Lots on the menu at Ayton

IT’s been a busy few weeks for pupils at Ayton Primary School- as well as putting their culinary skills to test in the surroundings of their new kitchen, they have also been helping to design a tartan for the school.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 26th February 2012, 6:04 am

Heasdteacher at Ayton and neighbouring Reston Primary, Louise Sanders said the kitchen had been a real godsend for her pupils as the previous kitchen had “become a bit of a dumping ground.”

Work on the brand spanking new cooking area began last summer following years of fundraising from parents who were just as keen as the children themselves to have a better kitchen at the school.

“I can’t thank all of the local tradesmen who worked on the kitchen enough,” Mrs Sanders said.

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“And a massive thank you to all of the parents too who worked so hard for a long time to get the money. The children absolutely love it.”

Pupils made the most of the new facilities available to them last week by cooking up an array of tasty treats but it’s not just their baking skills that have been put to good use recently.

Creative juices have been flowing in the classroom as well where youngsters have been getting in touch with their artistic sides to create a special Ayton Primary tartan.

On hand to give them a history of tartan and guide them through the design process was Norham’s Ronnie Hek, an established name in the world of tartan for the last 19 years.

Children each designed their own tartan first before bringing together their ideas to create one for the school, incorporating the traditional school colours. Then using a computer software package, Ronnie was able to bring their thoughts to life.

And he was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the pupils and the finished design they came up with.

Praising his young tartan protégés, Ronnie said: “I’d done a number of school tartans previously as part of the ‘Bridging the Borders’ programme. I worked with pupils at Norham, Tweedmouth, Ford, Tweedbank, Bonchester Bridge and Sprouston.

“Mrs Sanders was at Sprouston at the time so when she moved to Ayton and Reston she asked if I’d do something similar at those two schools. I went to Reston first a few weeks ago and then Ayton.

“The children at both schools were absolutely fantastic. Things were made a bit easier at Ayton as the school already has its own colours and all of the pupils were keen to include those in the tartan.

“Designing the school tartan didn’t take very long because the children were so enthusiatic and had such good ideas. I was able to put two or three of their ideas on the computer and then they also designed their own personal tartans- the colours were a bit brighter for those ones!

“They all seemed happy with what we came up with for the school tartan and I’ll keep a hold of it incase they want it to be made up. It would be great for them to be able to see their ideas made into a proper tartan.”

Having benefitted from the fundraising efforts of parents, pupils at Ayton will join forces with their peers at Reston Primary to raise money for the British Heart Foundation next month with a sponsored skipathon.

Ayton pupils will pick up their ropes on Thursday, March 8 with Reston following suit on March 9.