Parent power provides new pond

Pictured on Thursday are pupils and parents from Ferryden Primary School at their recently refubished pond  at the school.
Pictured on Thursday are pupils and parents from Ferryden Primary School at their recently refubished pond at the school.

A GROUP of Ferryden parents has breathed new life into an area of their primary school’s grounds to create an outdoor classroom.

Over the summer holidays a team of volunteers worked tirelessly to restore the school’s pond as well as providing new landscaping, an outdoor seating area, beds for planting and a poly-tunnel for propagating plants.

Their efforts were also backed up by a number of local businesses which helped supply materials for what headteacher Jim Houston said was a true community project.

Mr Houston said the pond had been a feature of the school grounds when the building was first opened although over the years gradually fell out of use.

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He said: “It’s absolutely terrific and has brought a whole area of the grounds back into use.

“It will be used by classes throughout the entire school, from nursery to primary seven.”

Mr Houston added that the facility will offer a year-round resource which will help the school to meet many criteria contained in the new Curriculum for Excellence.

He said: “It will help cover the curriculum in terms of social outcomes, maths, growing things, exploring and wildlife, which will appear eventually. All these areas contributed to the broader curriculum that we do.”

The area was completed in time for the pupils’ return at the start of the new term and is already proving popular.

Mr Houston said: “We’re already using it and are really pleased it has happened. Everyone mucked in and local businesses supplied materials at either reduced cost or free delivery which makes such a difference.

“Ferryden doesn’t have an open area as such because we’re surrounded by houses but this helps us to make sue of what area we do have.”