Monday, 18 December 2017

Schools receive £22,000 from Tesco for outdoor projects

TWO Henley schools have received grants from Tesco totalling £22,000.

The company’s Henley store is donating £12,000 to Sacred Heart Primary School, off Greys Hill, for a sensory learning space and outdoor classroom.

Another £10,000 will go to Badgemore Primary School, off Hop Gardens, for a beekeeping project and refurbishment of a wildlife pond. The money comes from Tesco’s “Bags of Help” scheme in which customers drop a token in a donation box at the supermarket.

Sacred Heart primary intends to transform a disused wooded area in its grounds to encourage flora and fauna and to become part of the national Forest School scheme in which children learn about the outdoors as part of the curriculum.

Parent-governor Kirsty Grant said: “Our outdoor space is limited and we need to make the most of it. Becoming a Forest School will open up lots of opportunities.”

Badgemore primary will have one or two beehives and older pupils will be taught how to look after the bees by members of the South Chiltern Beekeepers’ Association. The hives could have see-through sides so the children can watch the bees at work.

The school hopes to produce Badgemore honey to sell.

Headteacher Jacky Steele said: “The hives and pond will form part of our Forest School programme and can link with the science syllabus.”

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