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Our aim at St George's Forest School is to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

Change of Dates for Term 6

Sycamore Class are Starting Their Forest School Journey in Term 6

Taking Turns

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Chocolate Cake Bake Off!

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Our New Stick Throwing Game

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24th May 2017

Hazel children have now completed their Forest School programme.  Lots of excitement with the hammock, camouflage net, our new stick throwing game (the name of this keeps changing) and chocolate cake.  Our sessions are so busy that the groups cannot choose everything that is available to them - decisions, decisions!

 

Thank you Hazel Class for being brilliant, especially at caring for the woodland by doing the busy jobs. I hope that your parents/carers will be pleased with the comments I have made in your summary letters that will be sent home on 5th June.  

 

Best Wishes For the Future,

Mrs Greenaway

Forest School Leader

Hazel's Final Sessions with the Hammock and Chocolate Cake

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Woodland Management Chores

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Building the Hobbit House

Building the Hobbit House 1 Rock'n'Roll and a cuppa won't get the work done!
Building the Hobbit House 2 Watering the cement mix.
Building the Hobbit House 3 The roof is on!!

Mr Pilkington came to visit and practiced using a fire striker! A big thank-you to MVV Environment for the hedging.

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Early Spring 2017

 

A huge thank-you to MVV Environment at Ridham Docks for fully funding our hedgerow which stretches from the car park to the camp.  On 19th April Mr Pilkington is coming to have a look at how well the children have mulched the saplings (or 'stocks' which is the correct name for young hedging) with bark.  The school has bought an extra long hose so that the hedgerow can be watered in dry spells and whilst the tiny roots are becoming established.  At the moment the stocks look like long twigs but in 5 years time we will have a native hedge!  

 

 

 

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St George's Forest School has won

'Best Forest School in Swale 2016'

in the Green School Awards by the KM 

 

I have a long list of  people to whom I would like to say 'Thank You' ...............

  • All the staff at St George's CEP School and those who have supported me by taking phone calls, knitting snoods, drilling and making, washing mud off the Dove Room floor, letting me have a comfort break, funding and making me enter the competition!  (With a special mention to Mr Morgan, our Caretaker.)
  • Steve Merton, our landscape gardener, for his knowledge and flair in developing the site. 
  • The parents for putting up with all the muddy clothes, and,
  • Our wonderful Year 5 children who "really love it".

Mrs A Greenaway

(Level 3 FS Leader)

19th December 2016

 

Christmas Table Decorations Using Natural Materials

 

Today Year 5 were given the opportunity to make table decorations using Cedar, Alder and Holly.  They generously shared their tinsel and I am sure you will agree that the results are stunning!

 

Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone!

 

Mrs Greenaway

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One more session for Hazel Class

Hazel Class will have their last winter session in January - this will be something to look forward to after Christmas!  They have achieved many successes and are gaining confidence with using the hand tools.  There are so many stories to tell and I hope that the children have happy memories.

 

SkillsNet

Some students from SkillsNet visited in November to have a taster of Forest School with their tutor.  We have to say a great big 'thank you' to Jamie Flagherty and his team who have made the fencing.  There is still some way to go but the students were able to see their work in situ.

 

Tree Planting

Steve Merton from Vincent Landscapes helped some of the children plant 60 saplings along the top of the field.  These 60 saplings were donated by The Woodland Trust.  At the moment there is more supporting cane and rabbit guard than sapling, but in 10 years time!!!

 

I hope that you have a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing the children Next Year!

Mrs Greenaway

 

 

 

 

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14th September 2016

 

Hazel Class

I hope that this lovely weather continues into next week for the start of Hazel Class' first sessions at Forest School.  I attach all the paperwork that the children will be bringing home today.  I'm sure that we will all have a brilliant, constructive time.

 

The Woodland

We have a sign for the Woodland Walk and I think that it looks great.  A big thank you to Mr Morgan for all his expertise. 

 

I have never seen the ground so dry.  Because of the dry spell we have lost some of our saplings and only one cyclamen has flowered.  That's nature for you. 

 

Tools

We have been very fortunate in that Phil from Old English Tools in Faversham has donated many hand tools to our Forest School.  It is wonderful that our children will be having the opportunity to use hand tools like the Spoke Plane.  (Sometimes, they think that all tools are electric.)

 

Summer 2016 and Mr Morgan's Woodland Walk Sign!

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Early Summer 2016 When We Won 'The Best FS in Swale' Award!

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Winter 2015/16 When We Planted The Hedge

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December 2015 When We Only Had One Session Inside Due to Severe Weather - We Are Tough!

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October 2015 When the Shed and Tree Trunks Arrived

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September 2015 And Our First Sessions

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