Volunteers breathe new life into school learning area

A team of volunteers from Centrica’s South Humber Bank power station, its contract partners and other local businesses have helped transform an outside learning area at Ormiston South Parade Academy in Grimsby.

Outside learning at South Parade

The new area, which is used daily by 75 four and five year-old pupils at the Academy, officially opens today (15th April).
 
The DIY SOS style project saw the team take on the build project over the course of three days last week (7th, 8th and 11th April). The main elements of the work were to replace a leaking roof and an old decking area to help extend the learning environment beyond the classroom.
 
The newly refurbished area now includes a puzzle wall, mud kitchen and sand pit, as well as educational boards and road signs to help the pupils learn and be safe.
 
Gwen Garland and Darren Flemming who arranged the project and are part of the team at Centrica’s South Humber Bank power station, said: "We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the team, our suppliers and other local companies who have all donated so much time, materials and toys to make this possible. The tight timeframe has made the project a challenge, but it shows what great things can be achieved when people pull together.
 
"Centrica gives its teams two days a year to use on volunteering projects, and this year the community committee at South Humber decided to try and club together to take on one large project. The response from everyone was more than we ever expected. We’re really proud of the results and hope it’s made a difference which the pupils will enjoy for years to come."
 
Jane Nolan, Principal at Ormiston South Parade Academy, said: "We are absolutely delighted with our fantastic new Early Years play area and immensely grateful to the large number of organisations and staff who have so kindly donated to this project.
 
"This unique outdoor learning environment will provide pupils at Ormiston South Parade Academy with places to explore, opportunities to experiment and discover and an area in which to be active and healthy while developing their physical capabilities.
 
"Our young learners are thrilled to have such a wonderful outdoor space which will be enjoyed by many pupils over the coming years and I would like to say a very big 'thank you' to everyone who has given so generously."