Schooling in the art of shepherd hut building

Clayesmore School | 12 Jul 2017
Pupils at Clayesmore School in Dorset have been getting hands on and creative over the summer term with the building of their very own shepherd hut.
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Years 9, 10 and 11 at the school have been building a self-build hut by Blackdown Shepherd Huts and they’ve been working on its construction for a month. The hut was unveiled for seniors’ parents to admire on Speech Day on 7th July.

The shepherd hut will be used for a range of things on school grounds when it’s complete - from Open Days to a bird hide at the school lake, as a stage for music events, cinema, fieldwork centre for Biology, Geography, as a reading room for all ages, and a play centre for the Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School.

The children say: ‘We’ve loved building our Blackdown Shepherd Hut. We came across many challenges, including the window frames and wall cladding, but Mr Burton's judgement, Miss Horwell's patience and Mr Richards' brainpower made sure that we soon overcame these obstacles. We don't think we will ever get those fuzzy hairs off our clothes from the wool insulation on the inside of the hut!’

The Blackdown Shepherd Hut was purposely purchased with the quad wheels so it can move around the Clayesmore campus, which is 62 acres and there numerous locations to choose from, so children throughout the school will be able to enjoy its many benefits.

Jess, a Year 10 pupil, had this to say about the whole hut construction experience: "When we stepped back and admired our work we realised quite how much we had achieved, and how significantly our skills had developed. We learned so much about working as a team, and about the materials we were using, and we gained so much experience on what it is like to build something on this scale. We can't wait to see it out and about on the Clayesmore Campus.’

 

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Clayesmore is a flourishing co-educational Day and Boarding Senior School sharing the same idyllic Dorset setting with its Prep School. Filled with a warm friendly feel, the school aims to develop the unique gifts of every pupil and encourage a life-long love of learning.

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