The proposed public services strike means that the opening of the memorial garden and fun day at Uplands Special School in North Swindon has been moved from 30 June to Thursday 7 July.
Staff and students at Uplands Special School in Redhouse are planning a fantastic fun day and fete from 11am to 2pm to mark the opening of the multi-sensory garden in memory of four young people from the school who have passed away.
The garden will be unveiled at 11am to commemorate Grant Younger, Connor Hewitt, Perry Harris and Celina Martin who died in early 2010, and Jessica Michaels who passed away in January this year.
Headteacher Jackie Smith, right, said, “we’re grateful to so many individuals, families, local businesses and organisations who have helped to make the garden a reality.”
The centrepiece is a sculpture by Gordon Dickinson of No Added Sugar, representing two friends supporting each other. “The garden is a place where students can sit and reflect on the friends they have lost, as well as celebrate the friends they have around them,” said Jackie.
Following a poignant private dedication ceremony for the bereaved families on 18 May, grand opening organiser Lorna Braid said, “the theme for our fete is very definitely a celebration.”
“Among the attractions on the day will be a bouncy castle, stalls where the students will be selling their crafts and serving refreshments. We will also be treated to a musical performance on a specially made percussion chair, created for us by Gordon the sculptor.”
“We’re still in need of some more plants for the garden, so if anyone has any that they are able to donate we would be very grateful.”
To help call Lorna on 01793 493910.
Pictured, some of the parents and staff who helped with planting the garden