For those that don’t know, I love to keep busy, so when I’m not “doing kitchens” I need to entertain myself in other ways, and as I’m rubbish at sports and suffer terrible hangovers, the hobbies that filled my youth have long gone. These days I’m more at home wrestling (being beaten up) with my 3 daughters or out in the beautiful countryside that surrounds us here in Matlock. But even a big child like myself needs some mental stimulation and to act like a grown up from time to time, hence I became a school governor at St Giles Primary Matlock. I get a lot from this role and learning new things everyday.
The best part without a doubt, since being actively involved at St Giles Primary, is the revolution that’s going on right now with the schools exciting and inspiring move to incorporate Outdoor Learning as a major part in the education and development of its pupils. The school grounds we have at St Giles are incredible and diverse, with fields, woodland, pond, stream, conservation area, to name a few, but they have never been developed. Until now! Under the excellent leadership and guidance of the new Head Teacher, Mrs Forster and the support of the governing body and DDAT, St Giles Primary School has a new distinctive and exclusive vision for the overall happiness, well being and motivation of it’s pupils, staff and all stakeholders, by taking full advantage of our natural surroundings. In turn this ethos of creating a happy, safe and exciting learning environment for pupils, coupled with the excellent improvements within school and brilliant teaching can only lead to a great well rounded education for every single child at school
Phase 1 of the Outdoor Learning Project was to develop our on site woodland to create a woodland classroom and nature trail for the pupils. Watch the before and after video of the St giles primary school development
A few parents and children came together over the weekend to take on the task of cutting back all the trees and shrubs, clearing rubbish, creating paths and stores for the children to use in their future lessons. This is only the beginning of something special happening at St Giles Primary School, Matlock, and I for one am really excited about the coming months as this long awaited project becomes a reality, plus who doesn’t love playing in the woods, getting dirty and watching the children enjoy learning!!
If you would like to know more about whats going on or come and take a look around St Giles Primary School and see for yourself what the school has to offer, leave us a message below or contact school on 01629 56813 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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See you on Phase 2 – The Conservation Area!
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