Coldingham pupils get busy with bulbs

Emma Henderson was amongst the green fingered pupils getting muddy at Coldingham planting bulbs around the Primary School
Emma Henderson was amongst the green fingered pupils getting muddy at Coldingham planting bulbs around the Primary School

CHILDREN, parents and school staff at Coldingham Primary School got busy with their trowels in an attempt to plant 2012 bulbs on Monday.

They put in daffodils, snowdrops, and crocuses to brighten up the playground and encourage wildlife in the spring.

The initiative forms part of a project to transform the existing traditional playground into a space more encouraging of natural play and learning.

It is being co-ordinated by the Parents and Friends of Coldingham Primary School and has involved consultation with all the pupils, staff and parents and carers at the school.

The amount of 2012 bulbs was chosen to mark the year the project began.

Head teacher Mr Ward said: ‘I am delighted with the energy everyone is putting into this project. Improving the outdoor space for children ultimately benefits every aspect of school life for all who spend time here. A stimulating natural environment offering children the opportunity to run around, explore, and use their imaginations is not only of benefit physically but also improves social relationships and the ability to concentrate and learn while inside the classroom.

‘The children have told us that their top priorities are climbing, running, playing games with friends and den-building. They also want more wildlife, flowers and trees in the playground. It’s wonderful to see the whole community coming together to help them achieve this.’

The school has received a donation of £1,200 towards the playground improvements from St Abbs Harbour Trust and was recently awarded a grant of £2,500 from the Drone Hill Community Fund.

These donations are being used to buy new playground markings and a trim trail, voted for and chosen by the children.

Mr Ward said: “We are extremely grateful to both the St Abbs Harbour Trust and the Community Fund for their donations. These two grants will make a real difference to our playground – not only for our pupils but also for community groups such as Rainbows and Brownies, and for those children who use the space outside of school time.”