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Salty tales from the seashore!

21 pupils aged between 7 and 9 years from Gatehouse Primary School have just celebrated the completion of their seashore project, with an artwork for the school which is a reminder of creative and busy learning days on the beach at Cardoness and in the classroom.

The seashore project is part of the Day of the Region activities in Gatehouse, with local experts Jim and Pauline Logan sharing their knowledge and getting young people excited and interested in the area they live in.

The children became beach detectives for a day, hunting in rock pools, and learning about the creatures that live along the seashore from Jim and Pauline.  Poet Liz Niven and artist Hugh Bryden joined the class on their trip and helped them undertake lots of activities. A Cardoness poem was composed by the children alongside fabulous mosaics made from shells gathered during the days investigations.

Amy Kelly, P3 said ‘When we were looking for shells we found a jelly fish. Emily and I had shells up to the top of our bucket and Mr. Logan talked to us about all the different things we found.’

Back in the classroom, working with Hugh and Liz, everyone made gorgeous fish headdresses and wrote riddle poems inspired by their observations from the previous day. There was further inspiration from Jim Logan’s visit with his fascinating collection of shells from Dumfries and Galloway.

Mrs.Pringle, the Class Teacher, said ‘It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about new things from local and invited experts. The class worked very hard over the three days of the project and it has really contributed to the water topic they are studying this term.’

David Steel, Chair of Gatehouse Development Initiative, said ‘I was delighted to see the art work and hear the children reading their poems. The seashore visit was obviously a great experience and the class has produced some fantastic work.’

The resulting panel, with its representation of the view of Cardoness is a marvellous record of the whole project and includes the poem created by the children during their day at the beach. It will be exhibited at the Day of the Region event in October, for the community to enjoy, along with recordings of the children’s poems.

Anna Johnson, National Scenic Area Officer said ‘This project gave pupils the chance to get out of the classroom and find out more about what make the landscape on their doorstep so special. It was fantastic to see their enthusiasm and inspiration from the visit’.

The project was undertaken as part of Day of the Region being delivered by Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme, and was partly funded by the National Scenic Area Project, Dumfries and Galloway Council.