FOUR schools have been presented with certificates to mark their success in the Yorkshire in Bloom contest.
St John’s CE Primary Academy, Clifton, Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, St Chad’s CE Primary School, Hove Edge, and St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Brighouse, were all celebrating their success after flourishing in the competition.
Bill Terry, a member of the 3B’s group that nominated the schools presented them with their certificates.
He said they were extremely happy with the results. “We have never entered the schools on their own merits before we have always entered Brighouse as a town into the Yorkshire in Bloom competition. But this year decided to use the schools because they are really good at what they do.
“Two of the schools have been outstanding and attained gold. In my opinions it is an outstanding start that they have never entered the competition and the judge that came round in his words was “blown away” with the enthusiasm and effort. From our perspective how this links together with school curriculu, and training and everything else they have done extremely well.
“It really is heartening. The enthusiasm of the children is superb.”
Carr Green showed how pupils used the school grounds to grow vegetables and flowers, winning a gold. Head teacher Lesley Bowyer said: “We are very proud of how well we did. It has been a successful year in terms of gardening. We were part of a display that got a silver in the Chelsea Flower Show as well earlier this year.
“We would like to thank the volunteer helpers who have been giving their time to help the youngsters in the allotments.”
St John’s also received a gold award for their sensory garden. They also have successfully grown vegetables and the garden area and learning horticulture skills have become part of the school curriculum.
Teacher and eco-schools co-ordinator at St John’s, Rebecca Haley, said they were thrilled to be awarded gold. “It is a real accolade and the highest one you can achieve from Yorkshire in Bloom. We thank all the volunteers and the staff and children that helped in the gardens it was a real team effort.”
St Joseph’s walked away with a silver after using raised beds to grow vegetables, used in the school kitchen.
St Chad’s has provided containers for separate classes to grow their own produce in a dedicated area. The school was awarded a bronze.