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.