Broadhembury school unveils new spirituality garden

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 29 June 2018

Nick Cook of the NPS Group opens the revamped school area at Branscombe primary school. Ref mhh 25 18TI 6095. Picture: Terry Ife

Nick Cook of the NPS Group opens the revamped school area at Branscombe primary school. Ref mhh 25 18TI 6095. Picture: Terry Ife

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A new spirituality garden has been unveiled at Broadhembury Primary School.

The opening of the school area at Branscombe primary school. Ref mhh 25 18TI 6094. Picture: Terry IfeThe opening of the school area at Branscombe primary school. Ref mhh 25 18TI 6094. Picture: Terry Ife

The garden, which is the brainchild of a surveyor from NPS South West Ltd, the school’s property consultants, is a calm place for reflection for youngsters to use at playtimes.

Katie Gray, head at Broadhembury Primary School, said: “A couple of years ago, when fitting a new heating system, the company suggested creating an area for the children out of a disused courtyard.

“The area has been transformed to be a calm, reflective space for the children to use at playtimes.

“The fire board fence that had to be installed between the building and the fuel tank has been painted with a mural that the children designed.

“It depicts bible stories that link to our school values.”

Nick Cook, assistant director of NPS South West Ltd, was invited to cut the ribbon to open the area.

The garden was then blessed by vicar the Reverend John Hayhoe.

Mr Cook said: “It really was superb to see how the imaginative ideas of the children had been converted into reality by your team to provide a bright and colourful external space for the children to enjoy.

“The team here at NPS South West Ltd were pleased to see how the area that we had created had been developed and was now being used by the children.”

The garden was also recognised in the school’s recent Diocese ‘SIAMS’ inspection report, which it got an outstanding grade for.

The report recognised the value of the area by noting the ‘opportunities for prayer and quiet reflection, for instance, in the classroom or spiritual garden are integral to the school day’.

Mrs Gray added: “It was important to us to officially open our new spirituality garden and for the Reverend Hayhoe to bless it.

“The children expressed eloquently their thoughts about the garden and how much they enjoy using it for quiet reflection and prayer. After the ribbon had been cut, the whole school joined together for drinks and cake to celebrate the afternoon.”

Before the ribbon was cut, the pupils from the school’s ethos team shared their views about the garden. Sophia said: “This is a special place to us because we are a Christian school. We need to have a place to be with God.”

William added: “We use the area to be calm. We pray and think about our day so far and our day ahead.”

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