Saint David’s Parish School makes excellent use of its foothills environment and facilities to offer its comprehensive programs and to deliver a rich curriculum.
Our facilities include:
While there is a huge amount of research that supports the benefits that daily contact with nature has on children, we can see examples of this each and every day as our students engage in our Nature Play Space.
Our Nature Play Space has a rocky creek bed leading to a fish pond, lots of natural elements such as logs, rocks and trees for climbing on and around, a mud play area for making marvelous creations and some tunnels to explore.
Whether it is observing the cause and effect of their actions when they divert water in the creek bed or experimenting with the best way to construct a bridge or it may be investigating the birds and insects that inhabit the area, the positive learning outcomes are clearly evident. The space is a great place for students to learn problem-solving, valuable social skills such as communication and teamwork as well as gaining a deeper appreciation and respect for nature and the environment.
One of the greatest benefits that we have seen through the Nature Play Space installation is the positive impact on mood, general feelings of happiness and reduction in stress among our students.