Families give school grounds a makeover

Photo of adults and children on the June workday.

Parents, pupils and staff at Stoke Lodge Primary School have spent some of their free time sprucing up the school’s grounds on two weekend workdays organised by the parent forum.

A ‘spring clean up’ was held on Saturday 27th April, when the volunteers, armed with gardening tools, set about tidying up areas around the school that were looking a little tired. The children helped with litter picking and some planting of new shrubs and flowers.

The group received donations of soil and plants from Tesco and Almondsbury Garden Centre, while Patchway Building Supplies kindly provided a tonne of top soil and a tonne of bark. The materials were soon used up by the busy volunteers, who said they had been a great help.

Funds for further work were raised through a cake sale on Friday 3rd May and a ‘dress down’ day on Friday 17th May, which generated £68 and £208 respectively.

A second workday took place on Sunday 9th June, when tyres were filled with soil and planted up and the flower bed in the Key Stage 1 area was finished off.

Michelle Grail, Year 4 representative on the parent forum, said:

“The recent workdays were such a huge success and we have received many favourable comments about how much better the grounds are looking.”

“We plan to hold regular ‘spring clean up’ days throughout the year, so that we can keep our school looking clean and tidy all year round.”

The parent forum is a group of parents, teachers and community members that meets every term to improve communication with parents and carers and discuss ways of improving other aspects of the school.

Photo of children on the June workday.

Photos: Workday in the grounds on 9th June.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 24). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Postscript (7th August 2019)

Will Ferris, headteacher designate, added:

“It is an extremely exciting time at Stoke Lodge Primary as we work together to make our school stand out. The support from parents and pupils has helped us to smarten up the grounds and make our school an even more gorgeous place to be! We are so grateful for the generosity and donations. Watch out for our next clean up days, we hope to see as many members of our community there as possible.”

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