Mernda Primary School Pirate Ship

The fact that we are serious about play is demonstrated by the Pirate Ship Playground project at Mernda Primary School. The Pirate Ship is a huge customised ship almost 17 metres long and around 9 metres wide, and provides enormous opportunities for childhood development.

No ordinary school playground

We all know how essential play is for early childhood development. Play helps children develop their cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills. And when you can introduce a customised theme to their games, you are letting their sense of imagination and creativity run wild.

The Pirate Ship is unlike a run-of-the-mill playground. The themed design ignites the child’s sense of play by having children imagine being on a pirate ship. The ship is docked, linked to the dock via a rope bridge, and has three cubbies on the dockside, enabling the children to interact and socialise in different parts of the play space. The design includes over a hundred various play components, helping to light up the children’s sense of adventure.

The sheer size of the ship drives the kids to keep up physical activity in order to explore all sections. They will give their little bodies a workout on the multiple rope climbers. And if they dare, they can even walk the plank towards a crocodile lurking beneath!

Overcoming challenges to create something truly unique

Our client, Mernda Primary, wanted a huge pirate ship. Designing the playground to meet the client’s specifications was a challenge that was willingly taken on by our design team. The design is complex and required much thought to bring it together. The school wanted extra elements such as a treasure dig, which our project managers worked with the school to help install this. Using our timber modular system combined with some creativity, we achieved an end result which was economical and affordable to the school.

The client was thrilled with the results, which is shown by the positive feedback from the Principal:

“The Pirate Ship and Rocket Ship is just amazing and the reaction from our students tells the complete story. There are so many different elements of play that we really think it will be years before it becomes ‘just another play area’. We would really like to thank everyone at adventure+ for the work that has gone into the design and construction of these projects. They are so popular that we have recess and lunch time rosters.” (Janet Hamer, Principal)

Off the back of the Pirate Ship themed playground, we are now in the process of designing another playground for another play space within the school.

Mernda Primary School Pirate Ship

Our products utilised in this play space include:

Everyone in the company with whom I had contact was responsive, even when we changed our minds about fifteen times! The work was done very efficiently, on time and on budget.

Phil Dunlop-Moore, Drysdale Primary School