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Pupils get rounded education.

Byline: KATE FORRESTER

A RURAL school has looked to its Celtic roots for inspiration for a new outdoor classroom.

Ysgol Rhos Helyg in Rhosesmor, near Mold, has built a six-metre roundhouse in its ground for children to use while learning about outdoor-based subjects.

Headteacher Gareth Roberts said: "We are based just 200 yards away from a hillfort, so that was the inspiration behind it.

"The roundhouse will have a long term benefit for the all the children at the school.

"The introduction of the foundation phase in Wales has necessitated the building of an outside classroom on the school site, whilst the junior pupils will also benefit in using the roundhouse through activities linked to the curriculum and forest school activities.

"I believe that building the roundhouse will have a positive effect on the raising of standards, as it will undoubtedly have an inspirational effect on the pupils that work there."

Mr Roberts thanked those who donated wood for the roundhouse, as well as the contractors who built it.

He added: "It could not have been built without the generous donation of wood or the generosity of two local contractors, Glyn Coleclough and Howard Morris, who built it for what amounts to cost price."

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Pupils at Ysgol Rhos Helyg Rhosesmor near Holywell prepare for a lesson in the wooden Celtic roundhouse
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2011
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