Clay Cross schoolchildren get creative in floral campaign to promote hope and new beginnings

Pupils have been letting their creative juices flow as part of a drive to help promote hope and new beginnings.

By Alana Roberts
Thursday, 1st April 2021, 12:56 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st April 2021, 12:58 pm

Sharley Park Community Primary School, in Clay Cross asked its pupils to design a daffodil while at home during the third national lockdown and stick it in their windows in support of BBC Radio Derby's 'Make a Difference' campaign.

Much like the rainbows have acted as a sign of NHS solidarity throughout the pandemic, the campaign encourages people to display drawings of daffodils as a symbol of spring bringing new beginnings and hope.

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Year 4 children pictured with some of the daffodils which are on display at Sharley Park Community Primary School

Dozens of children at Sharley Park have been involved, with those whose parents are key workers also decorating giant daffodils which were created by nearby packaging firm, DS Smith, and displayed within the school.

Beth Green, a Year 2 teacher at Sharley Park Community Primary School, said: “As we were in lockdown at that point, we didn’t have many children in school so loads of the children at home printed the templates off or drew their own daffodils and put them in their windows.

"We’ve got quite a good relationship with DS Smith in Danesmoor so I got in touch and asked if they could make us some big daffodils so we could put them in the window and decorate them ready for when the children came back to school.

"They did exactly that and we had seven classes in school of key worker children so we gave a daffodil to each and everybody got a turn decorating a bit of a daffodil in a different way.

"We then put them up in the hall ready for the children coming back into school.”

Like the majority of children across the UK, pupils at Sharley Park were able to return to school on March 8 at which time they were greeted by the colourful display of daffodils.

Ms Green said: “There’s a line that our deputy headteacher came up with – at Sharley Park, we firmly believe that we bloom when we are together and we are delighted to have all of our pupils back in school.

She added: “I think the children were surprised but were pleased to see the daffodils and pleased to be back in school. It just welcomed them back and was bright and colourful.”

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