School’s cash boost for outdoor classroom
Outdoor class boost
Calderwood Primary have landed a cash boost for their new outdoor classroom.
The Reformer told earlier this year how the school was one of the final 63 entrants out of 2000 in the Jewson’s Building a Better Community Award.
Calderwood hoped to put any cash they earned towards the development of an outdoor classroom that would contain a amphitheatre, mini-beast area, a renewable energy station and wildlife thicket.
Last month the school found out they were one of just 14 projects awarded £1,000.
Head teacher Lisa Quinn said: “Half of the decision was down to the public vote, and we got the highest amount of votes in Scotland.
“The other half was up to the judges - I couldn’t make the announcement, which was in Birmingham, but one of our parents, Suzanne Stevenson, went along as she’s involved with the garden sub-group on the parent’s council.
“We were awarded £1,000 and we’re obviously delighted with that, as it’ll be a big help in building the outdoor classroom.
“We were the only school to receive an award, which we were quite proud of.
“We’ve been doing a huge amount of fundraising for it, but we know it’s an ongoing project that will take two to three years to complete.The past couple of years were spent consulting the children on what they want from the garden, and looking at what can be brought in for it.
“The parents have been working tirelessly and I want to say a special thanks to the garden sub-group for their continued support and for driving the project along.”
The Bu i l d i n g B e t t e r Communities competition by Jewson is a bid to help community projects.
Different class Calderwood’s outdoor classroom has been given a cash boost