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Celebrating grand opening of garden

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A revamped sensory outdoor-learning garden has been officially opened as part of anniversary celebrations at Felton C of E First School.

The new-look facility was unveiled at a ceremony on Wednesday, June 11. The pupils sang songs and gave readings during the festivities.

The school is currently celebrating its ruby anniversary, to mark being at the same site for 40 years.

The aim of the garden is to provide a happy, child-led area where the pupils can use their imagination while stimulating the five senses.

A decked performance stage/outdoor-learning classroom has been built as part of the area’s transformation.

There is also an outdoor blackboard, magical mirror, raised scented bed and storytelling seating around the tree stump.

A tactile pathway has been created and has been decorated by the children and edged with scented and rustling plants.

There is also a wildlife zone where the children can discover the natural world of mini-beasts, a bug hotel and a little wooden hut to help the pupils to become nature detectives.

The project was funded by the Felton School Friends Association, who raised more than £900 for the cause, which included donations from parents.

A number of people and businesses also donated materials and their time voluntarily for the garden and thanks have been given to everyone who was involved.

Those to help included Armstrong Fencing and Landscaping, Com-vert, NTD Ltd, Murray Hogg Ltd, as well as Andrew Towers, Neil Gow and Gillie Stapleton.

Joint headteacher Nichola Brannen said: “This has been an amazing project.

“Our old garden was looking very tired and unloved. The new-look garden is a magical place where your imagination can go wild.

“The children have been so excited by it and they have explored it. It is fantastic.

“We thank everyone involved for their tireless help to make this project a reality.”

The grand opening of the garden was followed by a sports morning.

The school’s ruby celebrations have been ongoing throughout the current academic year.

In February, the school hosted a special tea party with a birthday cake.

The past has been revisited through collections of photographs, pictures and old documents.

 

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