Here at Holy Cross, we are committed to ensuring quality play opportunities are available to all our children. We believe that play is essential for physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual development of each child.

Children in British primary schools spend 20% or 1.4 years of their school attendance in play and most of our best childhood memories are from playing outdoors, climbing trees and exploring the wide world around us. OPAL gives us the opportunity to give those memories to your children. OPAL is all about using naturally and man made resources to allow children to be inspired and creative at playtime.

What does this mean for us?

  • Happier children
  • Children coming into class ready to learn
  • A fully inclusive playtime offer
  • It allows children an opportunity to be creative and make decisions
  • Children develop independence and resilience skills
  • Increased social skills
  • …. and most importantly fun!


You can find out more about OPAL by clicking here:


How you can support OPAL?

OPAL is all weather play. Please ensure children are dressed appropriately for the season. Wellies and a change of shoes are essential for them to access the full play offer.

We want your junk!
We are looking for a few items if you have them!

  • Small world items (dinosaurs, figures, cars, farmyard animals etc…)
  • Pots, pans and kitchen utensils.
  • We still need some bigger items especially pallets, cable drums and barrels