6 March 2018
The ‘Beast from the East’ is creating havoc across Sussex, but pupils from Burgess Hill Girls have made the most of the opportunities presented by the deluge of snow falling on the county over the last few days. And the school has remained open despite the extreme weather conditions.
Junior School Head Heather Cavanagh said: ‘With appropriate clothing, our children are able to immerse themselves in the sensory experience of falling and settling snow. We are all about letting children manage their own risks, and what better time to let them explore and manage the risk of snow and ice? Our aim is to create magical memories for our children in the early years at Burgess Hill Girls. We have had such fun in the snow with sledges and snowman-building.
Mrs Cavanagh said the snow also provides a fantastic sensory experience for younger pupils who have not yet experienced an English snowfall.
‘And with World Book Day falling today [Thursday], it’s an ideal opportunity to introduce the children to stories about cold weather.’
And the learning opportunities aren’t limited to the younger children. Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said the adverse weather conditions help to generate a team spirit and kindness. ‘PSHE
[Personal, Social and Health Education] lessons can be used to flag up the importance of supporting elderly people in the community, for whom the extreme cold can present major problems.’