Cleverly adapted tool ensures that pupils aren’t left out
Two pupils at Highgate Hill House School, a co-educational school for children with special educational needs aged 5 to 16 years, near Holsworthy, are enjoying learning new bushcraft skills, thanks to their dedicated instructors.
Based at a special school situated only a short distance from a number of woodland and forestry sites, Practical Skills Instructor Ollie Norton and Forest School Instructor Kim Tester take every opportunity to share their knowledge of bushcraft and survival skills with the pupils.
One such important skill that pupils have been able to develop as a result, is how to safely light a fire using a fire steel and cotton wool. Not wanting to leave anyone out of this experience, Ollie and Kim took it upon themselves to design and make a cleverly adapted fire steel which pupils Jack and Jake were able to use, allowing them to safely light a fire for the first time.
Headteacher Gina Wagland said: “Outdoor learning is an important part of the pupil experience here, particularly given our spectacular location. We are very lucky to have Ollie and Kim who can share with the pupils a wide range of skills, not just bushcraft and survival skills, but practical, woodworking and carpentry skills as well. As a school we strive to give pupils a range of opportunities to experience and learn new things, and our staff consistently go above and beyond to ensure that pupils feel included and part of the school community at all times”.