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Deeside Leisure Centre and Library welcome back Queensferry CP School for Winter of Wellbeing Activities

Aura Wales has been delighted to welcome back pupils from Queensferry CP School who have been visiting Deeside Leisure Centre and Library to take part in various Winter of Wellbeing activities. These visits have been a great way to introduce the children to the leisure and library resources available to them, and promote the importance of wellbeing.

Since January, children from every year group have visited the leisure centre and library to take part in a range of activities. The children have tried out Aura’s Inflatable Park and Skate Park, and taken part in fantastic dance workshops with Eleni Cymru. They have also enjoyed an extra special storytime session with Mama G at the library and participated in collage workshops with Simon Grennan, a local graphic novelist.

Gordon Rodger-Burns from Queensferry CP School, Lee Breeze, Leisure Centre Development Officer, Paula Jones, Library Service Manager, and Liz Gilligan, an Aura Library Assistant based at Deeside Library within the Leisure Centre, have all played an integral role in organising activities.

Commenting on the success of the visits, Lee said: “The recent Winter of Wellbeing activities, in combination with previous school visits before the pandemic, are part of an ongoing community relationship that we are building together. Aura’s priority is to benefit the community and we hope that by welcoming local children into the library and leisure centre, we can impact positively upon their wellbeing”.

Liz similarly commented: “It has been wonderful to see the children and teachers from Queensferry CP School visiting us again. To see the children so excited about their visits to the library and taking books out is fantastic! They love having their own library card and really enjoy checking out their books on our “magic machine”! We can’t wait to welcome them back once again very soon for more fun at the library.”

Mr Rodger-Burns expressed his enthusiasm, saying: “It has been fantastic to re-engage the children in the activities on offer at the leisure centre and library. It is so vital for schools to provide experiences beyond the classroom and the support from Aura and the team at Deeside Leisure Centre has really helped us to do this. The children in every year group have been so excited to go to the library and leisure centre and I have loved hearing what they have enjoyed and seeing their smiles.”

Paula added: “We have been able to show the children that reading is just the start of the adventure at Deeside Leisure Centre and Library; the pupils made their own comics, enjoyed themed dance sessions and chose books from our recently refurbished library. As part of the Winter of Wellbeing initiative we were also able to gift the pupils with a Welsh and English copy of The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse / Y Bachgen, y Wahadden, y Llwynog a’r Ceffyl to read at home. We look forward to welcoming the school back for our Summer Reading Challenge!

Aura would like to thank Queensferry CP School for visiting us and look forward to welcoming everyone back to the leisure centre and library again very soon.


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