School’s cash boost for out­door class­room

Out­door class boost

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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