A film by Webster’s High School pupils about outdoor learning in National Parks recently premiered at Boat of Garten Community Hall.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority has supported the biennial National Parks Media Project since 2005 which is funded by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA) and Education Scotland.
The funding provided film training opportunities for 45 young people and teachers in the nine secondary schools in both Parks as well as making further use of the equipment purchased in earlier phases of the project.
The short 12 minute films involved pupils mainly from S1 and S2 exploring how outdoor learning is being delivered in their school and how it is making links across learning, the Curriculum for Excellence and to the National Parks.
Brian Wood, CNPA board member and a former head teacher, said: “The films provide a unique insight into how the National Parks are seen through the eyes of children.
“By recording and showcasing good examples of outdoor learning in both Parks, they will provide a legacy for the two-year National Parks Outdoor Learning project.
“As an educational resource they can also be used for the professional development and inspiration for other teachers to practise outdoor learning in their schools in line with the new Curriculum for Excellence.”
James Downie, Learning Development Adviser at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, added: “This project highlights the innovative ways in which we can engage pupils, providing provoking and challenging ways to learn about their environment.
“We have been impressed with the enthusiasm from pupils and this level of interest in the great outdoors really shines through with the films produced.
“Scotland’s National Parks provide some of the most inspiring landscapes for these budding film-makers and will hopefully inspire other pupils to explore what they can offer.”