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Community Pride Awards 2011: Best Primary School Project
12:27pm Tuesday 25th October 2011 in News
Winner: Poppleton Ousebank School (Bradley’s Place)
New Earswick Primary School’s Class Pets project, Hob Moor Oaks Primary School’s recipe book
The winning project at this year’s Community Pride Awards was a poignant memorial to a tragic York schoolboy, but all three nominees have made a difference to their pupils and communities.
New Earswick Primary School’s class pets project taught children valuable lessons about life skills, including the responsibility of budgeting and taking care of animals, while the Hob Moor Oaks Primary School recipe book helped improved pupils’ literacy and communication skills.
But judges felt Bradley’s place, a garden designed and built at Poppleton Ousebank School by community volunteers in memory of 11-year-old Bradley Brough, was “a lasting and beautiful enhancement to the area”.
Bradley died after heart surgery last year, and his classmates felt a calm, serene environment, built with donations and funds raised by local businesses and friends of the school would be a good way to help them remember him.
Estelle O’Hara, head teacher at Poppleton Ousebank School, accepted the award on behalf of the school and everyone involved in designing and building it.
She said: “When Bradley died last year, it sent a shockwave through the whole community, and we knew we had to do something. We had an amazing community who volunteered their services.
“This award isn’t just for the school or the community though, it’s for Bradley and his family. They are going to be thrilled, so it’s for them.”
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