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School pupils get their hands dirty in celebration of spring


Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities

Eaton Valley Primary School pupil painting Eaton Valley Primary School pupil painting

School pupils from Eaton Valley Primary School celebrated the start of Spring and created their own Easter-inspired masterpieces during a planting and painting workshop to run by Sanctuary Maintenance.

During the workshop the skilled estates team taught the pupils all there is to know about plants and what they need to grow. The year four pupils will use this new found knowledge as they compete with their classmates to grow the tallest sunflower. 

As well as showing the classes how to plant their sunflower and passing on tips on how to speed up the flower’s growth, the estates team helped each pupil to personalise their own miniature ceramic plant pot. 

Sanctuary Maintenance worked closely with Dulux, who kindly donated brightly coloured paints for the children to use to transform their plain ceramic plant pot into a thing of beauty using wacky designs.  

As part of a new relationship between the contractor and the primary school, Sanctuary Maintenance will provide grounds maintenance services to Eaton Valley Primary over the next twelve months.

Sue Ramsay, head teacher at Eaton Valley Primary, said: “It is brilliant to see our pupils engaging with the estates team who will have a real presence at the school over the next 12 months 

“The pupils really enjoyed getting their hands dirty and putting some of their classroom learning into practice”.

Eaton Valley Primary School, Sandwell, has over 394 pupils and is situated on the edge of Sandwell Valley Country Park, surrounded by attractive green space that provides an ideal learning environment for the students.

The event was organised as part of Sanctuary Maintenance’s pledge to support the local communities they work in and young people in particular. The national maintenance contractor looks forward to running similar initiatives with local schools over the coming months.


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