It came about that Friends of Raddlebarn are the Parent Teachers Association and we asked the children what we could do for them a couple of years ago and they asked for playground improvements so we started to have a look and we could see a few things. But what they asked for fundamentally was somewhere quiet, somewhere to sit, somewhere in the shade so we started to look at what facilities they were and it became apparent that the Infants were in desperate need of a new shelter.
I like the Happy House because you get to do fun things and you get to imagine and read books and create stuff and use your imagination a lot.
I became aware of the Aviva community award when it was launched. Local community policing told me about it but also Duncan Sutcliffe from Sutcliffe insurers.
We’ve been sent lots of photos of when it opened and lots of happy, smiling children. And it’s great to see the construction of the Happy House has gone on to spiral into lots of other things and the way that the community and the school has really come together.
It’s used by our before and after school clubs. The breakfast children come and do it and have a bit of fresh air, a bit of free time before the lessons start.
And then during the school day it’s used at break times and lunch times for children who not necessarily want to run around and go mad you know children, some children like to just to sit and read or chat quietly or play and then again sort of used for the after school children for that to be outside but still inside.
I like it because you can play with Lego and read some books.
And it’s also I know when the weather gets better it has already happened but used as an outdoor classroom. I know my daughter is lucky enough to still be in Infants and she’s had quite a lot of reading sessions in there at the end of the day. It’s just a different way of learning and it’s known to be a good way of learning. Children who have additional needs at school they come out and they have 121 sessions in there so it’s a very special place.
We hold lots of community events during the year. We have a charity coffee morning. At our Christmas bizarre it was the carol-oke station which the children just loved. At Easter it was a special book stall that we had. As we learn how to use it it will be used more and more with the community that it’s really helped us forge links with.
Thank you Aviva!