The nest was officially opened at Sidlesham Primary School last Thursday (July 1).
It will allow children to “make the most of the beautiful school setting” all year round, “rain or shine”.
It was built by a parent of two 6 year old boys, Pete Melton, and the roof was donated by Sterlingbuild.
Mr Melton runs Chichester’s construction company, Nest Building Solutions, and wanted to give something back to the school, where his children are finishing primary school.
He said: âMy boys have been so happy in Sidlesham over the years so I was really happy to be able to help and give something back to the school before they leave next month.
“Now that they’ve moved on, it’s great that they can leave something behind for future generations to enjoy.”
The nest adds to the school’s âalready impressive portfolioâ of outdoor spaces, in particular; an Iron Age rotunda; circles trees; willow dome; pond; vegetable gardens; large playground and two play areas.
Acting principal James Blake-Lobb said the school was “incredibly grateful” to Mr. Melton “for turning our vision into reality.”
Mr. Blake-Lobb added, âThe Nest is already being put to good use, but I know it will become an invaluable asset to the school in the years to come. Having that extra flexible classroom really improves what we are able to offer our children. , not only during our Welly Wednesday sessions, but throughout the week.
âIt has also recently become the new home for our samba group as we weren’t able to rehearse indoors this year.
âThe pandemic has taught us a lot about the need to be outdoors as much as possible and to leave space with each other. The nest means we can now have the best of both worlds, with classes taking place outdoors whenever necessary. “
Chairman of the Governors Malcolm Foster said outdoor learning is “so fundamental” to Sidlesham and “it’s great that we can do it all the more”.
He added: “It has always been an important part of our culture to learn as much as possible outside of the classroom and the addition of The Nest means our teachers can now do even more.”
As part of the ceremony, hot chocolate and popcorn were prepared over an open fire in their tree ring and the ribbon was officially cut by Mr. Melton’s sons, Oliver and Alfie.
School staff and governors were joined at the ceremony by part of the Little Diggers Montessori Nursery team, who “share a lot of the outdoor space with the school.”
They also share a philosophy and commitment to outdoor education and will be able to use the new classroom.
Nursery Director Ellie Smee said: âWe are really passionate about the benefits of outdoor learning and The Nest gives us yet another way for our children to make the most of it.
our beautiful environment.
“We are incredibly lucky and grateful to Mr. Melton for building the classroom and to the elementary school for allowing us to share it with them.”