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24Feb94 UK: SPECIAL REPORT ON SCOTLAND - SCHEME THAT BENEFITS FUTURE GENERATIONS - CONSTRUCTION IN SCHOOLS.

Mossbank primary school on Shetland has good reason to be pleased with the CITB's curriculum centres scheme. The school now has a new playground and a nature study area - permanent assets that will enrich the life of future generations.Headmistress Linda Davis explains: 'When I came here two-and-a-half years ago there was a lot of tarmac and grass but little for the children to do in their breaks.'An advisor put Mrs Davis in touch with the CITB scheme being run in joint venture with Shetland Islands Council.Soon the children of Mossbank were designing their new playground with murals, a stepped area, planters and benches.Once the project had started, the council offered to pay for all the improvements.Using the computer-aided design facilities of a local college the children designed the planters and benches and were able to watch them being made by a local joiner.Meanwhile, the children cleared a disused pond which the council is helping transform into a nature study area.Mrs Davis explains the educational input: 'We keep a box of luminous vests and hard hats in school. 'Every two to three weeks the manager and site foreman give us a site tour. The children look at something different each time. This time it was machinery. Next we will look at bricks and concrete.'The project is going on until July. When the weather improves the children will lend a hand and will learn at the same time by scaling up designs for their murals. CONSTRUCTION NEWS