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Ashill forest school goes from strength to strength Posted on: 12/05/2021

Ashill forest school goes from strength to strength

Ashill forest school goes from strength to strength Ashill Primary School (which is part of The Redstart Learning Partnership), plans to develop their forest school, led by Kelly Napper and Pamela Mount.  Both Kelly and Pam are training to be fully qualified forest school leaders and both are well on their way to achieve this goal. The forest school site has been significantly improved and developed.  Pam and Kelly were pleased to offer full day sessions over the Easter holidays and forest school is now offered as a regular part of the school day. The uptake of the sessions by the Ashill children have been amazing and they were extremely pleased and excited to have SOLD OUT during each session! Both Kelly and Pam were thrilled with the success of the sessions: Pam said: “All the children and adults had a fabulous time learning new skills and creating items from natural resources with one child saying ‘I want to start the day again’. We have been amazed by the wonderful behaviour of all of the children and their enthusiasm and friendship. The children enjoyed getting mucky, the muddier the better for some”. Ashill’s forest school also allows the children to cover a wide range of other activities such as using tools and hammers, building bug hotels, making weaving frames from scratch, learning how to tie knots, nail art and clay printing hedgehogs. Kelly and Pam have recently attended their second assessment day which included setting up camp, slack line walking, tool maintenance, pewter smelting, playing games, and cooking a 3 course meal on the fire and both have passed their tool safety assessment as well!  They cannot wait to share these skills with the children. Due to the continued success Pam and Kelly will be offering sessions over the summer holidays. A spoke person for The Redstart Learning Partnership said: “We are absolutely delighted to see and hear all about the fantastic forest school developments at Ashill. It is such a wonderful opportunity for the children to get out doors for some inspirational learning and opportunities for holistic growth.  Allowing the children to play, explore and take risks develops their confidence and self- esteem through hands-on, learner inspired experiences in a natural setting.  We are also delighted that Ashill is able to continue to offer this provision over the summer holidays and we offer our deepest thanks to the staff for their time and efforts.”Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Minerva Primary receives donated laptops Posted on: 2/03/2021

Minerva Primary receives donated laptops

Locally donated business laptops, refurbished by local IT Volunteers group are greatly received by Minerva Primary Viridor Waste Management, whose HQ is based in Taunton, is excited to be working with SCHol.Tech’s volunteer technicians, to recycle 25 of its laptops to distribute to children from Minerva Primary School during the recent lockdown.  Championed by Viridor’s Head of IT Operation Andy Porter and IT Project Manager Jack Broughton, these laptops, which were earmarked for disposal due to a company upgrade, were given to SCHol.Tech, a brand-new community focussed volunteer-led company operating in Taunton, Wellington and Bridgwater.  SCHol.Tech’s 23-strong volunteer group of IT Technicians, drivers and administrators work to refurbish the machines with Windows 10 and fresh memory units. Viridor’s Andy and Jack said: “We release the machines to SCHol.Tech once all company information has been deleted.  Partnering with this great team means the laptops have the right software installed and that they reach the families that need them most.” Steve, Head of School of Minerva School was buoyant in response to this offer; “While we have received laptops under the Government scheme to support children who are learning at home, this is a short-term solution.  The chance for some families to have a laptop at home on a permanent basis is very welcome and we are grateful that a locally based company chose to identify Minerva and its community as a focus for this support.” Click the link below to hear the BBC Somerset interview:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p096ggfj      Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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