A very busy time for Achaleven young­sters

The Oban Times - - News -

ACHALEVEN Pri­mary School pupils have packed a full pro­gramme into a short space of time.

Start­ing with tag rugby last Mon­day June 12, pupils worked well to­gether to achieve great re­sults.

Pupils then planned a trip to Glen Nant for Wed­nes­day. This in­volved cre­at­ing a risk assess­ment. Pupils had to think about what would be ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing and footwear.

One pupil said: ‘We learned how to stay safe in an open space and dis­cov­ered a great deal about the flora and fauna in a new area not too far from home. We can now take our families back here in the hol­i­days.

‘Thurs­day was beach clean day and we worked with Janie Steele from the Grab Trust to clean up an area of the beach across from the Oys­ter Inn, which we are adopt­ing.

‘The first thing we had to do was mea­sure 100 me­tres for our sur­vey­ing area. We used vary­ing lengths of rope to do this and used mark­ers to des­ig­nate the area. We started at the pic­nic spot be­cause, al­though this isn’t the beach, the rub­bish here could eas­ily blow into the sea and harm sea crea­tures. We found a va­ri­ety of things, from a dis­pos­able bar­be­cue to nap­pies and on the beach there was a lot of plas­tic was stuck in the rocks.

‘Janie ex­plained that this breaks up and then washes into the sea and tur­tles and other crea­tures think they are jel­ly­fish and eat them, do­ing im­mense dam­age.

‘ We took our haul back to school af­ter lunch and put it all into cat­e­gories and logged the in­for­ma­tion on our sur­vey.

‘ We fin­ished the week in style with our den day in aid of Save the Chil­dren. We love build­ing dens in our gar­den al­though the weather wasn’t as kind so we built them in­side this time.

‘Team­work, prob­lem-solv­ing and ac­ces­soris­ing were the or­der of the day as new struc­tures popped up around the school. We also learned about how lucky we are to have a safe place to live and how some chil­dren and families are not as for­tu­nate.

‘ We had a fan­tas­tic week, learned a lot and dis­cov­ered it feels great to help oth­ers.’

Tag rugby was great fun as well as a good phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

The beach clean was ed­u­ca­tional as well as good for the en­vi­ron­ment.

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