Tasman Leader : September 5th 2013
14 THE TASMAN LEADER, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 NEWS 5594720AA e: nelsonsales@A1homes.co.nz m: 022 061 1002 P: 5477301 Show home: 98 Washbourn Drive, Richmond. CONGRATULATIONS Nelson's best Show Home as awarded in the recent Master Builders House of the Year Competition. Gold award winner for the Show Home of the year 2013 and New Homes $250,000 - $350,000 in the Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast regions www.A1homes.co.nz Playground closed after accident Flower power: Some of the junior and middle syndicate pupils at Motueka South School display their Daffodil Day outfits last Friday. Off limits: The adventure playground at Motueka South School where a pupil got stuck last Wednesday. Photos: ALASTAIR PAULIN A7-year-old Motueka South School pupil sparked an emergency callout after he slipped off an adventure play- ground and became stuck between the structure and a tree trunk. Principal Michael Harrison said a fire truck was dispatched to the Motueka primary school last Wednesday after a year 3 boy became lodged between a tree and a wooden playground, and was unable to free himself. He said the boy slipped into a gap measuring just 12 centi- metres by 23cm and became stuck around his upper body and head. Fire officers and the school caretaker took about 20 minutes to free him by removing two wooden floorboards from the more than 20-year-old adventure play- ground. Naturally, he was shaken, but there were no injuries, Michael said. He s fine. He said the boy s mother arrived at the scene quickly and took the boy home to have the afternoon off school. The principal commended his staff for supporting the boy and keeping him calm, while waiting for emergency services. He said Motueka South School had a policy of checking play- ground equipment every two weeks. The wooden adventure play- ground in question had been ear- marked for removal in term 4, because it was a pretty old struc- ture , he said. The playground was cordoned off and closed. He said there were no specific health and safety issues ident- ified, but his pupils would benefit from more modern facilities. The school had raised $20,000 toward building a new play- ground, with help from the Parent Teacher Association and the Can- terbury Community Trust. Michael said he and staff would consult with pupils about what they wanted in a new playground, and then the board would make a decision, hopefully next term. Two days later the school s mood brightened as the junior and middle syndicates raised $245 for the Cancer Society by going wild with yellow for Daffodil Day.
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