Catherine at Noel Park Primary School
Catherine at Noel Park Primary School's new Forest School

Noel Park Primary School ended a week-long careers week with a visit from Catherine West MP. Ms West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, addressed pupils from years 2 to 6.

During her speech to the pupils, Ms West spoke about the effects of climate change and encouraged the children to take care of their environment. Pupils were engaged in a discussion about the purpose of COP 26, effects of deforestation, protecting the Amazon rainforest and commitments governments around the world needed to make in order to halt climate change.

Ms West also conducted a pretend House of Commons debate, whereby she posed important questions and asked pupils to stand up in a bid to get the Speaker’s attention, or ‘catching the Speaker’s eye’. She taught the students about the importance of parliamentary rules and using parliamentary language in the House of Commons.

When asked by one pupil what she wanted to be when she was young, Ms West affectionately said she wanted to work in a corner shop, because she loved sweets.

Ms West also officially opened the newly-built Forest School at Noel Park Primary. “It was a delight to be at Noel Park Primary today and to speak to the children about my work in Parliament. I was so pleased to open the new Forest School with the lovely School Council. It is so important for children to have time to learn surrounded by trees and flowers and to learn to love their environment.”

The space occupies a large section of the school playground and was built after the school raised over £4000 through a number of fundraising events. Claire Woodgate and Ingrid Dickson, the Forest School leads at Noel Park Primary School, both commented on the additional opportunities a remarkable space such as this has to offer the children and the community of Noel Park Primary School. They explained that the Forest School area will provide a space for young people to further develop their confidence and self-esteem through hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

One child at Noel Park Primary School said, ‘This is such a peaceful area. I can’t wait to spend more time here and explore the different habitats that we have created. I also love gardening and hope we can grow some delicious herbs!”


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