It’s cool to climb trees again
CHILDREN are having fun going out on a limb at Te Horo Primary School.
Climbing trees has become fashionable and the kids just love it, says new school Principal Craig Vidulich, who introduced the latest playtime activity.
“The kids weren’t climbing the trees here but it’s just taken off. More and more kids have started doing it.”
“It’s the cheapest playground we’ve purchased,” he says.
Rowan Knight, 9, says the trees at school are easy to climb but it has definitely made playtime more fun.
There are only ‘two’ rules for the children to remember – they can’t climb above the three metre line spray painted on the two trees, and they must be tall enough to get onto the first branch by themselves.
One little six-year-old is waiting for the day she can join her best friend in the trees.
She says she can only just touch the lower branch when she stands on a rock, but thinks she’ll be tall enough in June “when I’m seven”.
The idea came from Mr Vidulich’s previous school in Rotorua, where the children were always in the school trees.
He said teachers used to think: “Well, why kick them out?
“The kids love it and the parents seem to think it’s wonderful too”.
This is Mr Vidulich’s first year as principal of Te Horo School.
“I am loving Te Horo School, it’s a wonderful environment for children to thrive in.”
He says he’s looking forward to engaging and involving students to learn through exciting and ‘real life’ experiences.
Next term the school will be offering French and Spanish for Year 6 and 7, and all the children will be actively involved in a school project to find ways to improve their school environment.