The Shepherd’s Hut Build

We were delighted to unveil our newly finished Shepherd’s Hut on Speech Day. Following a month of construction by pupils from Years 9 and 10 under the supervision of members of the DT Department, the hut’s inaugural outing was as a Pimm’s bar, serving drinks to parents, but it will be used for a whole host of things next year – from Open Days to a bird hide at the school lake, as a stage for music events, cinema, fieldwork centre for Biology, Geography, as a reading room for all ages, and a play centre for the Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School.

A year 10 pupil says, ‘We’ve loved building our Hut. We came across many challenges, including the window frames and wall cladding, but Mr Burton’s judgement, Miss Horwell’s patience and Mr Richards’ brainpower made sure that we soon overcame these obstacles. We don’t think we will ever get those fuzzy hairs off our clothes from the wool insulation on the inside of the hut!’

Jess, a Year 10 pupil, had this to say about the whole hut construction experience: “When we stepped back and admired our work we realised quite how much we had achieved, and how significantly our skills had developed. We learned so much about working as a team, and about the materials we were using, and we gained so much experience on what it is like to build something on this scale. We can’t wait to see it out and about on the Clayesmore Campus.’

Well done to all. The hut will be officially opened on Saturday 16 September, and our thanks go to the Clayesmore Society and the Friends of Clayesmore whose financial support funded the project.