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Students join forces with local community on conservation project

@thehartschool Students in Cannock Chase volunteered to help their local community by getting hands-on to support a project with conservation at its heart.

Pupils from Years 7 and 9 at The Hart School in Rugeley took part in a community volunteering day as part of an initiative to raise awareness of the great conservation work ongoing at Ravenhill Park in Brereton.

The event saw students team up with businesses, community groups and residents to create a woodland walk for a Forest School for youngsters to enjoy during the summer holidays.

Forest school to benefit community

The pupils helped create a fairy garden, including fairy river, fairy doors and windows, made flowers using recycled bottle tops and bug fencing, as well as painted park benches for the walk, which will be made available for local community to use after the forest school ends.

Principal Rachael Sandham said: “Our vision at the Hart School is ‘We Can, We Will, We Do”, and together we work to our core values of happy, ambitious, resilient and tolerant. 

“This personal growth empowers each student to be the very best they can be, attaining the highest possible academic standards as happy, well-rounded young people ready to make a positive contribution to our community locally and globally.”

Being at the heart of the community incredibly important – The Hart School Principal

Miss Sandham added: “Being at the heart of our community is something that’s incredibly important to us and we’re proud to have forged strong links with primary schools, residents, organisations, groups and businesses across our catchment and beyond.

“Volunteering contributes to creating a healthy, happy community which is why we believe taking part in events like this are important. The pupils learnt new skills during the day and conducted themselves impeccably as we knew they would.”

The Hart School is rated Good by Ofsted, is part of Creative Education Trust and has a Sixth Form in Penkridge Bank Road, Rugeley.

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