Ro­tary goes wild at pri­mary school

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner -

Ro­tar­i­ans are al­ways on hand to help and en­cour­age our young­sters. A dis­used and for­got­ten pond area at a vil­lage pri­mary school has been trans­formed into an in­spi­ra­tional out­door learn­ing area with the sup­port of Deep­ings Ro­tary Club.

Over a num­ber of years the pond at the back of the play­ing field at Linch­field Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School in Deep­ing St James had been out of use and fenced off for safety rea­sons. How­ever, the school’s out­door learn­ing co-or­di­na­tor, Year Six teacher Scott Reeve, was not pre­pared to see such a po­ten­tially valu­able learn­ing op­por­tu­nity go to waste.

He ap­proached the Ro­tary Club for help and mem­bers will­ingly con­trib­uted £200 to­wards the project. The Friends of Linch­field School also pro­vided gen­er­ous fund­ing and, thanks to the ef­forts of pupils and lo­cal firm Deep In Gar­den, we are de­lighted to re­port that the pond has been re­stored and re­ju­ve­nated.

Mr Reeve said: “We are very grate­ful to the Friends of Lin- chfield School and the Ro­tary Club for their sup­port. The pond has now been re­de­vel­oped and is a great learn­ing re­source for the pupils.”

The project was of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to the Ro­tary Club, keen to help with restor­ing the pond hav­ing been in­volved when it was first in­tro­duced at the school.

Ro­tary Club Pres­i­dent Ken Lit­tle­more said: “The Ro­tary Club is al­ways pleased to su- pport com­mu­nity projects such as this and de­lighted to know that the pond will be a valu­able learn­ing re­source for chil­dren at the school for many years to come.”

An­other lo­cal suc­cess - Sa­muel Davies of Up­wood School re­cently won first place in the Ro­tary District Ju­nior Pho­tog­ra­pher com­pe­ti­tion. His work was judged best amongst en­tries from young pople across eight coun­ties in the Cen­tral and East of Eng­land. Sa­muel and his fam­ily at­tended the awards cer­e­mony at De Mont­fort Univer­sity, Le­ices­ter.

Sa­muel had been placed first by Ram­sey Ro­tary Club in a lo­cal heat. His en­try was then for­warded to the district-wide com­pe­ti­tion.

This year the en­try re­quire­ment was to pro­duce a port­fo­lio of three pho­to­graphs rep­re­sent­ing “Our World is Beau­ti­ful” in colour or black and white on pho­to­graphic pa­per. Each print, in­clud­ing mount, had to be no larger than A4. The win­ning pre­sen­ta­tion of a cer­tifi­cate and award to Sa­muel was made by District Gov­er­nor Ge­off Blur­ton.

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