We started the day with a walk around the farmland. Along the way our ECTs collected leaves, flowers and other botanical specimens whilst also enjoying the various sights and livestock along the way (including Louise’s delightful black lab, Nessie). Eventually we gathered at “The Henge”. This was the project of an art student around 14 years ago and is a circular clearing where 13 native tree species of the UK are planted in a henge-like circle around a raised fire pit.
The Organic Arts facilitators showed us how rich clay could be dug from a seam near the Henge and our ECTs enjoyed using this to make thumb pots (or in one case, a penguin!) and decorating them with the materials they had found. Whilst enjoying being creative and learning something they could do with children, this was also a lovely opportunity for everyone to catch up since our training in the Spring. When we returned to the farm, we enjoyed a delicious lunch (thank you to Louise, Sara and our visiting tutors for lending a hand to the pizza baking!).
We finished the celebrations with a toast to our fabulous cohort, reflecting on the incredible commitment of these Early Career Teachers and the exciting careers ahead of them. We wish them, and all of our colleagues from our partner schools and across the Hub, a happy end to the term and a restful holiday over the summer.