Rowan tree planting 2014
As part of the Congleton WW1 Awareness & engagement group, Saint Mary’s pupils helped Congleton Town Mayor Cllr Denis Murphy plant their commemorative Rowan tree in their school grounds.
The children chose to plant the tree near to their spiritual garden, so that in future they will be able to sit quietly and reflect in the shade of this special tree.
The planting with members of Class 4 was supervised by Mrs Patti Pinto and Mrs Rebecca Franklin, both School Governors at Saint Mary’s. Mrs Pinto told the children that one of the reasons that the rowan was chosen for the commemoration was for the bright red berries which will seen every autumn. The tree will be a lasting reminder of centenary of the start of WW1.
Patti said, “It was a privilege to plant one of the 100 commemorative Rowan trees in our school grounds. We thank WW1 A&E group Chairman Margaret Williamson for arranging for all Congleton Schools to receive a tree, SAS Daniels for funding the trees and the Streetscape team for delivering the tree to our school.”
Mrs Patti Pinto, Town Mayor, Denis Murphy and members of Class 4 planting the rowan tree.
Nov 2011 celebration of apple harvest from our school orchard with school community
June 2012 Year 2 pupils planted one of our raised planters for the Queens diamond jubilee
July 2012 St Mary’s represented the schools in Congleton in the Congleton In Bloom competition. The RHS judges visited the school grounds and were given a tour by members of the eco team. The Judges were very impressed by eco council guides and their knowledge of eco projects and sustainability
Oct-Nov 2012 Harvest time again, school orchard featured in Cheshire life & Sentinel Weekend magazine.
March 2013 took part in national scheme: The Big Dig (photos), lots of children & parents attended, won prize from sponsors (bulk bag, one ton, of compost)
April 2013 garden club reformed; RHS free edible seeds planted
Apr-July 13 Mrs Pinto (school governor & eco coordinator) ran weekly garden club, Approx 30 children per Tuesday after-school session. Activities - cleared out greenhouse, planted veg, herbs, flowers, harvested strawberries & raspberries (sold excess to fund raise), refilled bug hotels with twigs etc, weeded around apple trees, made mini-greenhouses from old milk cartons, entered Congleton School Garden competition won 3rd prize, also entered In Bloom school trough competition. Grew potatoes (potato council competition). All children took produce & plants home in July. Sold produce at summer fair.