The S1 and S2 pupils at Sgoil nan Loch have been working hard this year on a joint project to improve the school environment.
The project has encouraged pupils to identify areas around the school in need of improvement and to plan how to make these improvements. Pupils have worked as a team, analysing each other’s strengths and needs, sharing responsibilities and assessing each other’s performance It is anticipated that this level of involvement in the decision making and building of the project will create a sense of ownership amongst the pupils.
A group of the pupils are pictured here in the sensory garden, which they have created outside the school canteen. They have worked hard to make sure that the garden is accessible to all pupils, by widening the paths and by providing waist high planting beds. Daffodils were picked and sold in spring, in order to raise money for the project. A solar powered water feature was bought out of the proceeds.
Other features in the garden include wind chimes, a wooden windmill and a wooden train. The garden is available for use by the whole school.
The pupils’ work was recorded weekly, using diaries and photographs. It has been submitted for consideration by the Dynamic Youth Scotland Award Scheme, which recognises the achievements of young people aged 10 to 14 years old. It is anticipated that pupils will receive awards accredited through the scheme.