Hundreds of local primary school children recently stepped out of the classroom and into the fresh air for Coleg Gwent
’s annual Countryside Experience.
Over four days the pupils learned all about life on Coleg Gwent’s Usk Campus
farm, and met animals including calves, lambs and horses, as well as visiting the students at the Small Animal Care Unit
to see some of the more unusual residents including chinchillas, rabbits, snakes and spiders.
The College’s own countryside management
students showed them a whole host of outdoor activities from popcorn making and pond dipping, to bush craft and food foraging displays.
This is the 27th year of the event, and this year staff and students built on their considerable success of the event.
“It’s fantastic to see children outdoors and enjoying and exploring the countryside for themselves,” said lecturer Chris Carey.
“It’s a chance for them to experience a working farm
, meet different animals and to take part in fun hands-on activities.
“It’s also great for our students who plan and manage the event as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate. Every year students come up with creative ideas to build children’s understanding and appreciation of the countryside.”
Primary schools which took part included Gilwern, Overmonnow, Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni, Padre Pio RC School in Pontypool, Cantref, Caerleon Lodge Hill, Goytre Fawr, Rogiet, Somerton in Newport, Thornwell in Chepstow, George Street Pontypool, Llantilio Pertholey, Cwmbran RC, Woodlands Community School in Cwmbran and Usk Church in Wales Primary.