NEWS 300 “Forest Bags” available for families

Children and families across five local authority areas in central Scotland are set to benefit from 300 Forestry Commission Scotland Forest Family Bags, which will enable families to borrow a rucksack full of advice, ideas, resources and fun activities to support and

encourage safe outdoor play in the woodlands. Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Edinburgh nurseries who have completed Forestry Commission

Scotland’s Forest Kindergarten training and are actively following the Forest Kindergarten programme will receive their bags by the end of March 2018.

The rucksacks include advice and information for families while visiting their local woodland area, as well as tools to support outdoor play including tarpaulin, pegs and a sitting mat. The bags also enable children to explore using their senses and imagination, through a r ange of fun activities, including activity sheets, a story book, finger puppet, binoculars, bug viewer and magnifying glass.

Marian Cairns, forest kindergarten officer at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “Forestry Commission Scotland is committed to extending the responsible use of woodlands and green spaces. These forest family bags support children in enjoying their local woods alongside their parents. The content s of the

300 “Forest Bags” available for families

bags support understanding, learning and enjoyment. This initiative builds upon our existing training for nursery staff and enhances the benefits of learning in woodlands. ”

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Pupils help celebrate official handover of new Crawley Schoolfficial handover of newCrawley School Pupils help celebrate off

A ribbon cutting ceremony has been held to officially mark the opening of a new school in Crawley which is being hailed as a ‘vibrant hub’ for children in the local community.

Housebuilders Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey started building a new community of 1,900 homes at ForgeWood in 2015. The school has been provided as part of a Section 106 Planning agreement, withMi-space, part of the Midas Group, appointed to construct the new educational premises in January of this year. Part of the school opened in September for pupils in Reception and Year 1. Further work was carried out on the remaining classrooms with the school fully up and running after the October half-term. ForgeWood will become an all- through primary school in 2022.

Jo Newton, executive head teacher at Forge

Wood School, said: “Establishing a new school within a new and growing community provides a unique experience for everyone involved.We aimed to combine both the old and new, respecting the local history and natural

environment of the area whilst being ambitious and modern in our vision for a new school.We a re all delighted with the result.”

Richard Burrett,West Sussex County Council CabinetMember for Education and Skills, who is also the local County Councillor for the Pound Hill Division, which includes the ForgeWood

neighbourhood, said: “I’m delighted to see Forge Wood Primary School completed. I'm sure the pupils will love the state-of-the-art building and the excellent facilities will help all of th reach their potential.”

ForgeWood is one of the latest add StMarysSt Mary’’’s annua GCSEAw rd s annual GCSE Al

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Awards Evening celebrates excellent rwards Even ing celebrates excellent resultsresults 2017. Overall 92%of GCSEs were graded at C or

four, or above with 90%of the 41 StMary’s candidates achieving a minimum of five passes at A* to C, or grade four and above, including Mathematics and English. There was a 100% pass rate in 13 subj

Form College – were presented with their GCSE certificates as well as prizes for excellence in specific subjects by guest of honour, former St Mary’s student Louise-JaneWatts, now an Economist for HMRC.

bjects – Art, Biology, Chemistry,

Dutch, German, ICT,Music, Photography, Physics, Religious Studies, Spanish, Statistics and Textiles. Performance at GCSE has been consistently high at StMary’s for the past six years, which is particularly impressive given the fact that the school is non-selective on entry.

Students who took their GCSEs at StMary’s School, Colchester, in the summer of 2017 returned to the school for a special Awards Presentation Evening on 17 November.

StMary’s students received excellent results in 6 www

At the school’s GCSE Awards Evening, last year’s Year 11 students – now in the sixth forms of a variety of schools and colleges including olchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester ounty High School for Girls and Colchester Sixth

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the growing GLF group, which runs more than 20 schools across Surrey, Sussex,Middlesex, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, based on a collaborative management approach.

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