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Kier Group UK help Kilmoyle Primary School Reach New Heights
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Kier Group UK have helped Kilmoyle Primary School reach new heights with the installation of a new outdoor classroom for the local pupils of the school.

The day of the opening was made all that more exciting as they welcomed a helicopter to land in a field beside the school before seeing some of their own school staff being whisked off to see the stunning North Coast from above and have an aerial view of the school and its amazing new outdoor classroom.

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Kier group, and a range of partners came together to give both their time and local supplies to turn an unused part of the school into a fully accessible outdoor learning environment. This project has come at a brilliant time for the school as they have just welcomed 11 Ukrainian refugees into their school community and have found this to be an area that all children have been able to work in and enjoy, regardless of their ability or first language.

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This project couldn’t have happened without the time and support of Kier Group UK and also the kind donations of supplies and services by the following individuals and companies:

– McQuillan Quarries

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– KPM Surfacing

– Cutting edge Helicopters

– Ice-cream Happiness

– Chambers Concrete

– MacBlair

– Smyth’s Home and Hardware

– Ashwood Garden Centre

– John Steel Farm Supplies

– Signs NI

– J P Corry

– Poly Tunnel NI

– William Calvin

Mr J Scott, Principal of Kilmoyle Primary School, has been blown away by the project. He stated, “This has been unbelievable, from initially discussing what the school needed with Philip and then to actually see an unused area at the back of the school being transformed into this wonderful outdoor classroom, for all pupils and teachers to use in the future – this project has completely re-energised the school”

He went on to say, “This project has already been hugely beneficial, for the children in our school. Children love to, and respond well to learning outside. It has been a great place where children can relax and settle when it gets too much for them in the classroom.

“It is an area where children feel really valued and feel they have an important part to play. The P7 children have been able to set up a small enterprise to grow plants and flowers from seeds and to then sell them at the school summer fair. This project has also come at a great time for us as we, as a school, have just welcomed 11 Ukrainian children into our school community.

“This project has been hugely beneficial for them as there is a very big language barrier that we are facing when it comes to classroom work, but they have been able to fully join in to most of the activities that we are able to do in the outdoor classroom as there is less of an issue with language in those particular activities.”

In a time when school budgets are stretched this new installation will be an invaluable addition to the school, which they can’t wait to be able to use to its full potential in the next academic year.

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