A group of year 9 students from Manningtree High School are currently working on an Eco friendly STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) project within the school. The group named Project 4B, have designed, planned and costed a project aiming to build a Butterfly house, allotment and outdoor classroom on a site at our school. This will allow students to watch and learn as the butterflies and plants grow and will also generate fresh produce from the allotment that we can use in the canteen. Art classes can sketch the butterflies and it will be maintained by students from our school and other community groups.
In a bid to interest members of the local community, including businesses, in supporting this project, the students invited a number of people to a presentation and afternoon tea at the school on 8thMarch. Our guests included representatives from Rose Builders, Jimmy’s Farm, David Martin estate agents, Acorn Village, Essex County Council, Suffolk County Council, an author and Paskells, who kindly sponsored the event. The students gave a polished presentation which included plan, scope, budget and timescales. We would like to say a big thank you to those people for giving up their Tuesday afternoon to support us. All of those attending are finding ways of supporting this exciting project.
There will be a dedicated page to Project 4B on our school website where you can see the presentation that the students delivered. There will also be an article in Eco magazine kindly submitted by the author Yetunde Adeshile, who supported the students in the initial planning. For any further information about this exciting project please contact the school.