Dressed as a colourful array of ladybirds, butterflies and other bugs, Treloar’s students excitedly gathered to celebrate the final stage of their outdoor classroom: the addition of a brand new dipping pond.
The new feature has been added to the popular Willow Way which already comprises a wigwam, an outdoor classroom and willow tunnels, all connected by raised ramps for wheelchair access. The dipping pond will provide students with the opportunity to enjoy science in action.
The project was kindly made possible by SAP, who not only contributed funds via their Corporate Social Responsibility plan, but put in the hard work too. Last October, a dozen SAP volunteers gathered and spent the day digging the hole to accommodate the pond. It seemed only fitting that the pond was officially opened by Martin Kercher from SAP who championed the project from the initial stage.
“It was such a pleasure to not only fund and work on the pond as a group from SAP but also be invited to attend the opening too. I hope that all the Treloar’s pupils have fun dipping the pond and getting closer to wildlife, and I look forward to seeing how it develops.”
During the opening guests enjoyed a selection of delicious creepy crawlies canapés washed down with a murky pondwater punch (a combination of orange juice and coca cola!) which was kindly provided by the catering team.
Treloar’s science teacher, Mr Acason, also captivated and entertained the crowds of students and special guests as he demonstrated what lives in the pond already - discovering crayfly nymphs, water snails and water fleas. It is hoped that frogs and other creatures will be hopping to their new home soon!
Huge thanks to all involved.