Lottery Grant Brings Hands-On Autumn Fun For Wyvern Kids
By nicola2013 | Thursday, October 31, 2013, 16:48
Youngsters from Wyvern Academy in Weymouth have enjoyed a hands-on experience of autumn thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Meeting some wildlife
The award means all pupils from the Academy's secondary school have been able to visit Holton Lee environmental centre in Poole.
The £9,500 bid, to the Lottery's Awards for All programme, which supports local community projects, was submitted by Holton Lee.
"We are absolutely delighted the Lottery has chosen to support this bid," said Wyvern's head of autism, Lisa White.
"It has provided a wonderful opportunity for environmental discovery and bringing our youngsters closer to wildlife and the natural world.
"The centre's excellent facilities ensure people with disabilities have the same access as everyone else to the wonders of nature.
"The highlight of the day was being shown a nest of snakes hidden in the woods which they all found really fascinating."
Youngsters have had access to digital microscopes to view miniature worlds and special cameras that can film animals secretly at night.
They also visited the bird hides, followed a wheelchair trail through a variety of habitats and have captured insects and bugs to find out more about their life cycles.
The centre has a 250-metre long labyrinth, believed to be the only disabled-accessible labyrinth in the UK that caters for wheelchair users and people with a visual impairment.
"We aim to bring visitors closer to the natural world and to use that contact as a source of inspiration for a fun, creative and educational follow-up session," said Geoff Jones, Holton Lee's environment manager.
"The students were really caught up in all the activities and there were lots of smiles and laughter on all their visits."
Wyvern Academy is a purpose-built school for youngsters aged from two to 19, with complex needs, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
For further information visit: http://www.wyvern.dorset.sch.uk/welcometowyvern