There was a double celebration at Scoill Phurt le Moirrey when parents and pupils came together to officially open the new wildlife garden and to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary.
The garden is a haven for insects, birds and animals, which will be a great resource for the school and its pupils.
A recycled glass path has been installed to allow access with insect hotels, hedgehog homes and nest boxes set among the plants.
With help from Ballagawne Nurseries all the planting is both beneficial for wildlife and safe for a school too.
The project was part funded by the Manx Lottery Trust and part by the PTFA (parents teachers and friends association), who ran cake sales, beach cleans and other events to raise additional funds.
Lulu Gillow from the Manx Lottery Trust paid tribute to the commitment shown by the project team to bring the garden to life, and the involvement of groups including Men in Sheds, the Isle of Man Prison and Probation Service, Port St Mary and Rushen Parish Commissioners, Sport Erin and the Southern Gardeners’ Club.
Head teacher Sue Mowle thanked the PTFA and parent Michelle Haywood for their hard work in bringing such a great facility to completion.
Formalities completed, everyone tucked into picnics, there was a football tournament and traditional races including an egg and spoon race (with real eggs!) and a very messy water fight. An attempt was made to break the record for throwing and catching raw eggs. The maximum was 12.5 metres which fell sadly short of the 72 metre world record, but great fun was had in the attempt.
Mrs Mowle said: ‘It was great fun and a lovely way to mark turning 20 by opening a new feature of the school and something sustainable for future generations as well. A lot of thought and effort has gone into it.’
She added: ‘We are looking forward to what wildlife takes up home there and there is a camera link to the school to see any nesting.’
- Former members of the school choir are invited to rehearse with present members from 2.30pm to 4pm on July 12 for a concert at 7pm.