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Outside classroom unveiled for East Wittering schoolchildren

Pupils at East Wittering School enjoying their new play area, watched by teachers and members of the Woodger Trust who helped provide part of the funding for the project. Picture by Kate Shemilt

Pupils at East Wittering School enjoying their new play area, watched by teachers and members of the Woodger Trust who helped provide part of the funding for the project. Picture by Kate Shemilt

STUDENTS at East Wittering Primary School will benefit from a new classroom – outside.

The new classroom includes covered areas for year-round use, safety surfacing which allows water to pass through, made from recycled car tyres, and an artificial grass surface which will remain accessible through the seasons.

The children also have a raised-bed planting area where they will be able to grow vegetables, which will help increase their understanding of the importance of healthy eating.

The beds were tended by parents, pupils, staff and other volunteers and the first crops are expected soon.

The school is now also home to a new hotel, The Beastie Hotel, offering cabin-style accommodation to the local insect life.

The school hopes children’s awareness and understanding of the natural environment, eco-systems, habitats, plant and insect life will be greatly improved, and they will learn the importance of the need to look after the environment.

A donation from the Woodger Trust funded the project, and the school thanked the charity, as well as the Friends of East Wittering School and the children at the school who held their own fundraising events.

 

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