More than 60 grandparents took a trip back to as they joined Pre-Prep pupils in the classroom.
Grannies and granddads of all Pre-Prep pupils were invited into their classroom to get involved with an afternoon of gardening based activities and lessons. Unafraid to get their hands muddy, they got stuck right in to planting wellington boots and flower pots, making wind chimes and decorating pots!
Local Cirencester Garden Centre, Dobbies, kindly donated plants towards the afternoon’s activities and Annabel Lewis, Community Champion, came along to help out - with some very successful and colourful wellie planting.
Headteacher Mr Mark Pearce said the afternoon was a huge success with all grandparents keen to take part and get stuck in with the gardening activities. All the grandparents had a lovely afternoon and felt it was a great idea and very well organised. Julie Grindrod, Grandma to one of the Reception boys said: “I had a wonderful time this afternoon with the boys. And it was very nice to meet with the other Grandparents.”
Mr Pearce said: “It really is a delight to watch the grandparents and children working together. The children were so excited that their grandparents had come along for the day and it was a wonderful opportunity for the grandparents to see the work the children had been doing and to take an active part in their school day. Normally it is the parents taking an active role in their child’s education but we must not forget the important role that grandparents play in supporting their children’s education.”
Following all their hard work gardening, the grannies and granddads were treated to ‘tea and tiny cake’ in the sunshine in the Pre-Prep garden with a chance to also explore the school’s newly installed polytunnel, meet the chickens and even watch a spot of the Wednesday afternoon Cricket fixture on the Astro! They were then each handed a tomato plant (grown in the polytunnel) and entered into a little competition to see who could grow the biggest tomato by 14 July … watch this space!