Headteacher, Jason Anderson, reinforced the need for children to be given the space to learn after a period of such disruption.
‘The pandemic and lockdowns have had a huge impact on our children,’ he commented. ‘We’re now providing a range of spaces for children to learn in where they feel safe, happy and can readjust. The new outdoor teaching space is an amazing opportunity for them to have their own special sanctuary and benefit from the special connection between nature and education.
‘It’s also important for us to shape future generations’ attitudes to service and charity and to show the impact those values can make. Highwood has demonstrated that explicitly through its very generous donation – the message that gives is invaluable.’
Romsey’s Abbey Ward Town Councillor, Nik Daas, was invited to cut the ribbon anddeclared the superb new teaching facility open.
‘It’s a wonderful space that will deliver huge benefits for the school,’ said Cllr. Daas. ‘It will bring the children closer to nature and support them with their learning after these difficult years. Spruce Class will enable them to get out of the classroom and learn in a new, inspiring way and I’m sure they’ll make full use of it.
‘Thanks to Highwood and Romsey Primary School, this fantastic project will be a huge asset to the children of Romsey.’
The generosity of local businesses also saw Hillier Garden Centre gift the children a fantastic selection of seeds and gardening equipment and they wasted no time in potting an array of flowers and vegetables as soon as the new classroom was declared open.