All to play for at St Joseph’s Primary

St Josephs Primary School picnic to mark extension of playing field.''Pictured: Mum, Ellen Gordon with daughters Anna Grace (4) and Holly (5).''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach
St Josephs Primary School picnic to mark extension of playing field.''Pictured: Mum, Ellen Gordon with daughters Anna Grace (4) and Holly (5).''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

The school community at St Joseph’s Primary in Linlithgow is celebrating after years of time and effort secured a new-look playground.

A fun day was organised for pupils, parents and staff to make more exciting playtimes at the Preston Road primary.

The playing field has been extended at the school, after three ,years of fundraising by the parents’ association, and a grant worth thousands of pounds from Sports Scotland.

Balloons in red and black, the school colours, were 
released and the ribbon was officially cut by senior pupils.

The school decided to 
celebrate by creating a fun day out with parents and families taking part tucking in to a sit down picnic on the field.

Headteacher Lisa Moore made a speech for all those who had come along to join in the fun, and enjoy the sunshine.

She said: “This was the 
official opening of the extended playground. The PFA (Parents and Friends Association) has worked really hard over the last few years to have this extended.

“The Sports Scotland grant also means this is only the beginning. We hope to use the money to further enhance the playground.

“We had an old fashioned picnic to celebrate the wide open space, with face painting, games, and hula hooping.

“Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.

“We have been fundraising for about three years and then we also got this grant from Sport Scotland.

“The PFA raised around £5000 and this will be used to create an outdoor playing area, goal posts, and an orchard.

“There is a playground committee which will make the final decisions but I’m sure it will look great.

“I cannot even remember what it was like before!”

Sportscotland is the 
national lead agency for sport, with a clear focus on developing and supporting a world class sporting system across the country.

To keep up to date with St Joseph’s fundraising efforts go to their website at www.stjosephsprimary.org