Donations to school from John Lewis Partnership Leeds

John Lewis Partnership Leeds have been very generous in donating a Yamaha Piano to school.  The piano is sited in the hall for all staff to use during music lessons.  Below are the children from Reception enjoying a music lesson. 

We were also lucky enough to receive a guitar from them too, we are all looking forward to being able to further encourage the children to take part in music.

During the autumn term John Lewis contacted the school to ask if we would like to have a set of goal posts for the children to use during playtime and PE lessons.  This was also gratefully accepted and is to be set up in Key Stage 2 playground.

John Lewis’ generosity has not ended there.  We are in desperate need to improve our Key Stage 1 playground and we were invited to submit a bid to their DCI Partnership board.  The board look at bids sent in by schools and charities that need funding to help with a specific project.

On January 7th this year, we received some magnificent news in the form of an email to say that our bid had been successful and that John Lewis would be donating £9,145 towards the cost of the improvements to the playground.   This has made it possible for the work on the playground to start in early February.  I’m sure you will agree that a massive thank you to John Lewis for kindness and generosity to the children of Beeston Primary School is needed.

Please look out for the changes that will be happening in the outdoor area in Key Stage 1.  We will be sharing details of the project with John Lewis and Parents as they take place – please watch this space for updates!

Other donations have also been received from Friends of Beeston PTA who have been tirelessly raising funds to help the school with this project in mind.  We need to say a big thank you to Barclays Bank who have also made a donation of £2,000.  None of this would have been possible without the massive support from all of those named above.  Thank you!

Parents fundraising transforms playground at Beeston Primary

27th February 2019

Parents fundraising transforms playground at Beeston Primary

On 26 February 2019 By Guest Post

About 24 long months ago, Friends of Beeston (Beeston Primary School’s PTA) were asked to help with raising funds for the refurbishment of the Key Stage 1 playground (Years 1 and 2). It was a big job; there was little in the playground for the children to play with, and what was there was at the end of its active life. Nevertheless, Friends of Beeston embraced the challenge and set about fundraising. Our events included The Great Beeston Bake Off, a stall at Beeston Festival, a summer fun-day, a Christmas card scheme, a Christmas raffle and several bake sales.

Not a lot of people realised (the PTA included, initially) just how much playground equipment costs. Quotes were in excess of £17,000, so the installation of this new equipment is a massive achievement, even if it has taken 2 years.

Friends of Beeston didn’t achieve this alone, and the children wouldn’t be enjoying their new playground had it not been for support from not only the fantastic PTA team, but also from the teachers at the school, The Whistlestop Pub, Save Our Beeston, the many local businesses who donated raffle prizes and the school securing grants from John Lewis and Barclays Bank.

As you can see from the photos, the children are having great fun in their new playground, and the work completed will benefit children moving through the school for many years to come.

Of course, the hard work is never over and now funds need raising to improve the final corner of the playground, which is still in need of improvement, so Friends of Beeston can’t rest on their laurels just yet. However, a fantastic boost to the project is that Friends of Beeston have been selected as one of Beeston Co-op’s community causes, so anyone who shops there can help with the fundraising by getting a Co-op members card and selecting Friends of Beeston as their chosen community project. We will also be looking to ask local businesses whether they can help in any way, so if you feel you can offer help of any kind please get in touch with us at FOBPTA@outlook.com to help children of all ages at Beeston Primary School make the most of their breaktimes.

This post was written by Lucy Halloway FOBPTA

 

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