Bradford Primary School are delightedto announce the new arrival of a Dragonfly Outdoor Learning Shelter, which isin special memory of Sarah Forsyth. Theshelter will also enhance the existing outdoor learning for the children, andsupport the Forest School activities that are planned in the forthcomingmonths.
Caroline Hawking, who has co-ordinatedthe projects said “It has been an enormous pleasure to organise the projects, where I have been absolutely thrilled at the generosity and support which hasbeen given. Funding was received from CommunityGrants Award from Torridge District Council which was supported by CouncillorPhilip Hackett, Councillor Barry Parsons Locality Budget Award, Bradford &Cookbury Parish Council, Friends of Bradford School, Waitrose Green TokenScheme, Fastlane Motors, Tamar Trading and Mole Avon. Tom Hills and Steve Carroll from GreenspaceDesigns Ltd designed and installed these amazing masterpieces, and FOBSCommittee and parents prepared the ground surface, laying the Astro and pavingslabs from the playground. The childrencan use the Dragonfly Shelter all the year around for educational outdoor lessonsand for a place to sit or play during break times”.
Tracey Lucas, Chairman of FOBS said“We are delighted with our new learning facility which is beautifully craftedfrom natural materials and is positioned next to our wildlife and forest schoolarea. The Dragonfly is very versatile and is used for education of thechildren, but also is a fun area to socialise at break times”.
Anne Bunning, SENCO for theFederation said “The children and staff of Bradford School are delighted withthe Dragonfly Shelter which was officially opened and dedicated to SarahForsyth on Thursday 4th May. It is a tremendous pleasure to see children enjoying the space and itwill support our outdoor learning throughout the year. We feel very lucky tohave such a dedicated group of parents working together to support our school”.
Councillor Barry Parsons said “It isa real privilege to be asked to support the School in its very significant endeavours towards the health and well-being and education of our youngchildren in an age when we are all being asked to do more with less the effortsof staff, parents and friends of Bradford Primary School have resulted insuperb additional facilities for the children for which I’m sure will beenjoyed by many for a long period of time”
On Thursday 4th May 2017,Bradford Preschool held an official opening of the “Look out Tree” memorialdedicated to our late Chairperson, Sarah Forsyth. A spokesperson from the Pre-school said “wehope that the children will have lots of fun crawling up the tunnel and peepingout of the spy holes!”
Councillor Philip Hackett said forthe two Dragonfly Projects “This is a wonderful memorial and a fitting tributeto a mother of two young children as she was so passionately involved inwildlife. I am sure that this shelter and the lookout will be a focal point inthe schools and will live long in memories of pupils for years to come. I amdelighted to have been able to help and support this project”.
Sarah’s partnerMark Elliott added “Sarah was a massive fan of dragonflies and loved showingthe children the wildlife in our garden pond. These stunning pieces of work arethe perfect way for her memory to live on, and inspire not only our children,but lots of others at the school and pre-school over the coming years. Hopefully the children at Bradford School will remember lots of interestingthings if they are sitting on the wings of a dragonfly!”