted the area where teachers can take kids to bounce balls.

“The school community’s really been behind it — our indoor heated pool and fitness centre are here, and now this is the icing on the cake.

“It’s educating the entire child, not just focusing on the academic part of it or the competitive part, it’s getting out there and having fun.”

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