Debbie Kerr (Customer Care Manager - Mears -Newcastle upon Tyne) met with Mark Turner, Head teacher at Gilesgate Primary School, on Monday, 16th July to present the cheque from the Mears Foundation. Debbie had the pleasure of meeting all of the children and presenting the cheque at their celebration assembly which was amazing.
As part of the school's KPI's they get involved in various projects and initiatives, and one of the biggest projects they are currently involved in is the OPAL (Outdoor Play & Learning) Programme which engages pupils in active play at breaks & lunchtimes.
This develops creativity amongst the pupils as they play and ultimately fosters teamwork amongst the pupils by working with others as they play. All of this means that there is greater cooperation amongst the pupils, which in turn, leads to a reduced number of behaviour incidents in the playground.
Children have always developed all of the key skills they will need for the future (soft skills as we know it) through playing every single day and Mark was extremely grateful for this very kind donation which they will put towards the OPAL Programme.
We got a massive thank you from the children, they raised the roof in fact, and a huge round of applause. We can safely say the donation from the Mears Foundation will have a huge impact on the programme.
Debbie has been invited to return to see what the money has paid for so watch this space...another partnership has been forged and hearts touched by the Mears Foundation.
The children made a Thank You for the Mears Foundation.
We are so grateful for the time and effort the children at Gilesgate Primary School have made in creating a wonderful thank you card.