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Celebration of new Gardens

posted 19 Sep 2017, 04:10 by Tracey Ashby
On Friday 15th September we had a 'Garden Party' to celebrate and thank the many people who had supported us to raise funds to redevelop the garden in Blue corridor. We welcomed a number of parents,children, staff and Kate our chair of Governors, to enjoy a few cakes and the opportunity to see and experience our new outdoor learning space. We also welcomed the men from Cadent (National Grid) who kindly cleared the site for us free of charge, saving us thousands of pounds. This enabled the work to be completed over the summer break. We also had a number of members of the Dove choir who kindly donated the proceeds from their last concert to the garden fund. Everyone felt that it was a vast improvement and that it was now an outside learning space that the children could explore safely. 

The children have been making full use of the outside learning space since we have come back in September. The new car track has been a huge success with many children enjoying role-play, by filling cars with petrol at the wooden play pump. Another firm favourite activity is swinging in the hammocks; the children are sharing with their peers and are starting to develop the concept of turn taking. We have also purchased a number of new free standing equipment which we can rotate around the garden to continually add interest for the children, These include: textured stepping stones, tunnels, tents, trampolines and role play pirate costumes for our wooden play ship. 

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank the people who were unable to attend the 'Garden Party' and extend our most heartfelt gratitude as we would not have been able to achieve this fantastic outcome without your support; The parents who raised so much for the Pioneer Steps sponsored walk , the family and friends of Marcia Kirby for your most generous donation, Gaiety Balloons in Brentwood and the Oasis cafe of Peace in St Martins Church Basildon.