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The staff that work for the school, which was founded in 1844 and has around 80 children, had dreamed of having a canopy installed at their school inMorwenstow, Cornwall, so they were delighted when the Diocese of Truro offered to help with their projoject and turned their dream into a reality.

Morwenstow based primary school, StMark’s C of E have just enhanced their facilities with a new covered outdoor learning area so their pupils can gain access to the outdoors whatever the weather, allowing them to benefit from the sensory learning opportunities that the outdoors has to offer.

Carol Nesham, the schools’ Head Teacher has worked for the school for 11 years and had this to say: “We wanted a canopy installed to improve access to the outside for our Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils. They are supposed to be able to play outside often and that area is very exposed, as well as battered by North Cornish rain. Thanks to our new covered outdoor learning area, our children have been enjoying a wealth of activities such as role play, (currently a café), learning activities such as phonics and number work, free play, sand and water and much more.”

The canopy which was supplied and installed by Able Canopies Ltd. provides protection from all

weather conditions, Carol continues: “The canopy has changed the whole view of the building and brought it into the 21st Century (it is on the oldest part of the school). It looks modern and welcoming. The service was excellent - it was installed during school time but with minimal disruption and no mess.”

The children also love their new canopy and the play and learning opportunities it provides. Elsie in the Receptio with the cars under “It’s nice, I like that

Year 2 said “It looks nice”.

Staff members have also commented on how the new area has added to their teaching experience: “It’s the fact that you can use it all weather, it’s fantastic.We have much more access to the outdoors now we have our new canopy. The children love being under it in the fresh air whatever the weather, it’s made a real difference”. – Staff

it keeps us dry” while Freya in it” and Lottie in year 1 told us n class said, “I like to play

Curious Minds wins national award for work with children and young people

Cultural education charity, CuriousMinds, has received a prestigious national award for its work to improve the lives of children and young people across the NorthWest of England, by increasing opportunities for their active participation in arts and culture.

The Children & Young People Now Awards are the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. They recognise and showcase learning, dedication, innovation and best practice across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Chief Executive, Derri Burdon, together with

members of the CuriousMinds team, were present to receive the Arts & Culture Award, at a glittering awards ceremony on 22nd November at The Royal Lancaster, London. Commenting on the achievement, Derri said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this award on behalf of the whole team at CuriousMinds – all of whom work tremendously hard on a daily basis to improve opportunities and outcomes for young people.

Despite the difficult climate, CuriousMinds continues to broker innovative partnerships and programmes that connect thousands of children

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to life affirming cultural and experiences. This award recognises the dedication of all the teachers and parents, schools and governors, cultural organisations and artists, children and young people who are choosing to work with us as champions for art and culture.”


Southbank Centre’’s Imagine Children’’s Festival returns Southbank Centre’s

Southbank Centre’s annual multi-arts Imagine Children’s Festival returns for its seventeenth year from 7-18 February 2018, with twelve days of jam-packed fun over half-term week for children and their families.With storytelling at its heart, this year’s programme includes a specially curated Royal Festival Hall event celebrating the world’s leaders and pioneers who have changed the

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world, to inspire the next generation of young changemakers.

The twelve-day festival includes inspiring and playful events and activities from Supe parties, magical immersive adventures friendships to dancing scientists with fl

atulence. and snail r Hero

With over fifty per cent of the programme free, Imagine Children’s Festival has something for all ages, with leaders from the world of theatre, literature, music, dance and visual arts, including Caroline Bowditch, CBBC’s Ben Shires & Cerrie Burnell, Charlotte Cotterill, Radio 1’s Chris Smith & Greg James, Francesca Simon, Harry JacquelineWilson, James Campbell, Je

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Joseph Coelho,Mitch Johnson, PatrickMonahan, Robin Stevens, Yuval Zommer and many more. The Kids Takeover also returns for another year, giving children the chance to take the reins, managing the day-to-day of the festival, from selling programmes, checking tickets to making intercom announcements. This year the Kids

s Festival returns

Takeover will be partnering with local young carers groups, offering activities to children who look after a sick or disabled relative.

Tickets for the festival go on sale to Southbank Centre members on Tuesday 28 November and general public saleWednesday 30 November (unless stated otherwise in listings).

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