St Mary's Primary School's PTA consists of volunteer parents, teachers and staff. Their aim is to support St Mary's School through raising funds to: provide equipment, help facilitate the benefit, and support the advancement of the children’s education at St Mary's. St Mary's PTA also provides opportunities for the local community to come together through organising social events and providing the chance for families to get to know each other.
After coming across a study carried out Swansea University, showing that people benefit from outdoor learning in all areas of their life, the PTA group came together and decided to fundraise to provide the school with an outdoor classroom. The classroom will be used by pupils to enhance their learning experience, but also by the wider community. A prime example can be seen when looking at the residents of the local nursing home who meet there as part of the school's intergenerational work.
Through the application and Pitch video it was evident that the pupils, parents, teachers and the PTA are committed to the fundraising to turn the idea of an outdoor classroom into a reality.
We were delighted to help part fund this project as the panel felt that it would not only benefit the pupils by providing outdoor learning opportunities, but it would also help the pupils to grow their confidence, improve their wellbeing and provide opportunities for social interaction. St Mary's RC Primary School is increasingly opening its doors to the whole community and this played a big part in the panel’s decision to fund the project.
When the classroom is finished, we will be treated to a virtual tour, guided by some of the pupils that were part of the successful Pitch.