Work is underway at Bugthorpe Primary School on the Anniversary Garden project to mark 50 years of the ‘new school’.
The idea was first muted by the children in the School Council back in February.
They thought it would be a good idea to run a competition for the children in the school to design an anniversary garden. The winning drawings were incorporated into one larger design and work commenced recently to bring that to fruition. The old footings for an oil tank were ripped up and replaced with top soil, which will be shaped into mounds covering a tunnel made from an old pipe, big enough for the children to run through. The rest of the soil will be used for raised flower beds. Paths will be laid, leading to a large ceramic ‘50’, made from tiles embossed with everyone’s hands from the school, children and staff. Headteacher Angela Ekers said: “It is really exciting because we have some parents who were children at this school, so there’s some history involved. There is a lot of memories involved. It’s just lovely to have a shared celebration and bring together the old and the new.”
During this term the children will be planting flowers and laying the paths themselves as part of an outdoor classroom scheme running in the school. It is hoped the project will all be finished in time for the Anniversary Open Day on 20 June.
As part of the project, old photographs of Bugthorpe Primary will be going on display inside the school and ex-pupils will be attending assemblies to talk to children about what the school used to be like. If you have any old photographs of Bugthorpe Primary, call the school on 01759 368247.