Last week children at Weston St Mary Church of England Primary school, a member of the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT), took part in a pumpkin decorating competition put on by local developer Emerald Homes. The competition saw children decorating and carving pumpkins kindly donated to them by Tyrrell Farms. The final designs were judged by Emerald Homes Manager, James Major-Mackay – who was so impressed with the children’s designs he awarded every pupil with a £10 voucher.
This is the second time, Emerald Homes and Weston St Mary’s have worked side by side in order to ensure pupils are given the freedom to express themselves creatively at school. Earlier in the year, Emerald Homes ran a competition in the school, giving students the opportunity to choose the of name their new housing development in Weston. James Major-Mackay says the close relationships between businesses and schools are essential to maintaining a strong local community people can feel proud to be a part of.
“It’s really positive to support the local community by getting involved with the school. This is the second event we have run in conjunction with the school and we hope to continue to support the school again.”
Adding to James’ comments, Rachel Walker, Head of School, believes it’s important for the children to grow up feeling connected to the community they’re growing up in.
“It’s really supportive of Emerald Homes to get involved in our school. Many of our children live near the development and are watching the progress of the site. They have thoroughly enjoyed the events so far and are looking forward to working with Emerald Homes more in the future.”
Weston St Mary Church of England Primary school became a member of LAAT in September 2014. LAAT is a thriving multi-academy trust, set up by the Diocese of Lincoln in 2013, to build a mutually supportive family of academies in Greater Lincolnshire who support each other in providing the very best outcomes for their pupils. Currently, around 4,042 pupils across 20 schools are part of the LAAT.