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Great Gonerby pupils test out their gardening and dancing skills

Green-fingered pupils at a village school have spruced up their school frontage thanks to a £200 donation.

Great Gonerby Parish Council donated the funds to St Sebastian’s Primary School as part of a wider scheme to improve the appearance of the entire village.

The school has already used part of the funds to purchase a selection of gardening tools to help set up the its very first gardening club.

King’s School student, Tom, 16, is volunteering at the school as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

He has already helped to clear the front of the school of its weeds and helped with the gardening club preparation.

He said: “I used to attend St Sebastian’s so I was only too happy to help out. I am volunteering for an hour a week for three months. We have purchased bulbs, spades and other gardening equipment ready for the launch of the gardening club in September.”

Jeff Thompson, vice- chairman of the parish council, attended a presentation at the school earlier this week to see the new gardening tools.

He said: “We created a High Street enhancement scheme, included in our budget for this year. We asked householders living along the High Street whether they would be happy for the parish council to install hanging baskets on their walls and was delighted to receive such a good response.

“But it is not just householders. The school is very much part of the High Street, so it was a great way to get them involved.”

As well as gardening, pupils have also been experiencing what life is like in India.

A company offering ‘The Indian Experience’ visited the school earlier this month to give them a practical

arts based experience of festivals, landscapes, stories and traditions from the country.

The children learned about the Indian festival of Holi, dressed up in traditional clothing, made traditional Rangoli artwork and learned about the Indian lifestyle and culture.

Indian experience day. (2678315)
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