Class representatives from St John’s Primary School Council had two very different learning experiences last week when they made fact-finding visits outside the classroom.
Their first visit was to Wellington Town Council Chambers where they met the Mayor, Janet Lloyd, and her staff, Debbie Bere and Greg Dyke. They found out about the running of the Town Council and how council tax money is spent in Wellington – including the cost of the town’s Christmas lights due to be switched on this week. The children also learned about the town crest and the significance of each of its images.
Their second visit was to the Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders at Norton Fitzwarren. They toured the stable block and the centre’s staff showed them the tack room which stores equipment used to support riders. They learned that the cost of caring for a horse – feeding, bedding, vets bills and tack – amounts to around £1,900 per year.
As a result of this visit, the School Council members have agreed that the proceeds from the school’s next fund-raising event (where the whole school will wear slippers for whole day) will go to the Conquest Equestrian Centre.