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Little Ambassadors praised by Corby Mayor.

Little Ambassadors praised by Corby Mayor.

Published on Sunday 11th October 2015
Published on Sunday 11th October 2015

Inspirational garden designs praised by Corby Mayor

Students from Oakley Vale Primary School were praised by Corby Mayor, Cllr Peter McEwan, after they showed him their inspirational plans for the school grounds.

The students are Oakley Vale Primary School’s new recruits to the Inspiring Neighbourhoods Little Ambassador project, which is part of their Inspiring Children Programme for schools. The children completed an application to become a Little Ambassador and nine successful students from Year 5 were selected.  

Their focus on Wave 1 was to identify improvements to the school grounds.  The aim was to produce an achievable plan that the students could gain support to implement. They also worked on an aspirational design where they could let their imaginations run wild. The students attended a series of workshops that helped them design their plans and the finished drawings were shown, firstly to the school leaders then to the Mayor, Cllr McEwan. He was really impressed with the enthusiasm and vision of the students and the students have a further invitation to meet the deputy mayor, Cllr Julie Riley.
The Little Ambassadors will clear the outside area, paint the surrounds of the existing flower-beds in house colours and encourage more wildlife to the garden. They also want to paint an existing archway and have inspirational quotes on signage. The first wave of the project has taken six weeks and the students particularly enjoyed presenting their plans to the senior leadership team and mayor.
The next stage will be to plan timelines, build a 3D model and recruit volunteers to help make their project a reality, in collaboration with Inspiring Neighbourhoods Community Interest Company.

Brenda Easton from Inspiring Neighbourhoods CIC said the children worked as a team, listened to each other and made the best decision for the school. Their confidence grew particularly when presenting their plan and expressing themselves.

Principal Emma Goodwin said: ‘This is a fantastic long-term project that has taught our students many valuable skills including design and presentation. Meeting the Mayor and Deputy Mayoress was a huge thrill and we are looking forward to continuing our plans this year and making the most of our outside space so that all of our students and staff can enjoy it. The students have worked really hard on this project and their efforts will make a real difference to everyone at Oakley Vale Primary School.’  

Funding for Wave 1 of this project came from Cllr Mary Butcher (Empowering Councillor Funding from Northamptonshire County Council). She said: ‘Oakley Vale is an extremely diverse area. The students have worked extremely well together and they have a great understanding of the environment through this. It brings back the importance of looking after the environment allowing children to appreciate what they have around them. I am very impressed with their plans they have done a tremendous job and we still have a lot more to do.’

Thanks to the Little Ambassadors: Joanne Kadavan, Scarlett Cunningham, Caitlin Eastwood, Denzel Dhlodhlo, Sophie Inglis, Julia Wasilewska, Evelyn Chapman, Victoria Tysoe and Amalie Lines.