Plant donation helps brighten school grounds

23rd July

HCC pupils with donated plants outside school

Heathfield Community College was delighted to receive an incredibly generous donation from Thorpe Gardens in Horam during ‘Enrichment Week’.

During the last full week of term students took part in a wide variety of activities for Enrichment Week. These ranged from cycling adventures to camping, baking, trips abroad and gardening.

Pupils who chose gardening formed The Ground Force Team and cleared a number of sites including the student entrance to the school, memorial trees, benches and the Colin Clay Garden which was designed as a memorial to Biology teacher Colin Clay.

The main focus for the team was shared spaces in the school such as the house planters in the Quad, the LS garden, the bus layby and the social space around the Sixth Form Common Room.

Students learned about horticulture from parent volunteer Elizabeth Nicholson. They also learned about teamwork, the pleasure of being outdoors and improving the already beautiful site in which the school sits.

Headteacher Caroline Barlow said: “The team worked brilliantly all week and has been a model of collaborative effort. The collective efforts of staff, students, parents and the donation offers a fabulous metaphor for what we represent. We are extremely grateful to Thorpe Gardens for the donation.

“The donated plants have added fabulous splashes of colour around the school that will repeat annually and are a wonderful complement to the hard work of all the Ground Force volunteers. The plants will be enjoyed by staff, students and visitors to the College for many years to come.”