Tuesday, 11 December 2018

New £5,000 outdoor classroom opens at primary school

A NEW outdoor learning area has been opened at Crazies Hill Primary School.

A NEW outdoor learning area has been opened at Crazies Hill Primary School.

The wooden gazebo cost £5,000, which was raised by the parents’ association with events including cake sales, a disco and fairs.

It is located in a field opposite the school that was opened for use in 2011 and can accommodate up to 30 children.

The offical opening ceremony was performed by the school’s youngest and oldest pupils, four-year-old Megan Greenham and Terrell Carty, 10, in front of the rest of the school.

The gazebo was built by builder Richard Saudan in three days, although a cement truck had to be towed out of the field after it began to sink in the soft ground.

Pupils presented hand-made cards to Mr Saudan and the association.

Headteacher Philippa Chan, who began work last month, said: “It may have looked like an easy project at the start but it quickly became more difficult. Thanks to Richard for working through the difficulties. Thanks also to the association. I’m really struck by their enthusiasm for helping the school.”

Cathryn Willemse, of the association, said: “The previous committee had been in discussions with the school so we spent the whole of last year fund-raising. By July we had raised £5,600.

“It means the kids can learn outside. We are a Forest school and in an ideal world they would be outside as much as the weather allows.”

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