More than 160 children from 8 schools have dived into learning about the Blackwater River at Parkanaur Forest in a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The children, aged between 9 and 12, came together to celebrate their completion of a river study which took place over 4 weeks in the classroom and out at the river itself in Parkanaur Forest park.
The project, part of the Blackwater Regional Partnership’s schools education programme, was developed around key areas of the primary curriculum, including maths, science, history, creative writing and the worlds around us.
Helping to mark the children’s achievement was Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Linda Dillon, who said:
“You couldn’t be in a better place than Parkanaur Forest to appreciate the history, heritage and landscape that makes this Blackwater region so unique. The children very clearly enjoyed the whole experience and benefited enormously from learning about the special environment that they have right here on their doorsteps”.
Councillor David Maxwell, Chair of the Blackwater Regional Partnership, stated:
“The Blackwater Regional Partnership would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for their financial support for the programme. We plan to help schools use the rich heritage of the Blackwater Region to enrich the education of local children and allow them to value and appreciate the wonderful place they live”.
Eamon McClean said:
“This project has been a huge success. Children from 8 primary schools located in the Blackwater Catchment area came together to take part in a shared project which gave them the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of the Blackwater river. We were delighted to be part of a project which enhances learning through practical activities in an outdoor setting and promotes good relations between schools in the process.”
The eight participating schools were:
Blessed Patrick O’Loughran PS and Walker Memorial PS, Castlecaulfield, Moy Regional PS and St John’s PS, Moy, Our Lady’s PS, Tullysaran and Drumsallen PS, the Billis NS, Glaslough and St John’s PS, Middletown.
Anyone who would like to know more about the work of the Blackwater Regional Partnership should contact Chris McCarney at 077 8824 9517.