Connor Downs School IT
Friends of Connor Downs School applied for £8,000 in 2016 to provide students at the school with iPads, educational Lego sets and a time-lapse camera. The 20 iPads and cases have only recently arrived at the school, but are being used in lessons already, enabling children to use them, together with the Lego, to explore robotics, and programming. In addition, the children will be able to use the iPads to research other topics, on the internet, as an activity the whole class can actively participate in.
The time-lapse camera is being used to demonstrate change over the passage of time, which the younger children in particular find hard to grasp. There are plans to situate the camera at different points around the school, to chapture changing seasons, and growth of plants on the site.
The grant funding meant that the Friends of the School could purchase these items, which would otherwise have been beyond their budget, and it is hoped that the chidlren will all the pupils to make good progress and reach their full potential.
“That was the best lesson ever, I can’t wait to do more!” – Tyler, yr 5, after a computing lesson with the iPads and Lego
“The children learnt so much and were so engaged with the technology.” – Mrs Patterson yr 5 teacher.
“It’s great to have iPads that we can all use. I really liked finding out about the animals in the rainforest.” – Beth, yr 4
Wall Village Hall Toilets – Wall Village Hall Committee
In May 2016 £2750 was awarded to the Wall Village Hall Committee to construct a new toilet cubicle to update the existing facility and also to include an addition toilet and baby changing unit. This new hall will benefit all visitors who attend the many groups, parties and events that are held there.
Christmas Lights – Gwithian Residents Association
In May 2015 £1526.80 was awarded to the Gwithian Residents Association to replace some of their Christmas lights with low energy lights for their ‘Light for a Life’ celebrations. This is one of the main community events with in the village and the grant allowed provision of modern, low cost lighting to secure the continuation of the event for years to come.
The association recorded a dramatic reduction in energy consumption used in the festive period 2015 on the previous year.
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Christmas Lights – Connor Downs Residents Association
In November 2015 £2000 was awarded to the Connor Downs Residents Association to be able to replace some of their Christmas Lights in readiness for 2015 switch on.
The village residents commented on how nice it was to see the new modern lights and how bright the Christmas tree looked with the LED lighting.
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Sunday School Heating – Connor Downs Residents Association
In May 2015 £2140.80 was awarded to Connor Downs Residents Association to be able to reconfigure and upgrade the heating system in the Sunday School.
As the premises were used regularly by the Sunday School and the Sandcastles Playgroup the heating system has greatly improved the environment and has become more welcoming.. These improvements have attracted other community groups and individuals to use the Sunday School.
Christmas Lights – Pen Tye Residents Association
£421.80 has been awarded to Pen Tye Residents Association for the purchase of low energy light bulbs to enable them to start a Christmas celebration in the village.
School Minibus – Gwinear School
In May 2015 £17,000 was been awarded to Gwinear PTFA to purchase a mini bus to service Gwinear School and other community groups. So far the minibus has enabled the school pupils to participate in a wider range of inter school sporting events, smaller weekly swimming classes and class excursions to museums and galleries.
The new mini bus has enabled pupils to assess opportunities that were not available before due to the costs of hiring in transport.
The pupils are thrilled with their new bus and feel proud to use it:
“We can go out a lot more and do outdoor learning and running XL which I really enjoy” – Thomas, pupil
“I like using it to go swimming, I like listening to music on the way” – Gemma, pupil
“It’s easier to travel around and the best place is Crenver Grove because it’s great to explore” – Charlie – pupil
Cedar Lodge for Connor Downs School
In May 2015 £6360.60 was been awarded to The Friends of Connor Downs School for the purchase of a cedar lodge and planters as part of their ‘Cultivating Futures’ project.
The Cedar Lodge is an outdoor classroom which is used by not only Connor Downs School but also the Sandcastles Pre-School group and other local community groups.
This new classroom has enabled children to really benefit from working in the outdoor environment and gives a multi-sensory approach to learning.
Below are some of the quotes from users:
“It is more fun learning outside!” – Liam, pupil
“We can make anything we want” – Kacey, pupil
“This learning zone gives an additional aspect to the teaching of subjects, it allows you to mix the outdoors and indoors seamlessly” – Mr B, teacher
Bees on the Green – Gwithian Residents Association
£1500 has been awarded to Gwithian Residents Association to introduce Honey Bees on Gwithian Green.
On the 25th May 2015 the bees were introduced to their new hives. Two hives were purchased and populated with the aid of the grant funding along with all the equipment required to maintain a healthy swam. Extra funding was applied for to enable two villagers to complete a bee keeping course at Duchy College.
The production of honey is expected in the near future and the income from this will go towards the ongoing costs of keeping these bees and all the benefits they bring to the local environment.
Towans Ranger Project – Protecting the Towans from Hayle to Godrevy
In October 2015 £4050 was awarded to the Towans Partnership for 3 interpretation boards to be placed at Mexico Towans, Gwithian Towans and St Gothian Sands.
Each board contains a map of the Towans reflecting the topography of the area with access routes and key features. The boards are all in locations with full public access and close to holiday accommodation. The purpose of these baords is to raise the profile of the Towan’s partnership and also the importance of protecting this environment and wildlife for future generations.
Gwinear School received funding for various projects
1 Solar thermal project. Solar thermal system to produce some of the hot water for use in school kitchen, along with highly insulated and efficient emersion tank. Replaces 2 old inefficient hot water tanks. A display in school entrance shows energy produced, which will be used by the children in the curriculum. The sun provides some of the energy for the heating of the water used in the school kitchen. The water then stays hot because of a super-efficient hot water tank.
2 Purchase of ipads and cameras. Cameras and ipads for curriculum work on sustainable development, outdoor education etc. We have purchased 2 sets of 10 ipads, which have integral cameras. These are used at the point of learning by every child in the school.
3 Loft Insulation. To install or increase insulation in loft areas where needed. To reduce heat loss, so that the building feels warmer and energy is saved. This was recommended by Community Energy Plus.
This has resulted in the following benefits
1 Solar thermal project
The cook confirms that there is always a plentiful supply of hot water at the correct temperature.
Pupils benefit because of the saving of money – which enables us to buy essential resources for the curriculum
Pupils benefit from learning first hand about the importance of sustainable energy sources.
There is a benefit to the community as we are doing our bit to provide local sustainable energy and reduce carbon emissions.
2 Purchase of ipads and cameras
Over the last year we have used our new iPad extensively through all the classes and all areas of the curriculum, due to their portability, durability and speed of access to not only the downloaded apps but also to the internet. There has been work across the curriculum and especially on sustainability.
3 Loft Insulation
Children and adults at school will benefit from a warmer school and children will ultimately benefit from money saved.
We are now open to receive grant applications
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