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New life skills house opens at Arbourthorne Primary

Friday, February 14, 2014

Local MP Meg Munn was delighted to accept an invitation from Vanessa Langley, Headteacher of Arbourthorne Primary School to officially open their new Life Skills House. Their disused caretaker’s house has been renovated and renamed ‘Red Robin House’ in memory of the late Councillor John Robson a dear friend and supporter of the school.

The house will be a new learning space which will develop skills for life for the children, their families and the wider Arbourthorne community. Children will learn skills such as how to cook nutritious meals using vegetables grown in the house allotment, sewing and enterprise. Red Robin House is also eco-friendly and has a wood burning stove which uses sustainable fuel sources.

All this would not have been possible without the support of John Robson, the Community Assembly East and a generous donation from John Lewis Sheffield. The School will continue to work with the community and is building links with local volunteers.

Meg said:

“I am delighted to officially open Red Robin House, a fantastic development which will benefit the whole Arbourthorne community.

Ensuring our children have good English, Maths and Science skills is of course important but we should not underestimate the importance of teaching wider life skills. Red Robin House will help the children to develop not just academically, it will also help them to grow as people.”

Vanessa Langley, Headteacher at Arbourthorne Primary, said:

“I am delighted that our vision has become a reality. Red Robin House has been designed to equip pupils with essential skills for life. Pupils need to learn how to cook nutritious healthy meals and run a home and these essential skills will compliment the work we are doing to improve the literacy and numeracy standards of our pupils.

We are keen to encourage volunteers from within the Sheffield Community to share skills with children such as sewing, cooking and knitting or to teach them how to play board games, card games and dominoes. We want to bring back some of the traditional activities and values seen in family homes which may have been side lined in the age of modern technology!”

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