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Pupils create happy farm at Coppice School

group_with_guinea_pigs.jpgCaroline Flint and Hatfield councillor Derek Smith joined pupils at Coppice School to see how they have given new homes to unwanted animals at the school’s growing farm.

Caroline and Derek were given a tour of the school by Deputy Head, Natalie Swearman.  But the highlight of the day was when pupils showed their guests the farm; with a goat, two pigs, chickens and a family of guinea pigs.

Said Caroline: “Everything I saw at Coppice today, with Cllr Derek Smith, showed a school with creative and patient staff, finding new ways to help these pupils understand their world and gain valuable life skills.

“The pupils love the farm, which is run on a shoe-string thanks to constant fundraising by the school.  This past year, staff ran a three peaks challenge to raise thousands to keep the farm in business.

“And with the pupils support, they have happy animals: including pregnant goat; pigs that are gaining weight; a thriving family of guinea pigs and new chicks – a sure sign of happy animals.

group_1.jpg“Coppice School has every reason to be proud; not just because of its Ofsted, but because of the ways its committed staff enrich the lives of these young people, who face challenges every day of their life.”

Cllr Derek Smith said: "As a retired learning disability nurse, I was inspired by both the staff and children and it supported my view that schools like Coppice are an ìmportant part of our  childrens education. Special thanks to the children for not making fun of my very bad Makaton skills."

Caroline Flint joined pupils at Coppice School to see how they have given new homes to unwanted animals at the school’s growing farm.

Caroline was given a tour of the school by Deputy Head, Natalie Swearman.  But the highlight of the day was when pupils showed Caroline their farm; with a goat, two pigs, chickens and a family of guinea pigs.

Deputy Head, Natalie Swearman said: “We teach skills through interesting, meaningful and imaginative ways, which engages our students and enables them to learn. Our approaches are often quite inventive, and this year we have been focusing on building and developing ‘Coppice Farm and Gardens’. Dan Wainman is one of our Teaching Assistants and has been the driving force behind creating the farm. We aim to become an “eco school” that is part of the community, with gardens, allotments, a mini-farm, an outdoor classroom and a café that is open to the public. We are fundraising to further develop this project so that it is an outstanding learning provision for our students. Their families, our staff and local businesses have been extremely supportive of our new venture.”

You can donate to support Coppice Farm at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/coppicefarmgardens?utm_term=QP6WKjr2r

PHOTOS SHOW:  left to right Dan Wainman, James, Mackye, Cllr Derek Smith, Caroline Flint and Brogan with some friendly guinea pigs.

 

 

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