New outdoor classroom for Runcorn Primary school
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Pupils from a primary school in Runcorn are celebrating the opening of their new outdoor classroom.
Funded by Halton Housing Trust’s community programme, Beyond the Garden Gate and Victoria Road Primary School, the outdoor classroom situated at the rear garden of Queens Close has seen a dramatic transformation, with planters kindly donated by contractors Rob Ewan.
Pupils and customers from the Trust’s Queens Close scheme can now use the planters to grow plants and vegetables, which encourages the concept of plant it, grow it, eat it. They will help to promote healthy eating and well-being, and in-turn educating children where their food comes from.
The outdoor classroom will be used by the children and customers throughout the year to enjoy story time and to make arts and crafts.
Michele Murphy Neighbourhood Regeneration Officer at the Trust said: “It’s a really good example of how we as an organisation are working with others in the community creating good project to improve the health and well-being of our customers and the young people in the neighbourhood for years to come.”
School project leader, Stuart Mycroft is delighted with the new classroom: "This is such an exciting development for our school and the community as a whole. We can't wait to take full advantage of the space that is now available to us as we have very exciting plans. Watch this space!"
Customers at Queens Close and Victoria Road Primary School have built up a strong relationship over recent years with the children visiting the scheme for choir singing and using the kitchens to make homemade jam. In order to build on this intergenerational relationship the concept of outdoor classroom was formed.
The outdoor classroom was unveiled on Friday 10th October by special guest MP Derek Twigg.
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