St Bride's Primary School is in Govanhill, in the south side of Glasgow. It is an ethnically diverse area, with approximately 40% of residence being ethnic minority. It is often referred to as a ‘melting pot’ of cultures and faith groups. A recent survey by the Govanhill Housing Association found that there were people from 52 different countries, speaking 32 different languages across only 13 of Govanhill’s tenement blocks. In addition to this, Govanhill contains datazones among the 5% most deprived in Scotland according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
These factors combined with poverty, racism, poor English skills, cultural and faith differences, social isolation, complex family dynamics and a lack of understanding of how things work in the UK, make life difficult for many.
Our Primary 7 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a 4 day Outdoor Learning experience, now more than ever we recognise that there is a substantial base of national and international evidence about the benefits of taking learning outdoors. The impact of outdoor learning on children and young people’s health and wellbeing, wider achievements, attainment and personal development is often recognised by practitioners.
The progressive outdoor education programme being offered to our young people is based around the core development pillars of Behaviour, Effort, Responsibility and Team Work, in essence, life skills. The 4 day experience is a blend of outdoor learning at school, in the local area and at Blairvadach Outdoor Education Centre.
The cost of the experience is £90 per pupil which, for many of our families, is out of reach. A large number of our families live in SIMD 1 and 2, areas of the highest deprivation. We are creating this fundraising page to see if we can raise the funds needed to allow all of our Primary 7 pupils the opportunity to take part in what is often a life changing experience. We believe that all young people should have the chance to take part in such an experience, particularly in their final year of primary school.
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