Maitland Public School has duct taped principal Kevin Greaves for a fundraiser

STUCK: Principal Kevin Greaves is duct taped to the wall to raise funds for new playground equipment. Picture: PERRY DUFFIN

STUCK: Principal Kevin Greaves is duct taped to the wall to raise funds for new playground equipment. Picture: PERRY DUFFIN

Maitland Public School stuck their principal to the wall for a good cause last week.

The school is self-funding upgrades to its playground with bush tucker gardens, a reading deck, outdoor bean bags and numerous other upgrades in the works for the next few months.

Following the online sensation of duct-taping principals and bosses to pylons, poles and walls, the P and C spotted a fundraising opportunity with principal Kevin Greaves.

Students could purchase strips of tape to anchor their principal to a brick wall, to raise money for the school’s upgrades.

Mr Greaves agreed and integrated the fun with the school’s cross country and water run day.

While some students cooled off with water pistols and sprinklers in the unseasonable warmth, others began taping Mr Greaves to a brick wall.

“It was actually nice and comfortable for a while, a bit of a cocoon,” Mr Greaves said.

But the pleasant sensation didn’t last as the mercury pushed past 35 degrees Celsius in the playground. 

“I think I was about 30 seconds away from chucking up everywhere,” he said.

“It was a lot hotter under all that tape.”

With some help from gravity the principal came down from the wall and made a quick recovery.

While the final total of the fundraiser is not yet known, Mr Greaves said he was proud of the fun day the school was able to host for the community.

“It was uniquely Maitland Public,” he said.

Mr Greaves said he was planning to try the event again later in the year when the weather cooled down.

Though he said he was also considering setting somebody in jelly.

He shared his experience on social media and attracted more than 100 likes on Facebook.

“So this is how I spent my day!” he wrote. 

“36 degrees stuck to a brick wall in the open. I almost fainted and vomited but made it to the end. 45 minutes sticking time and, even with the heat, I did manage to stay there for a short time but piked it in the end.”

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