Highfields School, Newark has been awarded a GOLD award by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including tree conservation and education. The Green Tree Schools initiative, which has seen over 7000 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008, offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom. Schools win awards for participating in green activities, which include tree planting, reducing carbon emissions and recycling.
Here at Highfields we are proud to say we have made “Tree Ambassadors” of our pupils, who have enjoyed learning the names of and identifying trees, tree orienteering, blindfold tree trails, leaf and bark rubbings, making collages and den building in our Forest Schools garden.
Mrs Saunders, our Foundation Stage teacher and Forest Schools leader, says, “The children have been learning about trees and discovering their many benefits to us, to wildlife and to the world as a whole. They have made up plays and poms to tell other young people why it is so important to look after trees..”
Well done to everyone at Highfields for this truly deserved wooden plaque acknowledging our Gold award.