Tuesday, 9 June 2009

This afternoon I attended the opening of the "Woodlands Community Garden' at Middleton St Mary's CE Primary School...

"Nothing in life is more exciting and rewarding than the sudden flash of insight that leaves you a changed person - not only changed but changed for the better"

Cllr Judith Elliott, the new Lord Mayor of Leeds, officially opened the garden which was named after the previous headteacher Debbie Wood who died just over two years ago. Middleton St Mary's CE Primary School is a wonderful little school and the garden is a brilliant project led by two passionate, committed and wonderful women; Sarah Graham, the headteacher, and Sarah Tarrant, Higher Level Teaching Assistant. This picture shows the Lord Mayor, both Sarah's and Debbie's family.

We were all expecting rain but the sun shone and it was a brilliant afternoon. The school was packed with children, families and members of the local community who were enjoying a barbeque, stalls and live music and dancing! The school was also celebrating its international links with Ireland, Turkey and Belgium and it was the Turkish men who were leading the dancing. Some of the children had produced model gardens and two Year 6 boys models were simply outstanding... one a Chelsea Garden and the other a model of the 'Woodlands Community garden'. These two boys have a great future in design, architecture, horticulture or whatever else they might choose to do!

There is a fantastic energy at Middleton St Mary's CE Primary School and a real sense of a school and its community building something truly wonderful.

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