Junior School Arna Bennett Playground Opening

Aug 27, 2020

On Friday 24 July, the new Arna Bennett Playground was officially opened in the Junior School.

 

 

Representing a significant expansion of space and incorporating contemporary play for all of the Junior School, it was named in honour of Arna’s dedication and long-standing (27 years), as Head of Junior School from 1993 to 2019. The playground is designed to facilitate artistic, creative and physical engagement, with many new features and challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

The playground was funded by the Somerville House Foundation and generous donations from the Somerville House community. Grade 3 performed Rockin Robin with new lyrics, devised by Tim Smetham Assistant Head of Junior School. LINK TO VIDEO

 

Dominique Layt (Class of 87) Chair of the Somerville House Foundation, Kim Keipe Principal, Louise McGuire Head of Junior School and Junior School Captains Mia Davidson and Abby Mortess welcomed guests and unveiled the plaque, a large, stainless steel frog. Also in attendance were Old Girls and Somerville House Foundation Directors Peta Tilse (Mandikos Class of 1990), Trudy Naylor (Class of 1991) and Rebecca Bauer (Class of 1988).

 

    

 

 

 

Please see below wording for the Rockin Robin performance on the day.

 

Adventure Playground Song

Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee, Twidle-lee, diddle-lee dee. Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee, Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee. Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee, Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee. Tweet! ____ Tweet! _______ Tweet! Tweet!

Verse 1

We run to the playground at morning tea, Jump-in’ and a skip-in’, oh happy are we.
We come down the slide with a bump and a glide, Up the ladder to the platform we hide,

Chorus

It’s our playground, run, climb, slide,
It’s our playground, run, climb, slide,
It’s the Arna Bennett Adventure Playground.

Verse 2

We play in the sand-pit, buckets and spades, Watch-in’ frogs and dragonflies in the shade. We squeal with de-light as we play all the day O-ver bridges we chase all day,

Chorus

It’s our playground, run, climb, slide,
It’s our playground, run, climb, slide,
It’s the Arna Bennett Adventure Playground.

Outro

Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee, Twidle-lee, diddle-lee dee. Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee, Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee. Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee, Twidle-lee diddle-lee dee. Tweet! ____ Tweet! _______ Tweet! Tweet!


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