Council area: Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Forest School contact: Leah Downey
Main Forest School contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
School website address: http://www.rowandaleips.co.uk/
Year of Forest School accreditation: 2018
Volunteers wanted: Please contact Leah for further information
Background: Mutual respect and inclusion are at the heart of our integrated ethos. Our ethos is not just something we aspire to but permeates all interactions and activities within the school. Many parents see the educational space that we provide, where children can play and learn side by side regardless of their ability, social, cultural and religious backgrounds as a mirror of the living and working space which is vital to our shared future. At the outset we agreed on nine principles as being integral to the creation of an all-inclusive learning environment for our children.
We are integrated- we nurture all our children in the values of their own background. Our aim is to enrich individual identity through the understanding of other beliefs.
We are child-centred we base education around the child rather than around the teacher.
We are co-educational we empower our children to fulfil their potential irrespective of gender.
We are anti-bias- we encourage our children to have an unbiased approach to other people.
We are all-ability we give each child the opportunity to achieve personal excellence.
We are democratic we consult with parents on all school policies and procedures our Board of Governors of 16 members has 6 places for Parent Governors. In addition all parents are encouraged to become involved in the Parents Council.
We are eco-friendly we involve and educate our children about sustainability issues.
We are healthy we encourage and enable our children to respect their health.
We are a whole school community we seek to create a close partnership involving children, parents, staff, governors and our wider community
Forest School setting: We secured a Forest school Award in 2018 from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. We regularly visit Moira Demesne, a wonderful park with mature trees, hedgerows, meadows and wildflower meadows.