Karuah Primary gets giant Chess Set

Chess players Jack Bailey (Star Leader), Ashley Kay, Matthew Leonard, Jack Lilley, Lexi Bolton and Summer Leonard.
Chess players Jack Bailey (Star Leader), Ashley Kay, Matthew Leonard, Jack Lilley, Lexi Bolton and Summer Leonard.

AROUND the world, it’s estimated more than 600 million adults play Chess on a regular basis.

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Now we can add a few younger players to the count.

The students of Karuah Primary School now have a giant chess set in their playground.

‘’A few of our senior students had expressed interest in playing chess last year and asked would they be able to have a giant set for the playground,” Teacher Kath Henry told News Of The Area.

“Finally, after a very successful ‘Grandparents Day’, the funds were found, with a big thank you to Miss Blatch.”

Year 5/6 Teacher Heath Lawless takes the lead when it comes to passing on his Chess skills and advice.

Then the older students do so in kind, teaching the younger ones.

‘’We have two playtimes every day,’’ Kath said.

Monkeying around: Karuah Primary School Students.
Monkeying around: Karuah Primary School Students.

“11.30 until 11.50 am, straight after Lunch and at Recess playtime between 1.30 until 1.50 pm.”

The students are also responsible for the laying out and packing up the equipment on a daily basis with the chess set safely stored in large bins.

“Karuah Public School students are really blessed as they have some of the best playground equipment around, such as a blue climbing spider, bikes, a cubby house, an enclosed sandpit,” Kath Henry said.

Happy days: Karuah Primary School Students.
Happy days: Karuah Primary School Students.

“The activities vary from week to week.”

“We find that our students are engaged in their play times and are learning new skills too.”

By Margie Tierney

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