St Francis' 
Catholic Primary School 
 
 
A very warm welcome to St Francis' Catholic Primary School  
 
 
The Pond 
 
GRAND OPENING 3 October 
Following our Feast Day Mass, the congregation walked along to the Pond where Father Reg cut the ribbon and blessed us with Holy Water. He planted an apple tree with the help of the School Council. 
 
We would to say a huge thankyou to the group of Friends' who helped to take this project to fruitation. It is an absolutely outstanding outside learning area. Now we need lots of volunteers to help to look after this reasonably low maintenance area
 
The restoration of the pond area is now very much underway. Stage one of the project was completed back in June when volunteers came together to clear the area of weeds and debris. This was a very successful day and as you can see from the photographs a substantial amount of work was carried out. Stage two of the project quickly got underway which consisted of the pond being emptied and completely relined and a pond dipping platform was then erected. A bespoke shelter with a roof was also commissioned to be built to enable the children to sit and work in the area even when it is raining. Once the building work has been completed stage three of the project will be to landscape the area to include a path and further seating areas for the children. It is hoped that the pond area will grow and evolve over time to include a bug area and wildflower meadow which will hopefully attract lots of varied wildlife for the children to study and explore. 
 
Restoration of the pond area is a costly project and funds raised by the friends of St Francis have been used to fully fund this. This could not have been done however without the generosity of the parents/carers and children of St Francis school attending the various events and contributing so generously. 
 
Once the restoration of the pond has been completed maintenance of the area will have to be considered for the long term. General maintenance will need to be carried out on a regular basis and ideas which are currently being considered are parent and child pond days when parents will be invited to come into school and visit the pond with their children and pull up a weed or two in order to keep the area in good working order and an enjoyable place for the children to spend time learning. More photographs of the pond will be added to the website in due course as the various stages are completed so come back and visit soon for further updates! Thank you. 
 
 
The School Council helping Fr Reg plant an apple tree 
Two of our parents sharing the wonders of the restored area with Fr Reg. They and others put in hours of design and digging so that we can all enjoy this tranquil but equally fascinating learning environment. 
 
 
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