Great Bedwyn Primary School hosted a fantastic Socially Distanced Scarecrow Trail last weekend, July 18 and 19 and raised over £500 towards a Well Being Centre. A total of twenty-eight scarecrows all based on children’s book characters and all created by imaginative villagers made up the trail.
Mollie Sue of Year 3 said, “It was amazing! There were some really funny ones.”
The trail was organised by three Great Bedwyn teachers. One of the teachers, Kirsten Disley, told marlborough.news, “Much fun was had by all and the whole community was able to get out and join in the fun whilst adhering to social distancing guidance.
Children were delighted to find Fantastic Mr Fox, the Gruffalo and the BFG to name just a few.
This was our first Scarecrow Trail and it was a great success. Next Summer it will be back, even bigger and better! All proceeds raised will go towards creating a Well Being Centre at the school. “
In a letter to parents earlier in the year, Headteacher, Michelle Perrett said, “The Department for Education has found that, on average, children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural, social and school well-being had higher levels of academic achievement and were more engaged in school.
Evidence shows that mental health initiatives in schools can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, social and emotional skills and reductions in classroom misbehaviour, anxiety and frustration. Currently at Great Bedwyn CE School we have interventions in place to support children’s positive mental health but we want to develop this further by creating a special Well Being Centre.”