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Green fingered Recarson pupils boosted by lottery fundi

Recarson PS celebrates getting lottery funding for new equipment and a play area with the help of the parents support group. Pictured at the new facilities are Orla Forrest and Emma McFadden, representing the parents support group, school principal, Orla Meenagh, and children from the school.

RECARSON Primary School has received a financial boost to promote its outdoor learning space.

The Arvalee-based school was awarded £9,450 from the Big Lottery Funding through its ‘Awards For All’ application ‘Let’s Get Growing Project’.

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The school is currently undergoing a £475,000 renovation project to create two new classrooms and enhance the building infrastructure. Work is also underway to extend the school hall to a larger, more usable space for indoor PE and after school clubs.

Work is progressing well with the Primary 5 and Primary 7 year groups already in their new classroom, while the multipurpose room is currently being fitted out for use as an ICT suite/library. All work should be completed this month.

This extra boost of £9,450 will help the school start their new gardening project developing outdoor education, ensuring maximum use of the new facilities, while implicitly developing life-long skills.

The money will also be used to purchase new iPads for the school which will be a most welcome resource.

The school’s principal Orla Meenagh said, “Through collaboration with a local gardener and play facilitator, we will integrate practical learning with understanding biodiversity and creative play opportunities for the children and their parents; encouraging them to develop a holistic approach to exploring new experiential learning possibilities. Through this project, grandparents, parents and carers, volunteers and children will have the opportunity to develop a love of being outdoors that will have a lifelong impact.

“The understanding of nature and seasons, nurturing of plants, bulbs and seed, breathing healthy air and embedding the fun and enjoyment that comes out of embracing the outdoors is very important. This will boost emotional health and well-being of everyone involved.”

Visit www.recarsonps.com for up to date information of events and activities at Recarson Primary School.

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