Pond Area Update

The pond pergola area is finally finished after weeks of hard work which means the outdoor classroom now has shading and a firm surface. We look forward to utilising this area shortly. A massive thank you needs to go to Tesco and the National Lottery for the funding. A massive thank you also Mr Forsey, Mr Hinder, Mr Bennett, Mrs Champion and Mr  Herdman — they have all given their own time to complete this project. We also need to say thank you to R W Green tree surgeons and Forest Tree Surgeons for providing all the bark chippings that were used for the base of the outside classroom. Over the past three years we have seen the pond area transform into the beautiful space we now have. Our pond still suffers from duck weed but Mr Herdman managed to source a lot of free pond plants so we are hoping this helps create more balance to the water so the children are able to pond dip more easily. Please make sure you vote for us at Tesco in either Hailsham store as the more money we receive the greater our plans are for the next development of both the garden and pond areas next year.

School Pond Relaunch

We celebrated the relaunch of our pond area on 1st December, after a two year long project to renovate the area. Alongside funding from Tesco Groundworks scheme and Southover Manor Trust, children from the school’s Eco group have helped transform the area creating displays, habitats and a bug hotel. The pond itself, a home to rare great crested newts, has had natural plants put in by Pete the Pond, a pond expert with a great crested newt licence, so that the newts are encouraged and all the children can learn about these creatures and all the other wildlife that live in the pond.

Mr Herdman led the project and was successful in achieving the funding. He said, “At Chiddingly Primary School we think learning about the environment is an important aspect of the children’s learning and have used this alongside our successful Eco Warrior and forest school schemes to great effect. The pond area is a great resource for our children who are exceptionally fortunate to be have the opportunity to learn about the incredible array of animals that live in and around our pond.”

Mr Procter said, “The use of pond will continue to develop our outstanding curriculum at Chiddingly and we’d like to thank Mr Herdman and helpers for all their hard work to enable the successful completion of this exciting project.”

 

School Pond

The final phase of the pond project has been completed thanks to the additional £200 provided by Tesco Bags of Help scheme. This extra money has been used to create an outside classroom and a series of informative display boards. The Eco helpers have assisted in putting up the displays in the boards which look amazing. The re-opening of the pond will on Friday 1st December at 1.30pm. If you cannot make this relaunch we will leave the gates open at 3.15pm for you to take a look. Please keep all children supervised at all times if you enter the pond area.