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Holy Cross Girls� School, Ardoyne Road, Belfast

Forest School


Here at Holy Cross Girls' Primary School we love to extend our learning to the outdoors. We are currently working with the Northern Ireland Forest School Association to become an accredited Forest School with 6 of our teachers from the Foundation Stage right through to Key Stage 2 working towards becoming Forest School Level 3 Leaders. 

A Forest School is

“A child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.”

In everyday terms this means that our children have the opportunity to use our school's wonderful outdoor spaces to experience everything from campfire cooking and den making to gardening and nature spotting with a lot more in between!

Have a look at our photos for just a taste of our Forest School sessions so far and watch this space to see how we develop our Forest School further!


Forest School Recognition

We are so proud of our wonderful staff who continue to develop their own skills for the benefit of our pupils.

We have recently been awarded Official Forest School status as 6 members of staff undertook training with Northern Ireland Forest Schools Association. The teachers were awarded OCN NI Level 3 in Leadership in Forest Schools and have been very busy putting all they learned into practice with their classes.

The girls are thoroughly enjoying taking their learning outside with all our Forest School Activities. Well done to everyone!


Our Latest Forest School Activities

16th May 2023
We celebrated the end of our Spring Forest School programme with another Family Session. Our...
17th Apr 2023
Primary Six spent their numeracy lesson outside today. They used chalk and worked...
3rd Apr 2023
Primary 2 took part in an Easter Egg Hunt today in aid of Trócaire.  In...