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Peter Weir officially opens the new outdoor learning space at West Winds PS with Rebecca Johnston, Marshall Burns and principalNiall Manogue

EDUCATION Minister Peter Weir has opened new outdoor learning spaces at West Winds PS in Newtownards.

The school, which is blessed with plenty of green space, has been developing and promoting outdoor learning opportunities for several years.

Over the past 12 months, nearly £70,000 of finance from the school budget as well as donations has been spent.

It now has an improved space for nursery children for outdoor play and learning as well as a `Rainbow Garden', incorporating a sensory garden, polytunnel and raised beds for growing produce.

In addition, there is an outdoor learning hub, providing space and resources to host learning activities, extensive climbing and play equipment to encourage children to enjoy being active and there will be training and opportunities to deliver forest school lessons.

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