Wingham Brush Public School's new basketball court officially opens

From left Lyn Heher (president of P and C), Lilli Urquhart (vice captain), Stephen Bromhead, Jonah Harrell (captain), Dillon Kennewell (vice captain), Helen Jessup (P and C), Kiah Hughes (captain) and Kylie Seaman (principal).
From left Lyn Heher (president of P and C), Lilli Urquhart (vice captain), Stephen Bromhead, Jonah Harrell (captain), Dillon Kennewell (vice captain), Helen Jessup (P and C), Kiah Hughes (captain) and Kylie Seaman (principal).

Passion and perseverance have paid off with the completion of Wingham Brush Public School's new basketball court.

It has been game on for nearly two years as the school's P and C worked to raise enough funds to resurface the old cracked courts which were really just layer upon layer of old repairs.

Efforts to raise enough money to finally do the job properly were rewarded in the October school holidays when the project was completed in time for the start of term four.

This time instead of just a patch-up, the old layers were professionally ground down and a new blue Tiger Turf synthetic surface laid.

New hoops and backboards finished it all off nicely and there's not a pot-hole or crack in sight.

The students couldn't be happier.

"We're loving our new basketball courts and the kids are really happy," said school principal Kylie Seaman.

"It has been a lot of hard work by the community and our fabulous P and C."

The courts were officially opened on Friday, October 18 by member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead who was happy to shoot a few hoops with the school leaders.

A $10,000 community grant and a $1000 donation by Optus were welcome additions to the P and C fundraising with the original goal set at $60,000.

In total $70,000 was raised, surpassing the cost of the project. The surplus funds have already been put to good use creating a new kitchen in the back of A-block which will open soon.

This bonus wasn't the only one. The school has been waiting patiently for some rain to help settle the sand and bring the finished surface to life.

Light showers in the early hours of Sunday did the trick.

"The little sprinkle of rain was perfect and it's now a really vibrant, lovely colour," said Kylie.