As part of their 69th Founder’s Day celebrations, Stirling Primary School opened their new multipurpose arena, the Dell, named in honour of teachers Miles and Bev Dell.
The school began construction on the arena late last year, after years of conceptualising a space that would enable the sports, physical education, and break time programmes to run without being hindered by weather and space constraints.
At 18x36m, the multipurpose arena is an Astro-turfed area with a roof that can simultaneously accommodate the entire school including little ones from Fun at Four and Grade R.
The arena can be used for a range of sporting codes both for pupils and local clubs including indoor hockey, netball, bowls, paddle ball and pickleball.
Principal Rodney Harris said that given the increasingly hot weather, the space became important to establish so that children had protection from the sun and local clubs have more space to play.
The school will also use the space for assemblies which marks the first time there is now enough space to assemble all the grades and teachers at once.
Named after long-serving Stirling Primary teachers, Miles and Bev Dell, the arena stands as a testament to their contribution to local education.
Miles served as deputy principal and Bev was head of foundation phase and teacher-in-charge of netball.
Harris said: “We are very excited about the naming of the arena because we felt that Miles and Bev gave the school a lot of years.
“A lot of their expertise has gone into furthering the school and developing it into what it is today.
“It is right and fitting that the arena be named after them.”
The school would like to thank parents for their assistance through fees and fundraisers for enabling the establishment of the arena.