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​Masonic Lodge No 27 present the captains with the cheque. Thanks gentlemem!

Generous donations of time, effort and funds


Elliott Heads State School is truly blessed to have such a fantastic school and local community, and the last weeks few of the school term have seen some wonderful examples of this.

The school recently had a new playground erected, funded by a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant. However, the funding didn’t stretch to the sand soft fall needed to finish the job off and make the playground safe for students. We had 25m3 of sand to spread under a newly erected playground, and new sand to put into the sand pit.

This work was aided significantly by the efforts of Mark Panagis and Karen Cramb from our local community, who own a business called the Little Dirt Mover, and Allan Campbell, a parent at the school, with his Dingo. Both volunteered their time and equipment free of charge to the school. Once the sand was put into place, we had an army of parents who came up to spread it out. They worked well into the evening on Friday and were back at the crack of dawn on Monday, spreading the remaining sand, so students could play on the new playground at first break, which they REALLY enjoyed! Jeremy Vallis, another new parent to the school, put up some pool fencing on either side of the swings, to stop children being accidentally hurt when running through the swing area, between playgrounds.

Once the playground was finished, Allan Campbell was back with his dingo to move another 5m3 of sand into the sandpit as we’d used the old sandpit sand under the new playground.

Another new parent to our school, Mark Wilkinson, has put additional shelves up in our reading resource room, free of charge, so that we can make better use of a small space to organise reading books and home readers for students. He worked for several afternoons to complete the job.

To top all that off, last Thursday, Merv Johnston, Robert Moloney and Ben Reitveld from Tyrian Masonic Lodge Number 27, attended our school assembly to make a special presentation to the school captains, of a cheque for over $2000. This extremely generous donation to our school covered the cost of all the sand, the playground fencing to make the swing area safe for students, and the materials for the reading room shelving. The Lodge is a long-time supporter of our school and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity.

In addition to this, we would like to make special mention of long-time community members and supporters of our school, Ruth Mansfield and Larry Groves. Ruth and Larry, along with Karen Cramb, work hard on the Elliott Heads ANZAC Day Committee for our local community. Ruth and Larry are also members of our P&C, and volunteer at our school as Rotary Readers, Tuckshop Chefs and Tuckshop helpers. They also help out at any activities we have such as sand shovelling, running the BBQ at school fairs, helping out with book-keeping and auditing, etc. They are always there when we need them.