Thursday, 21 September 2017

Parents take part in Miracle Morning school transformation

MORE than 30 parents and grandparents met at Caversham Primary School last week to transform the reception play area.

MORE than 30 parents and grandparents met at Caversham Primary School last week to transform the reception play area.

The project, dubbed the ‘Miracle Morning’, involved volunteers giving up a few hours to clean, dig, paint and build an educational space for the 90 youngest pupils. Local businesses donated goods, including a raised planter, shed, paint, wood and top soil, plants, seeds and children’s gardening equipment.

Parents recently raised £2,000 through a cake sale, and the sum has been matched by Vodafone.

The school is also planning to install chalk boards and create a sensory area with mirrors. Interactive murals will be painted along one wall by students of Highdown School in Emmer Green.

Volunteer Caroline Gratrix said: “This is a really exciting project. The children will have their own digging area where they can germinate their own seeds and they will be able to grow their own snacks in the garden.Everything out here is educational — it is all about taking responsibility and a sense of purpose.

“The children will now have opportunities to take part in outdoor learning during the day. Even when it is raining, the teachers put glitter in the puddles and the children still go outside.

“It just shows that a few people putting in effort can make this happen.”

Clare Jones, early years leader, said: “It is unbelievable. I only started here in September and when I came to look around the school this was the thing that needed to be sorted out.

“To have this going on today is pretty amazing. The atmosphere is lovely and so many people have given up their time.

“The children will love it. The area was just so dull before because it had not been touched for six years.”

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