Playground open

The Kimba Area School has officially launched its new all-abilities playground with a school-wide event this week.

Representatives from the council, Lions, Apex, Parents and Friends, the Governing Council and major donors Variety Bash attended.

The entire student body came out of class to watch the opening, with the excitement from the younger classes palpable.

Student representatives Tayla Rodda and Jackson Yates cut the ceremonial ribbon with principal Anne Moyle and Variety Bash chairperson Sandra Lukin, who travelled from Port Lincoln for the occasion.

Henry Larwood was the first student to try out the playground, his classmates cheering him on as he explored the equipment with his wheelchair.

The youngest students were then given first opportunity, with the rest of the children swarming the equipment as the launch was followed by recess.

Ms Lukin said she was "a bit emotional" seeing the students finally able to enjoy the finished project after Variety Bash put $90,000 towards construction in August last year.

She said its was great "to see everyone's hard work go to something that makes such a difference."

Installation of the soft-fall ground cover was completed last week after the equipment was installed at the end of the summer school holidays.

Ms Moyle said there was more work to do, including deciding what to do with the ground around the soft-fall surface.

She said the school would also be looking at funding options for constructing a shade over the structure.

The playground is the second to be built in the town in the past year for children with disabilities, the first one was built next to the Kimba Apex Lions Park.