CHILDREN at Kington St Michael School are being encouraged to get in touch with their creative side after a new classroom, pond, amphitheatre and library was opened thanks to the ongoing support of local organisations.

The Friends of Kington St Michael were thanked for raising more than £10,000 towards the project over the last year at the special thank you day held last Thursday, alongside contractor Mervyn Singer, Wessex Water, Moto and a local painter who had all contributed to the school’s outdoor vision.

Teacher Kerry Anne Wheeler said: “When they started to dig the foundations for the new mobile classroom, they had to fill in the pond and they left this huge pile of building rubble, so for a year we named it the mound and last week they were able to enjoy it for the first time.

“They all think it is absolutely fantastic and they have all been running up and down it and acting in their wellies in the amphitheatre. The pond is really coming to life now and there’s lots of creative work coming from our new ruined castle library.”

The amphitheatre, which was selected from a number of pupil’s competition entries, remains a firm favourite at the school, with plays and discussions taking place outdoors on a daily basis.

“The new outdoor area will work alongside our curriculum and will allow the children to take part in things like pond dipping and other expressive activities,” Miss Wheeler added.