Facelift for pupil’s memorial garden

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Pupils at Queensferry High School and staff from insurance company Prudential worked together to tidy up a memorial garden at the school.

Louis’ garden was developed in 2009 after the death of pupil Louis Gibson in January that year. His friends wanted something in school to remind them of him. Together with teachers and parents the overgrown atrium was transformed into a beautiful memorial garden for Louis, where pupils and staff could reflect and remember Louis.

Tragically, that year another pupil, Daniel Steadman, died during the summer holidays. A memorial bench was erected in the garden to remember him.

In 2012, Louis’ and Daniel’s friends left Queensferry High and unfortunately due to adverse weather this year and the pressures of developing the new curriculum the garden has become a bit neglected.

Employees at Prudential contacted the school about community projects they run and it was agreed they would work with a group of 16 S3 pupils to rejuvenate the garden.

Eight employees came along and work together with pupils on seperate tasks, which included restoring Daniel’s bench, weeding, tidying flower beds, planting and painting, as well as erecting a new bird table. At the same time the employees mentored their pupils and used their four behaviours, Aspire, Achieve, Challenge and Connect, to help them prepare for interviews and jobs in years ahead and focus on being being high achievers.

Karen Dickson, curriculum leader of health and wellbeing at the school said: “This is an excellent opportunity for our pupils and allows them not only to develop their gardening skills but engage with a potential employer in the future.”