03 July
Bellsquarry Trim Track

Council Leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick joined with pupils, staff, parents and carers to officially open the new trail, which is designed to keep children active in a fun way, while developing their balance, core stability and motor skill development.

Bellsquarry Primary's Parent Council asked about improving the playground and school grounds to be a more engaging environment for the children.

After getting playground games painted in the playground, the Parent Council suggested a trim trail and set about raising money through events such as a movie night and donations from AEGON, Morrison's, Stonehouse Carvery Sykes Global Enterprises and Tesco.

Chair of Bellsquarry Primary Parent Council Nikki Cooper added: "Achieving an ambitious venture like our trim trail, could not have been possible without the tremendous support from Bellsquarry parents, pupils and staff working in conjunction with the wider community and the charitable donations they kindly provided.

"It's been a worthwhile project to provide a stimulating and adventurous piece of equipment which enhances the school's outdoor provision for our current and future pupils to enjoy.

"Research demonstrates that by providing quality outdoor spaces for play, not only provides physical benefits but improves social relationships, cognition and mental health too. Now that all the hard work is done, all that is left to provide, is plenty of opportunities for the children to go outside, play and have fun!"

Pupils also played a major part in the trim trail project, voting on their preferred design from three possible options. Primary 7 pupils also created a rota to ensure every class could have a slot as part of their problem solving work, and have taken on the extra responsibility of overseeing and assist the pupils on the trim trail.

Bellsquarry Head Teacher Ruth McMaster added: "The new trim trail is fantastic and our pupils are already enjoying the benefits of this great new resource.

"It's fantastic to have such a supportive parent council at Bellsquarry, and the new trail will be cherished by our pupils for many years to come."