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Half Millionth Learner Celebrations

On 17th October, Epping Forest Field Centre delivered its
half millionth learner experience. Isabella Lushington was presented with a certificate by Tony Fenwick, Epping Forest Visitor Services Manager. Isabella was also given a cake to share with the other visiting pupils and staff from Woodford Green Preparatory School. The Centre has a long standing link with the school and the commitment of the school to high standards and to Learning Outside the Classroom is well recognised by staff who have enjoyed working with the school for many years.

Centre staff were delighted that the half millionth learning experience came in the year that they celebrated the 40th anniversary of Epping Forest Field Centre’s official opening by HRH Prince William of Gloucester on 23 June 1971.

“I was very pleased to welcome Isabella, our half-millionth visitor to the Centre today”, said Head of Centre Steve Bunce. “I very much hope that she will have lasting memories of a great experience and that she will enjoy visiting Epping Forest many times in the future and will always value the natural world. I was also very pleased that we were joined by Tony Fenwick as part of the recognition of the 40 year partnership between the FSC and the City of London Corporation”.

The pupils created acrostic autumn poems and the winning poem was used to select one pupil as the half millionth learner.
Isabella’s poem read:

Autumn is brilliant

Umbrellas are useful

Trees have a couple of leaves on

Up high birds shiver

Muddy leaves are fun because of their squishiness

Now I love Autumn

During their visit, the pupils took part in a number of activities such as learning about camouflage, looking for minibeasts in the pond, under logs and in the trees and bushes, learning about food chains and they demonstrated their acting skills in minibeast theatre.

Thursday, November 24, 2011