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.”