October Bishopston Mum

September 30 2016

I want to start this month's column by giving a special shout-out of congratulations to students at Fairfield High School regarding their recent fantastic set of GCSE results!

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I want to start this month's column by giving a special shout-out of congratulations to students at Fairfield High School regarding their recent fantastic set of GCSE results! 60% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English – a figure which is up 8 percentage points from last year. Plus, 70% of students also got an A* - C in English and 69% achieved A* - C in Maths – great stuff!

The weather may be colder this month but don't let the changing seasons put you off getting outside with your little ones as there are plenty of outdoor activities in the local area. Firstly there are My Wild Child sessions on Horfield Common which are provided by Avon Wildlife Trust and held every fortnight at 10am on Wednesdays. Sessions are for children aged 2 – 4 years and offer conservation activities, mini-beast quests, plus wild stories, songs, art and more outdoor fun. Sessions are completely free and held on a drop-in basis with no need to book. I recommend joining The Friends of Horfield Common facebook group which is kept updated as to when a session is on.

Another great activity for local toddlers and pre-schoolers is The Golden Buds stay and play group which runs in term-time at The Golden Hill Community Garden. There is a choice of two sessions which both held on Tuesdays : 9.30 – 11am or 11.30am – 1pm. Young children can expect to enjoy watering, bug hunts, pond dipping, picnics and digging in the garden's Digging Bed - especially created for toddlers to enjoy!

Each session is £5, additional siblings are £2.50 and babies under 12 months go free. Email Lucy at ghcgarden@gmail.com for more information/to book.

And, in case you didn't know, there is a brand new children's play park being built in Ashley Down which will hopefully be ready to use mid-October. The play park is being built just off Dirac Road in a lovely spot surrounded by green space which children will also be able to use once it is complete. It will be suitable for children up to the age of thirteen and is being designed to have an open look and feel. Much of the play equipment will be made of natural materials and will include a timber tower, balance beams and stepping stones. I went to have a look at the park last week and can confirm that the park is taking shape nicely!

Hope you have a great October and don't forget that the clocks go back one hour at 2am on Sunday 30th October!

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