In a joint ceremony the newly named Hampshire & Cass Foundation Mountain Centre was officially opened by Councillor Keith Chapman, Executive Member for Culture, Recreation & Countryside for Hampshire County Council and Dr Kevin Everett, Treasurer & Chairman of Sir John Cass’s Foundation on the 7th May 2014.
Amongst the one hundred guests at the Opening Ceremony were senior representatives from Hampshire County Council and Sir John Cass’s Foundation including, Dr Kevin Everett (Treasurer & Chairman), Alderman Dr Ray Ellis (Deputy Chairman) and David Hogben (Chairman of Audit & Compliance).
Justin Smith, the Deputy Head Teacher of Sir John Cass’s Foundation Secondary School, which is based in east London, along with a group of his pupils also attended. Ann Slater, the Dean of the Sir John Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London attended along with a large number of her trainee teachers.
The Hampshire & Cass Foundation Mountain Centre occupies two sites located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park amongst mountains, waterfalls and caves. It offers children the chance to enjoy a range of outdoor activities, which they wouldn’t have access to in more built up areas, such as inner London where Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary and Secondary Schools are located.
Hampshire County Council and Sir John Cass’s Foundation have entered into a five year partnership, whereby students from any of the Cass Institutions can participate in high quality, residential outdoor education for up to twenty weeks per year.
Groups can take advantage of the many curriculum based learning activities and also participate in outdoor sports, which include walking expeditions, canoeing, climbing, gorge walking and mountain biking. Educational trips feature field study projects, as well as historic buildings, museums and nature reserves to visit.
More information can be found at: www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-mountain-centre.htm