St Francis’ Primary School is a large suburban primary school of 820 pupils on the outskirts of Lurgan town. For the last 10 years we have been building our Eco-Schools work through our amazing Woodland area and our school Allotment.
We have received 10 Green flags and are recognised as an Ambassador school for Biodiversity. We are extremely lucky to have a 30 year old woodland on our school grounds where our children connect to nature through a Forest School programme, and it is also home to our breeding pair of red squirrels, Poppy and Ash.
This year our Community Allotment project linked up with Sharon McMaster of New Leaf Compost to help us get an Allotment programme that works for our school. New Leaf Compost donated us 3 tote bags of compost and sent Sharon to come work with us in our school. She has been amazing and has helped us build a term-time calendar that allowed the children to sow seeds, transplant them out and grow them throughout the year. It’s been an amazing experience that has helped our pupils get the most out of our Allotment!