Treviglas Students ‘get outdoors’ to boost learning and employability skills

Monday 17th July 2017

Students in Years 7 and 8 at Treviglas Community College have been learning in the great outdoors and developing essential skills this term. Working enthusiastically with community partners in sustainability from Newquay Community Orchard and Newquay Zoo, the students have been enhancing their teamworking skills and resilience.

A team of dedicated Year 7 students have been working in the Treviglas Nature Garden this academic year. Working towards the nationally accredited John Muir Conservation Award, these enthusiastic students have been learning about how to care for wild spaces while also enjoying the green space! The group have been foraging for food in the wild; cooking and eating it too. They have relished in the peaceful garden space at times; enjoying the silence (apart from the birds). They have also joined in resilience challenges to take them out of physical and mental comfort zones.

Lianne Milis, teacher of science at Treviglas, has joined the students in the garden. ‘We have watched it change on a weekly basis and the students get excited to see what’s different every time we visit!’

The students only have one complaint about their Nature Garden learning. They wish they could be there more often!

Elsewhere, at Newquay Zoo, Treviglas students have been getting stuck in to the mud and are working on the construction of a ‘secret garden’ wildlife site. Newquay Zoo are going to use this area as an example to promote and support the conservation of native British wildlife. The students have been taking part in zoology workshops and have had behind the scenes access to Newquay Zoo during the project. Pippa Connolly, lead zoo keeper and education worker, hopes that the students will create an environment for others in the community to model.

The students, who are wholeheartedly involved (despite the mud!) share a keen interest in conservation and zoology and have hopes of keeping ongoing links with the zoo when the conservation project is complete. They are leading themselves in an exemplary fashion as a team. Collaboration and communication have been vital to the success of their conservation work so far.

Freddy, in Year 8, says that ‘the work at the zoo has been excellent fun’ while Hannah in Year 7, loves the ‘muddy fun’ that they are having every Tuesday afternoon after college. She added that ‘getting to see the animals was a great bonus’.

Keith Lewis, Geography teacher and Sustainability Lead at Treviglas, praises the ‘initiative and enthusiasm that the students are demonstrating through this community work’. He added that ‘students are organising themselves and taking their ecological tasks seriously, which is great to see.’

Vanessa Maule, Assistant Headteacher congratulates all of the key stage three students and the accompanying staff on their ‘commitment to improving and conserving outdoor spaces’. She has said that the college remain ‘very proud’ of the ‘community spirit’ shown with ‘such happy and wonderfully muddy faces!’

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