Growing young minds with muddy play

ST Mary’s College students have had a ball testing out their new mud suits that were donated by the college’s Parents and Friends’ Association.

Donning their mud suits and gumboots, young learners in kinder and prep have been breaking new boundaries and exploring new challenges in a stimulating, yet safe environment, with mud and risk outdoor play.

Acting principal Jacqueline Conboy said that being outside for longer periods of time helped young learners build a strong connection with nature and fostered a spirited sense of adventure.

“Their new mud suits support a new level of outdoor play, full of creativity, joy and sensory experiences,” Mrs Conboy said.

“They are absolute naturals at putting on their suits and cannot wait for future bush play excursions.”

Students have enhanced their fine and gross motor skills, as well as their abilities in cooperation, negotiation, communication and sharing in different settings.

“The suits enable students to go outside in any weather and take the curriculum into an outdoor learning space,” Mrs Conboy said.

Long standing college utility officer Phil Boulter was on hand for their first play to spray them down with a little water on the new lawn and garden at the front of the historic 152-year-old façade.

In early years education at St Mary’s College, children are encouraged to be independent and embrace the structure of each day in a program that builds confidence and the joy of discovery and learning.

Early years learning area coordinator Meg Kitchen said the college provided children with a solid foundation to develop and refine the skills needed for life.

The stimulating purpose built early years environment, with an indoor and outdoor play space challenged and supported their learning.

The early years program also offered students a variety of specialist experiences including a targeted Gross Motor program, music, physical education, library and language program.

For more information about St Mary’s College, visit www.smc.tas.edu.au.

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