Council area: Belfast City Council
Forest School contact: Teresa Murphy
Main Forest School contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
School website address: http://www.stpatrickspsbelfast.com/
Year of Forest School accreditation:
Volunteers wanted: We actively encourage parents to get involved in our Forest School programme.
Background: We were fortunate to receive funding from the Drumlin Wind Co-Operative for forest school training and accreditation in 2019. We used Belfast City Council's Waterworks Park for our training.
St. Patrick's Primary School is committed to the nurturing of the individual child to reach their full potential, celebrating the effort and success together. We strive to achieve this by working in partnership with parents to create an atmosphere of a believing community, reflecting Catholic values.
St. Patrick's is a Catholic school where we strive to make education a shared experience between all interested parties in the community. At St. Patrick's our policy is to develop in our children the capacity to become self confident, contributing members of society, who will have acquired a reasoned set of values, attitudes and beliefs.
In order to develop these qualities in our children we aim to:
Create a happy, stimulating and secure environment for each child.
Offer a well structured, broad and balanced curriculum within the requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum, which meets the individual needs of each child.
Develop an awareness of the need for self-discipline, which leads to respect for other people and a sensitivity towards them.
Encourage the children to acquire positive attitudes towards others of differing religious beliefs and an understanding of the wider world in which we live.
Develop a genuine partnership between the home, church and the school.
Forest School setting: Belfast City Council's Waterworks Park is a short walk from our school. The Waterworks is a fantastic venue for our forest school programme. Mature woodland and hedgerows, open spaces and water habitats are all waiting to be explored by our pupils.