CCGS boys first to trial Kings Park’s Naturescape
Fifty Year 7 boys were amongst the first people to trial the new Naturescape playground at Kings Park, which was unveiled to the public last week. Students from a number of schools, ranging from Pre-Primary through to Year 7, were invited to attend the day.
The purpose of the day was to allow the students to play and explore the new park whilst being observed by staff from Kings Park and UWA. This was part of an observational study to discern how the students engaged with the playground.
The playground has been designed to allow for creative and interactive play in a natural environment. There is a flowing creek with ponds, secret hidey-holes, lookout towers and water features. Students were allowed to wander through the bush, paddle in the stream, build dams and drag branches around to create cubby houses.
Head of Science Michael Masterton said after some time at the park, it was fascinating to observe the boys revert to ‘tribal games’ where capturing each other’s tribe members and territory was the aim. Mr Masteron said it was aided by the (safe) use of weapons (sticks). “It was great to see the boys having some good old-fashioned fun!”