Friday, 06 December 2019

Pupils plant 100 trees around school’s artificial pitch

Pupils plant 100 trees around school’s artificial pitch

PUPILS at the Oratory Preparatory School in Goring Heath have planted more than 100 saplings in the grounds.

The trees, which include elder, wild cherry, hazel and blackthorn, were donated by the Woodland Trust as part of a scheme to plant 64 million trees across Britain within 10 years.

Headmaster Rob Stewart helped children in the pre-prep department at the independent school to plant the saplings around the school’s artificial playing fields.

The department is working towards achieving the trust’s Green Tree Schools gold award by taking part in forest school sessions and recycling more. It has already reduced its plastic usage by 90 per cent.

Mr Stewart said: “The children loved having the opportunity to plant trees and learn more about the environment so it was a joy to be involved with this project. At a time of growing concern about our changing planet, it’s more important than ever to educate their generation about the positive impact they can have.”

Meanwhile, the prep school hosted a conference on leadership for more than 110 year 8 pupils.

Students from six other schools including the Oratory School and Langtree School, both in Woodcote, attended.

They were addressed by senior figures from food and drink manufacturers Mars Wrigley and PepsiCo and took part in team-building exercises.

Mr Stewart said it was a success and would help the children to “blossom into the great men and women of the future”.

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