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Wincanton Primary School thanks the community for a huge volunteer DIY effort

Sunday 12 May 2019, 14:02
By Aly Flynn

Wincanton Primary School pupils thank the community for their generous DIY support

With help from a team of 34 volunteers, including parents, staff and members of the community, on Saturday 16th March 2019, Wincanton Primary School held a DIY SOS day!

The day resulted in six classrooms being decorated, the copse area being cleared and an 8m x 4m decked stage area was built in the playground for the children to use in their playtimes, for outdoor assemblies and other events.

Graeme Wilson, Headteacher, was overwhelmed by the support demonstrated, as well as the kindness and generosity of local companies who provided all the materials used on the day. Yeovil Fencing Store donated the decking, Jason King Decorators supplied the paint, and support came from Dulux, Kelaways of Wincanton, Travis Perkins and Sydenhams in Gillingham. Thanks also to Luke Hiscock Decorators Ltd, Kevin Street Decorators and JLM Decorators.

Following the opening of the new 8-class extension at the school, staff and parents wanted to bring the original Victorian building up to modern standards, uniting the two buildings together in décor and facilities. A huge amount was achieved with the team working from 8am to 6pm throughout the day, with fantastic results. Every classroom in the original building is now refreshed, complementing the classrooms in the new building. The children were in awe and very excited when they entered their classrooms on Monday, and when they saw the surprise new stage in their playground.

“In times of financial hardship and education turmoil it is overwhelming to see how our community have pulled together to support our school, giving new life to a tired Victorian building and safe working and playing areas for our children to develop concepts and theories. There was such a buzz around the school, with people eager to improve our facilities and ensure our children get the very best we can offer.

Ensuring the children’s learning environments are clean, fresh and purposeful will have a significant impact on the well-being of our pupils and staff, therefore securing better learning conditions for all. We really are so grateful to all the parents, companies and community members who supported us on this venture. We cannot say “thank you” enough.”

 - Graeme Wilson, Headteacher, Wincanton Primary School


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