Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Janet Mote has officially opened a new forest school at Avanti House Primary School in Stanmore.
The project was sponsored by school parents Sam and Rajvi Patel to offer children the freedom to explore, play and learn in the open fresh air, which is widely recognised as having huge benefits for children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Speaking at the event, the school principal, Mrs Joshi said: “The pupils at Avanti House Primary School were delighted to celebrate the opening of our new forest school area in the presence of the Mayor of Harrow. One child in Year 3 said “I will never forget this day! The important lady (Mayor of Harrow) was with us and the forest is so magical and peaceful.”
“It was a memorable event for all of our pupils and teachers, The circle of stump seats is a perfect environment for storytelling, PSHE circle time and meditation which is an integral part of our daily life as a Hindu faith school.” She added.
Cllr Janet Mote, the Mayor of Harrow said: “I was delighted to open the Forest School at the Avanti House School with my Mayoress, it is amazing and will help and extend the children’s learning. Having taught at the previous school on the site Peterborough & St Margaret’s, I was thrilled to see how the Avanti School has flourished on the site with love and respect for all.”
The opening was also attended by a representative of Iskcon Temple, Vaisnava Das.
Sam Patel said: “We decided to sponsor and help build this project to give young children the opportunity to have hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment surrounded by trees and open space.”