Church

Here at school we have very close links with our church,

St Thomas' of Garstang

The vicar Reverend Stephen Grey and the curate Rev Andrea Roberts, visit school regularly and hold "Wednesday Worship" in the school hall each week. Parents are friends are welcome to join us for this community worship.  St Thomas' is part of the Diocese of Blackburn in the parish of Garstang St Thomas'. To see a map of the parish boundary please click here.

To see the children taking part in the March 2012 Education Sunday service please click here.

In May 2012 several of our Year 6 children were confirmed at St Thomas'. To see photos please click here.

Community

Our community links do not stop with the church. The school is an important part of the community and is happy to get involved in lots of community activities.

Fairtrade

 As the first Fairtrade town, Garstang has strong links with the Fairtrade movement and the school are delighted to be a part of this. In 2011 we became a Fairtrade school through our committment to Fairtrade, making us the first Fairtrade school in the first Fairtrade town! During Fairtrade Fortnight the curriculum is particularly full of fairtrade activities with visits to local shops, campaigning and Fairtrade projects. We also run a Fairtrade prize draw every half term, kindly sponsored by our local Sainsbury's store. For more information please visit the Fairtrade site.

Garstang in Bloom

Garstang is proud of it's Britain in Bloom successes and the school has played a part in this. When they returned to school in September, the children were delighted to discover that their gardening efforts had resulted in a Gold Award from the Young Wyre in Bloom judges.

 The judges who met with a group of pupils and staff during the school holidays were especially impressed with the new school allotment project which has seen home grown produce making its way onto the school dinner menu!  Children have been tucking into potatoes, radish and tomatoes from the plots which have been developed within the school grounds. Also on display for the judges were plants growing in a variety of unusual containers including wellies discovered on a litter pick!

Stransdale Intergenerational Project

As a very family orientated school, Garstang St Thomas' has formed strong links with the local Stransdale project, a residential development for senior members of the community! The children have helped create beautiful flowerbeds on the Stransdale green and return each year to plant new bedding pants.  But this is not a one way arrangement, ladies from the Stransdale group have been visiting our Year Five class and teaching them knitting, sewing and cardmaking.

Pictured below our Year 5 pupils help plant a commemorative tree and bedding plants


Wyre Pupil Parliament

Head teacher Mrs Helen Ife, has played an important role in the creation of Wyre Pupil Parliament and was involved from the projects beginnings. After much planning, in Spring 2011 Primary school children from all over Wyre had the opportunity to voice their opinions in the Wyre Council chamber in front of a panel of distinguished guests at the launch of the Wyre Pupil parliament . Guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Councillor and Mrs Russell Forsyth, Mayor and Mayoress of Garstang, Councillors Gillian Lamb and Sandra Perkins, representative of the Wyre Children’s trust board and councillors.

The Wyre pupil parliament was developed after funding was received from the Wyre Children’s Trust. Thirty-six schools across Wyre, from Scorton to Garstang to Pilling to Fleetwood take part over six districts. Children from Garstang, St Michaels, Catterall and Great Eccleston facilitated the event beginning with a poem and presentations about concerns in their localities. Road safety, safe cycling, litter, recycling, healthy eating and vandalism were some concerns highlighted in the children’s presentations.

The panel of guests were very impressed. Mayor Gillian Lamb said “ It has been a privilege to be involved on this day, its such a worthwhile event with positive ideas and excellent attitudes from the children of Wyre” A parliament member said “ What a great chance to share our views and talk to important people!”

 

Community Links

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