Friday 18th March
Thank you for the community support for Ukraine families. Your dontaions were overwhelming. Today Hermes came to school to collect all these and they will now be sent over. Thank you.
16th March - Support for Ukraine Day
Today we have come into school dressed in blue and yellow to show our support to Ukraine. We have all donated items to be sent to the Ukraine. What fantastic community support!.
We have also had an assembly using the story 'the day the war came' and loked at hoome we are supporting and what to do if we have any questions, concerns or worries.
14th March 2022
Our children have had lots of questions about what is happening in Ukraine and we have done an assembly through a story about this.
We are able to show our support thorugh Hermes Parcel Delivery based in Crewe.
Hermes Parcel Delivery are working in partnership with Uliana Kuzik – Charity Foundation, based in Maidstone.
I was hoping our school communnity would be interested in joining in and collecting items for donation?
Hermes would then send one of their vans to collect any donations made.
Below is a list of items that were looking for
• Medical Items
o First aid Kits
• Baby items
o Wet wipes
• Shelter items
o Sleeping bags
Please send your dontaions in by Friday 18th March.
Thank you for your continued support.
3rd March 2022
On Thursday 3rd March as a school we discussed about the devastating events occurring in Ukraine. It was really important for the children to have time to voice and discuss their worries and fears. To do this we used a story ' The Last Garden'. See below
The last garden
In the middle of our country there was a city. In the middle of the city there was a garden. The city was grey and sad, but the garden was bright and beautiful. Once before the war came, there were tress on every corner. Now this was the last garden left.
The war went on a still Zara looked after the garden. There were pear trees and nut trees and flowers and herbs. Zara grew figs and apricots and all kinds of vegetables for the people of our city. She let us climb trees and build dens. Sometimes we picked fruits and helped her to water the plants. We took Zara’s flowers to our broken houses. We bought her figs and pears to our friends in hospital.
But the war was on our doorstep. Bombs were falling and our homes shook. There were cracks in the roads and the walls around our playground crumbled. We no longer played in our playground, but we still enjoyed Zara’s Garden. She showed us how to tie up our broken plants and we picked the bruised and tender vegetables. Together we planted new seeds in old tin cans and rusty paint points.
Greyness and sadness have spread through our city, but our plants grew green and bright. One day we weren’t allowed in Zara’s Garden anymore, it wasn’t safe to play outside. Bombs were falling everyday and nowhere was safe in our city. Everyone was leaving and we packed up our things because we were leaving too.
Zara locked the gate to her garden, and we left our city together. For months Zara’s Garden lay empty and alone. But it was still growing. At last, the day came when the war was over and slowly, we returned to our broken city. Zara still had the keys to her garden; she unlocked the gate and Zara smiled. All those months and her plants has still be growing. They were tall and strong and wild and free; her garden was full of life and colour.
Just as before, we went to play in Zara’s Garden. We climbed trees and picked pears, we helped Zara water the flowers. Just like that garden our city blossomed and came back to life.
The story allowed the children to reflect, understand that war is sad and people do get hurt but to also be optimistic about it all coming to an end. The garden represented the hope that people involved will have and how important community is in times like this. We spoke about the war not being close and some children looked at a world map to plot where England is and then looked at where Ukraine and Russia are. We spoke about it being ok to feel upset but also to spare a thought for those families involved and be thankful for how lucky we all are.
At Kidsgrove Primary we feel it is important that children are aware of global issues, it allows them to be knowledgeable and reflective. It makes for a free speaking school community, with children who can verbalise their views in a respectable manner.