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Keele Scientist Opens New Science Lab at Edenhurst Prep School

Posted on: 26 Feb 2019

A special event recently took place at Edenhurst Preparatory School to mark the official opening of the school’s newly refurbished science lab.

The event, which was held on Friday 15th February, saw Dr Sharon George, Lecturer in Environmental Science from Keele University, discuss the topic of sustainability with Edenhurst’s pupils and parents.

During the event, Dr George ran an ‘Eco-Detectives’ session with Prep 5 pupils, before officially cutting the ribbon to declare the state-of-the-art new laboratory open.

The new science lab offers Edenhurst pupils a bright, modern new facility in order to see science in action and conduct their own ‘hands-on’ research and experiments. The refurbishment forms part of a series of renovation at the school following investment in a new all-weather Astroturf pitch in 2016.

Julie Nash, Head of Science at Edenhurst Prep School, a qualified Medical Biochemist and former scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, said: “We are very fortunate at Edenhurst to have such a high quality science lab. I am passionate about teaching science and love to keep the children enthused with as many practical activities as I can fit into the curriculum.”

Mike Hibbert, Headteacher at Edenhurst Prep School, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide our pupils with this upgraded new science facility. Here at Edenhurst, our aim is to inspire our pupils with innovative delivery of lessons by our dedicated teachers, using the latest technologies across a broad curriculum. Through receiving specialist teaching in subjects like science, our pupils build a solid foundation for future success.”

Earlier this year the independent school, located on Westlands Avenue in Newcastle-under-Lyme, was awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag for demonstrating a commitment to environmental awareness over several years, the highest award that schools can achieve.

Dr Sharon George, a leading expert on sustainability at Keele University, said: “The planet belongs to us all but our impact from using too many resources is a problem.  It is so important that we equip our children with the knowledge, values and tools to deal with the challenges of the future. The Eco-Schools Green Flag Award is evidence of the enthusiasm and hard work of the staff and children in tackling these issues. It is fantastic that this school is demonstrating such commitment to sustainability through its teaching and activities.”

Photos of the event can be viewed, here.

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