The combined team from James Brindley School, Lovell and Optima
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
The pupils of James Brindley Parkway School look set for a tasty education after creating their own vegetable patch at school. After using their maths skills to measure the planting beds, they planted their vegetables and are now looking forward to using the vegetables in GCSE Catering lessons.
Shortly before breaking up for Christmas, the pupils joined forces with employees from affordable housebuilder and regeneration specialist Lovell and housing association Optima Community Association, both of whom enjoyed being involved in the project as part of their regular engagement in the communities in which they work.
The first part of the work was done in the summer, with the planned site being cleared, dug and prepared, then the job was completed with the planting, which was done by a green-fingered team of pupils, teachers and employees.
Justine McDermott, Teaching Assistant at James Brindley Parkway, said:
"Lovell helped us create a fabulous new vegetable patch and with guidance and support given by experts about how to establish the garden, the pupils were taught how to care for their own plants and vegetables. All pupils were engaged in learning how to tend to their own vegetables and I am sure they will be excited to watch them grow over a period of time. They are looking forward to being able to use them in GCSE lessons for Catering and carrying out further measuring of the beds before planting, linking this to GCSE Maths."
Carl Yale, Partnering Manager for Lovell in the Midlands, added:
"We really enjoy getting involved in this type of project in the communities where we are working and had a great time with the staff and pupils at James Brindley Parkway. Our team, led by Resident Liaison Officer Earl Patrick, really worked hard with the school and Optima to make this happen. I hope the vegetables grow well and we get invited to lunch next summer!"
Martyn Hale, Managing Director of Family Optima Housing, part of WM Housing Group, said:
"We have formed an excellent working partnership with Lovell not only in relation to delivery of the external refurbishment of nearby Ottawa Tower but their passion to engage with and give something back to the local community has exceeded our expectations.”