King's Park pupils in Dalkeith say thank you for outdoor learning donation by Dandara

King’s Park Primary School in Dalkeith received a £5,000 donation from local housebuilder Dandara, which is building new homes at nearby Eskbank Gardens on Viscount Drive.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 9:58 am
King's Park Primary 4 pupils - Ashton, Jessica, Isaac and Doireann.
King's Park Primary 4 pupils - Ashton, Jessica, Isaac and Doireann.

The Midlothian primary school will use Dandara’s charitable donation to upgrade its outdoor education facilities and build sheltered playground areas for pupils.

This means that King’s Park pupils will be able to enjoy improved outdoor learning opportunities as part of the national curriculum.

Laurinda Renton, headteacher at King’s Park Primary School is delighted, she said: We are very grateful to Dandara for supporting the school and the community in such a positive way.”

She added: “Having an outdoor shelter will support us in our commitment to embed outdoor learning into our curriculum through planned, quality outdoor learning experiences.

"We are fortunate to have King’s Park on our doorstep which provides opportunities for a wealth of rich learning experiences.

"The outdoor shelter will provide our learners with a base from which to explore our local environment and develop problem solving skills, build relationships and develop resilience.”

Additionally, the school is planning to improve digital access to technology for its learners and enable teachers to use digital technology to enhance learning, teaching and assessment skills by providing laptops to support digital literacy.

Iain Innes, managing director for Dandara East Scotland, said: “We are committed to supporting initiatives that are at the heart of the local community where we are building new homes.

"We understand the value for children to enhance their learning outdoors, and so we are pleased to offer a donation to help improve these facilities at King’s Park Primary School. We hope the pupils will enjoy their new playground."

Dandara has a growing presence throughout Edinburgh and The Lothians and is currently developing several new communities across Midlothian including Eskbank Gardens in Dalkeith Shawfair, Ashgrove and Loanhead.