School Council - Opening of the Sensory Garden

At the beginning of the year Lainesmead won a bid for £5,000 through the Tesco Bags of Help Community Help Scheme to create our own Sensory Garden in the School grounds.

The School Council took on this exciting project and designed plans for how they wanted the Sensory Garden to be, including considering how all of the senses could be stimulated to nurture and support all children and particularly those who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Mrs Painter chose the winning design which was drawn by our then year 4 School Council members, Charlie, Lexi and Josh.

On Thursday 21st September we were delighted to welcome Michelle and Sue from the local Tesco’s store to open the garden.

Mrs Painter made a short speech to open the event thanking Tesco’s for their donation. She also thanked Mr Kyson, the school Site Manager, and Mr Bayley, a volunteer for their hard work and dedication in clearing the area and setting up the garden.

Mrs Painter said “The Sensory Garden is a valuable asset to the school which could not have been created without the help of the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. It means that there is a safe and calm area for children within the school which supports the nurturing ethos that is so important to everyone involved in Lainesmead.”

The children are already responding positively to the garden with Lily, a School Council member, stating “I love it in the garden – it feels like such a special place!”

This is not the end of the school’s ambitious plans for their outside space. The School Council’s next project is to gain sponsorship for the purchase of hens, a hen coop, pygmy goats and a shelter for them. “Watch this space!”