Cabinet Secretary visits John Muir Explorer Award group

On Thursday 5th June, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, joined local councillors, and community co

On Thursday 5th June, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, joined local councillors, and community council leaders in celebrating the success of Donibristle Primary School P7 pupils on their completion of the John Muir Award.

Mr Mike Russell with Donibristle PS pupilsAfter a short film and presentation, Mr Russell congratulated the pupils on their achievements and referenced on his own passion for education and the environment. Mr Russell welcomed the partnership between Donibristle Primary School and Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre - based in his own constituency. He also recognised the significance of Homecoming 2014 and celebrations of John Muir’s centenary legacy.

Mr Russell said, “This was a fantastic video presentation to guests and parents of learning journeys to the nearby Letham Woods and to the further afield Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre in exploration of not just the places but also what those places contained.”

In partnership with Donibristle Primary School, Ardroy staff promoted inter-disciplinary outdoor learning linking a residential experience with school based learning. This has allowed pupils to progress from the Discovery Award in Primary 6, to the Explorer Award in Primary 7.

Toby Clark, John Muir Award Scotland Manager for the John Muir Trust said, “Ardroy recognises that outdoor education centres play a significant role in pupil’s entitlement to regular, frequent, enjoyable and challenging outdoor learning opportunities. By working closely with Donibristle upper primary, Ardroy has helped learners progress through the levels of the John Muir Award, and embed outdoor learning within the school. The John Muir Trust wholeheartedly supports this approach.”

Find out more about Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre here.