It’s been the biggest dig yet for staff and pupils who are working to create a Gifted Garden and Outdoor Classroom at the school.
Thanks to the generosity of the Woodland Trust, the school’s fabulous team of gardeners planted several hundred (420 in fact) saplings which will form a gentle hedge around the garden area.
As part of the school’s series of Transition events, Year 6 pupils from the feeder primary schools were invited to complete the chain of planting to establish their roots at Saint Paul’s.
“It was our biggest dig yet with so many people involved. It was a mammoth task for us, especially in light of the decline in weather, but we managed to get it done (by hook or by crook),” explained Mrs Cathie Halbert, who is leading the project. “We were delighted that the primary school children were able to join in the creation of the garden. It is wonderful that the children will be able to arrive at school in September saying ‘I helped create that’. It was an extremely symbolic activity that the children can reflect on in years to come.”
“It was fantastic to have the primary school children join in the fun and toil as we create a garden that will grow and mature over time, as our pupils do the same,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “Not only does the garden provide 'hands on’ and traditional learning opportunities but also a highly valuable focus on working together to achieve a shared goal.”