Chris Packham visits Stroud School

TV wildlife presenter Chris Packham officially opened a new wildlife hide at Stroud, King Edward VI Preparatory School. He met with Year 8 and then presented an engaging assembly to all the pupils in Years 3 to 8, followed by a Q&A with Key Stage 1 children.

Chris Packham visits Stroud School
Photo: Stroud, King Edward VI Preparatory School

Wildlife expert and TV presenter Chris Packham officially opened a new wildlife hide at Stroud, King Edward VI Preparatory School, in Romsey last week.

He met with Year 8 children to open the new bird hide in the woods and then presented an engaging assembly to all Middle and Senior School children in Years 3 to 8.

After this he spent time with Key Stage 1 to show them skulls and feathers and answer their questions.

Chris Packham said: "It is imperative to engage young people with the natural world in a direct way.

"They must have the opportunity to meet wildlife first hand, to touch it, feel it, smell it.

"Only then will they develop a deep-rooted and lasting affinity for it.

"And of course, now more than ever, we must ensure that they are fully briefed on all the environmental issues their generations will inherit.

"Theirs will be a different, and in many ways a more difficult world.

"Stroud School is taking good advantage of its natural resources and the pupils clearly love that!"

Photo: Stroud, King Edward VI Preparatory School

Head of Outdoor Learning Mr Caie said: "This was an excellent opportunity to welcome Chris Packham to Stroud and we are grateful to Chris for giving up time in his day to visit us.

"His visit enthralled and inspired both pupils and teachers alike."

Stroud School's outdoor programme enables children to become responsible stewards of their own natural environment.

By learning outside, children try new skills, measure and take risks, respond to a variety of challenges and contribute to the maintenance and development of the wild side of their school.

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