We are continually developing our school grounds to make it an interesting and educational place to learn in. We also want it to be a place for our pupils to play safely and relax in. Many of the activities we have undertaken will go towards achieving our Green Flag Award and we are very keen to achieve this award in the near future. Our school gardening club, run by a team of very enthusiastic and hard-working parents have largely been responsible for the recent improvements to our grounds.
Our ‘Jubilee Garden’ was designed and created as a sensory garden, to mark The Queen’s 60 years on the throne. The backdrop trellis work was made and erected by a local firm in Castle Douglas. We held an opening ceremony and 2 members of the community council did the honours and cut the ribbon.
We have an ‘outdoor classroom’ area in our grounds which is used for both educational and recreational activities. This area is at the far end of our school grounds and provides shelter from the rain as well as shade from the sun. The whole process from site choice, pricing and design, involved the children and the end result was the building you see in the picture. This was erected by a local contractor who is a parent of a current pupil.
A greenhouse constructed from plastic bottles was completed last year.This involved the community re-cycling their empty bottles at designated points around the village, ready for collection by the children. We enlisted the help of the technical department from our local secondary school in Castle Douglas. A member of staff along with two 5th year pupils came and worked with our senior pupils over the course of a few weeks. The greenhouse is now in use by the school gardening club and so far has survived several storms over the winter.
Other activities in our grounds include the installation of a recycled water butt, a clothes recycling collection point, vegetable plot and willow features. The willow ‘creatures’ were planted by Trevor Leat, a local willow worker, helped by the children. These 2 constructions provide playtime fun and are also a source of shade in the grounds. We have also planted several young saplings around our boundary.