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Abbey CE Academy hosts spring flower planting event for local infant school

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  • 9th May 2022 08:25

Abbey CE Academy hosts spring flower planting event for local infant school

On 21st April, Abbey CE Academy in Daventry, a junior school taking pupils from Y3-6, hosted children from St James Infant School for a day of gardening on the academy’s grounds. 90 Year 1 and 2 pupils from St James and 180 pupils at the Abbey planted over 300 sunflower seeds around the school fields, setting the stage for a dazzling summer display of flowers. 


Enjoying the beautiful spring weather, pupils from the infant school and the Abbey CE Academy not only planted seeds throughout the fields, but also scattered seeds for a wildflower meadow that will provide a new area of calm and serene nature for the pupils at the Abbey. Finally, all 270 pupils were invited to plant a sunflower each to take home with them. This way over the summer they can tend to their saplings and enjoy watching the flower bloom outside of school. 


In between patting the soil around their new plants, pupils were also treated to a series of activities including prayer writing, drawing and chalk drawing, allowing their creative sides to bloom as well. 


Tricia Robertson, Principal at The Abbey CE Academy, said: 

“As a Church of England school, making a positive impact on the wild around us is an important part of our ethos. Our vision 'Together, anything is impossible' inspires us to work together to make change.  Growing a wildflower meadow provides a habitat for bees and other insects. We chose sunflowers as they are the symbol for Ukraine and we are thinking about people who are suffering because of war. 


“It was a joy to see the pupils enjoying the sunny spring weather, and they were delighted not only to be creating what will be such a beautiful display of flowers, but also to be taking home their very own sunflower souvenirs at the end of the day. We look forward to hosting St James pupils again in the near future and will now wait eagerly to watch our first flowers grow!”