This week is National Tree week and at Cliftonville Primary School we have used this as an opportunity to think not only about trees but also to appreciate our school environment. We are fortunate to have new buildings into which the children in our reception classes have just moved, therefore we spent some time planting bulbs to make the outside look as beautiful as the inside. Some of our older children have been using clinometers to help them calculate the height of trees; this was very challenging, especially when they were asked to try and make their own clinometers too! However, as usual our children rose to the challenge and were able to find the heights of the trees in our grounds. Joe Weitzel, an ex-Cliftonville Primary pupil, is now a tree surgeon from Top Branch Tree Services. He came in to talk to children about his career. The children were fascinated to hear about his work and enjoyed hearing about some of the machinery he uses. He is pictured giving some logs to the reception children who enjoyed the extra height they gave them! He also awarded prizes for the tree competition, where the children had to design and make/draw their own tree at home.