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Pupils dress as fairytale characters for opening of new early years play area
TINKERBELL, Peter Pan and Snow White were among the fairytale characters who attended the unveiling of a new school playground in Maple Cross.
Pupils at Maple Cross JMI, in Denham Way, dressed in costume for a special tea party to celebrate the opening of an improved early years play area at the school on Friday (11).
The Â£30,000 project has seen the school's existing play area double in size, with new features including a bike trail, a galleon-shaped climbing frame, fencing and a covered area with a parasol.
About 50 parents, teachers and governors, including leader of Three Rivers District Council, Ann Shaw, plus South West Hertfordshire MP, David Gauke, braved the bad weather to attend the event.
The work on the play area began last December and has been paid for by the school's capital funding.
Headteacher, Mari Tomaney, told the Gazette: "The previous playground was very small and as our pupil numbers continue to grow, we wanted to expand on what was there.
"The new play area means children can choose to learn both inside and outdoors, which enriches lessons and makes them more fun and interesting.
"Despite the rain, everyone had a lovely day and the pupils loved the tea party, especially dressing up in costumes and eating a fairytale castle-shaped cake kindly made by one of the parents."
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