Bush Playground- our next Learning Environment ( the 5th teacher).
The Phase One of our Bush Playground is nearly ready!!
So exciting! The team have developed the outside track, internal trails, and several small glades where the children can play fairy gardens or sit and ponder the quiet. The trails have been built by removing ONLY the lantana which has grown over time on the edges of the space.
This has been in the planning, discussing and organizing for the past 18 months. (there are children at McAuley Catholic College who will be most disappointed that they are not here to see Phase 1.)
The history of the project is -
In 2019 Miss Dawson travelled to Tasmania to look at best practice in Early Learning with the Lismore CSO. While there she looked at inspiring Outdoor Learning Centres and schools who embraced bush playgrounds. It is very easy for playgrounds to look sterile and tidy without offering the children opportunities to engage in imaginative play and manipulate their environment to support their play. Upon return to school the planning for the 5th teacher (the environment) began in earnest! These areas will also become spaces accessed for learning activities by all stages. The research on schools providing outdoor places for learning, inquiry and investigation is strong and with community support we are on the way.
The bush playground includes a simple bike track (waiting for the rain to harden the track) was a suggestion from staff that was embraced by the students when the consultation took place. (More to come but we are finally there!