SCHOOL COLUMN: Alnwick South First School

Alnwick South First School's young reporters stop for a photograph while on their informative walk around The Alnwick Garden. Back row, from left: Tracy (Alnwick Garden), Dominic, Emma, Tia, Sophie and Fiona (Alnwick Garden). Front row: Kate and Jess.
Alnwick South First School's young reporters stop for a photograph while on their informative walk around The Alnwick Garden. Back row, from left: Tracy (Alnwick Garden), Dominic, Emma, Tia, Sophie and Fiona (Alnwick Garden). Front row: Kate and Jess.

FLEDGLING REPORTERS VISIT THE GARDEN

Young reporters from Alnwick South First School were given the opportunity to visit the Alnwick Garden to find out about events happening before Christmas.

The children, aged from 6 to 9 years, were made very welcome by Fiona and Tracy, who work for the very popular local attraction. The young reporters asked lots of questions and took photographs as they were shown around.

The reporters saw some of the gardeners at work during the visit. Leaves and petals were falling off in the rose gardens and on some of the plants, leaves were changing colour. Dominic, one of the young reporters, said: “My favourite part was when we saw the monkeys in the trees. I love monkeys because they are funny.”

Emma, from Young Reporter’s Club, also liked the monkeys: “I liked seeing all the lights. I liked to see the monkeys in the trees. You could see through the trees and the monkeys were hanging there.”

Fiona and Tracy took them into the labyrinth where some of the gardeners were chopping down the bushes. The bushes are huge and it was impossible to see over the top of them. It was just as well that Fiona and Tracy knew the way back out again. The reporters might still have been there!

The Big Winter Adventure began on Saturday, November 23, and lasts until Christmas Eve. It will be open from 11am until 7pm, it is for charity and absolutely anyone can come. Santa is coming to the gardens with his cheeky elves. Meet Mrs Claus, help her look for her specs, solve riddles to open the magic cook book (Santa likes to eat her Christmas cake!), play games with the elves and get a little present from Santa.

The lights are switching on every day at 4pm to 7pm. You can go outside and look at the lights, go into the café, play games, read books or listen to stories told by Jack Frost in the frosted story zone. There will also be hot drinks and newspapers for the adults. The only day that the garden will be closed in the winter season is Christmas Day.

Young reporter Tia said: “I like the idea because everyone can be involved. The whole family can be busy: Adults in the café, drinking hot chocolate while the children play games or go to see Santa.”

Young Reporter’s Club had a great trip out to Alnwick Garden on November 13!

Jointly written by Young Reporter’s Club: Tia (Year 4), Dominic (Year 4), Sophie (Year 3), Emma (year 3), Kate (Year 2), Jess (Year 2).