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St Clement's special school in Dingwall steps up efforts to improve outdoor Covid-safe outdoor play for pupils


By Hector MacKenzie

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Staff have managed to rally the community around efforts to improve outdoor play for children at St Clement's School in Dingwall.
Staff have managed to rally the community around efforts to improve outdoor play for children at St Clement's School in Dingwall.

A SPECIAL school in Dingwall has smashed its target for a project aiming to help vulnerable children to safely enjoy outdoor space.

St Clement's has changed the way it makes use of its outdoor areas due to Covid-19, creating a "bubble" to avoid unnecessary contact with others.

The school said children have adapted remarkably well but as a result have reduced access within its grounds. Its ‘Blue Bubble’ playground project aims to create a stimulating, multi-sensory outdoor play area for the children to enjoy.

Despite an initial £300 target, almost £2000 has been raised to date. Staff and community activists have got involved in the effort.

The "Blue bubble" staff posted: "Outdoor play is essential to learning and development. It supports physical and mental wellbeing whilst developing both confidence and social skills. Having special educational needs we understand that the children require versatility of spaces, access to sensory learning and flexibility in how they learn. With your help we are looking to raise funds to create a stimulating, multi-sensory outdoor play area for the children to enjoy."

Staff) are planning a walk up Ben Wyvis in smaller groups in accordance with government guidelines on socialising outdoors.

Covid-19 restrictions will also have implications on when they can do it but May is being pencilled in.

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