Kepnock State High School chess club members pit their brains and strategy against each other using the school’s new giant chess set.
Kepnock State High School chess club members pit their brains and strategy against each other using the school’s new giant chess set. Max Fleet

School creates outdoor chess set

KEPNOCK State High School students will be testing their brains in new ways, after the school created a new outdoor recreation area complete with giant chess set.

The school's parents and citizens association received $30,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for the refurbishment of an unused area into the innovative space, which is designed to be a safe, sun-smart recreational setting for students and teachers.

Principal Jenny Maier said it was great to revamp the unused area into a refurbished storage area for the chess pieces and other outdoor equipment.

“Chess is one of those games that's been around for years but continues to enjoy a strong following by people of all ages and walks of life,” she said.

She said the valued school addition would also hold life skills for students.

“We live in a fast-moving world where we have a propensity to act quickly, sometimes without giving sufficient thought to the potential consequences of an action,” she said.

“Chess is a game of strategy that challenges players to think deeply and carefully before making a move.

“The parallel with real life is clear.”

She said the outdoor area was a fun way for students to develop their thinking skills.

“Since lunch time games began a few weeks ago, students and staff have shown keen interest; attendance at chess club has grown steadily,” she said.



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