A “muddy” good time

THINGS got a little messy for the official opening of Emmanuel Christian School’s “Mud Kitchen” last month.

The Mud Kitchen is a play structure complementing existing water and sand play, encouraging children to play outside.

Emmanuel Christian School principal Scott Winkler said it had been a  “fantastic team effort.”

“We’ve been working together with volunteers from the local Clarence Plains Community Shed on this for some time,” he said.

“The Mud Kitchen is an exciting part of our school’s engagement with the community.”

Emmanuel teacher and project leader Anne Knibbe said enlisting help from the Community Shed was the key to its success.

“We’re proud of the caring environment our school offers and are grateful for the Shed’s assistance,” she said.

“We have students who come from all around the Eastern Shore, so it’s great that they can come and enjoy this.”

Although, Mrs Knibbe said the “mud” aspect of the new structure wasn’t completely accurate.

“We will be using sand, not dirt,” she said.

“This should still be just as fun, but result in cleaner kids and less stressed parents and teachers.”

The Mud Kitchen development is part of a series of improvements to the play spaces for the younger classes at Emmanuel.

“The Community Shed also assisted us building a buddy bench last year,” Mr Winkler said.

“We opened our $3.5 million dollar Performing Arts Centre a couple of years ago and are steadily working to refresh the learning and play areas across the school.

“This year is the school’s 40th anniversary and we have a project to build a brand-new contemporary quadrangle for the students to enjoy for the next 40 years.

“We’re really excited about the future of our growing school.”

Caption: Emmanuel Christian School student Sophia Booker enjoying the new Mud Kitchen.