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Recent News:

Greenfingers!

As the holidays approach, we usually put together a watering rota for the school garden. If you are free to take your children down to the garden on a particular day or week over the summer to water the plants, please let us know as this will be a great help. The same also applies if you're able to come along and help out with playground improvements or gardening during the holidays.

Please email or phone either Helen Rolph (hjrolph@gmail.com / 07811 384083) or Susan Taylor (matboffice@yahoo.co.uk / 07882 942945) if you are able to help out with the garden and playground work over the summer and beyond.

Very best wishes

Helen and Susan


Easter Gardening and Playground Improvements

A very special thanks to the few volunteers who gave their time to help improve the playgrounds and garden area during the Spring Break.

In terms of the work that as undertaken, Susan Taylor and Helen Rolph, along with a small number of volunteer helpers, managed to undertake the following:

  • paint both dens
  • cleaned up the toadstool area which was also painted
  • the playground mural was refreshed with a new background colour
  • wooden fences were painted
  • a new garden path was installed (still to be finished)
  • a new planter wall was built along the length of the wall at The Afty
  • filled the new planter with 8 wheelbarrows of soil collected from the front of the school once all the weeds were sieved out
  • a sandpit was placed in the P1 playground; this was found in the garden last year all rusted and ready for the skip, but was refurbished and had a lid made for it, so will hopefully squeeze another couple of years out of it; therefore, a great example of recycling

One of the most popular "amendments" in the playground was the addition of a steering wheel on the "Pennies for Playgrounds" boat. Unfortunately, this was broken within the first week due to a child fleeing a wasp, and hopefully a replacement (steering wheel not child!) will be obtained asap.

Unfortunately, there were a lot of jobs that the volunteers didn't manage to start or complete due to running out of time and also too few volunteers. However, the volunteers who came along could not have been more inspired and motivated and returned more than once throughout the holidays to climb the mountain of jobs/tasks.

It is hoped that the next request for the Summer Break Clean Up will bring in more volunteers, as there is a lot of work that needs to be undertaken to improve and maintain the garden and the school playgrounds, to ensure that they are maximised as attractive, enjoyable, educational and fun learning and play areas for all of our kids at the school.

Work that wasn't able to be done on this occasion, but is planned for the Summer Break, includes creating another boat and painting the seaside mural; but really, there is a lot of work still to do, and then there's the ongoing maintenance beyond that.

We cannot stress enough the importance for volunteers to come on board to help with these ongoing improvements. Therefore, we'd like to start collecting contact numbers of parents and carers (and children) potentially willing to give some of their time and energy for future Clean Up events, initially over the summer. Even if you can only spare a day or a few hours, it all helps spread the workload.

Please text Susan Taylor on 07882 942 945 and ask to be added to the HPS Clean Ups mailing list.

The Head Teacher, Ms Helen Brown, says: "Everyone is amazed and appreciates the wonderful work that has been done all over the school campus by Susan and Helen and the parent/pupil helpers. [The children] are very excited about getting involved, they are also bouncing with enthusiasm about their nature topic and would love to take on some duties and activities in the school garden this term."


Playground/Garden Volunteers Needed

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP OUT WITH THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND AND GARDEN IMPROVEMENTS DURING THE EASTER BREAK

School break is upon us - 3 potential weekends to carry out much needed tasks in order to improve playground areas.

However, on weekdays except for 13 & 14 April, work improving the playground and garden will still be ongoing (weather permitting); therefore, help during the week would gladly be welcomed too.

There is a list of tasks to be carried out - which range from general cleaning to painting...

If there is anyone out there happy to spare a few hours during the hols, please text 07882 942945 with the date(s) you're available and the approximate time you can come along.

Please note the following:

If you bring along your children then it's likely they'll be painting too, so please ensure suitable clothing is worn.

We would like to see a big difference this year in all the playground areas and have some cracking projects for the kids to get involved in.

If your kids come along to help during the hols then they will become the 'trailblazers' and inspire their friends and classmates once school resumes with these projects.

Please also bring along spare paint, paint brushes, etc.

The Afty building will also be available for shelter/toilet/hot drinks while the holiday club children are away on outings - currently planned for the 5th, 7th, 11th and 13th. Any time between 10ish and 5ish.

Please come along and help out at some point during the holidays, even if it's just for a couple of hours on a single day. The kids will probably love it too!


Garden News

You may have noticed a few changes around the school grounds, thanks in large part to a huge effort from Susan Taylor (Parent Council Additional Member), who has been in working away after school and at weekends to improve the outdoor environment around the school.

Helen and Susan have also been discussing some of the plans for the school garden and playgrounds. One of these is to get the garden 'ready for winter'. This involves getting the raised beds fixed and planting some winter crops (kale and brassicas). We are also looking to do a general tidy and clean up around the grounds before the bad weather hits.

If you would like to help out, we have the following jobs that need to be done:

  • wash the bike shelter
  • general weeding and tidying around the garden and playgrounds
  • painting / decorating wheelie bin planters
  • painting the toadstoools
  • fixing noticeboards in the garden
  • painting and decorating the garden gate

If anyone is free at anytime and would like to help out, please contact Helen at hjrolph@gmail.com.


School Garden

At Hyndland Primary we are keen to promote outdoor learning. The school garden is currently maintained by green fingered parent Helen Rolph, but she needs help. Would you be able to volunteer some of your time? She is always looking for volunteers to help out not just in the school garden, but with the plants dotted around the playgrounds too. You could water the gardens and pots, help with planting, digging and preparing plants and seeds for classes.

Helen will be looking for parent volunteers to help her with the gardening projects, so whether or not you are good with a trowel or can tell the difference between a plant and a week, all-comers are welcome. If you are interested please email Helen Rolph at hjrolph@gmail.com.


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