50 volunteers from Royal London came from London, Edinburgh, Bath and Wilmslow to transform our school! The day started with a whole school assembly led by Michael and Victoria who explained what the Royal London was, why they had all travelled to Leeds, the work they do and what they enjoyed about their jobs. We asked some excellent questions and Daniel was awarded 'Gilbert' in recognition of his excellent question about risk.
The volunteers then set to work in three teams. The indoor painters painted both rooms and the entrance of our B4A hut. The outdoor painters painted all the wooden fencing in the playground and around nursery. Gardening was the task for the third group and it was tough! They dug out a 35m border along the fence and cleared the area behind the B4A hut. They cleared, dug-over, laid down fabric and woodchip, installed two new raised beds, moved a tonne of top soil and planted 100 plants! The weather was glorious and we all needed lots of drinks and ice-pops to keep us going.
Some of our volunteers visited year 4 and 6 to talk about their work and in year 6 were also challenged to a 10 minute speed arithmetic test. During lunchtime we all enjoyed a delicious school meal and Ronnie and Ella showed off their Times Tables Rock Star speed - our visitors were impressed!
The results of the hard work are amazing - our playground now looks tidy and smart, the garden area looks inviting and really shows off our newly-clad B4A hut and the inside B4A rooms look clean, fresh and bright - we can't wait to move back in.
Our visitors commented on how welcoming, friendly, polite, well-behaved and interested our children are - just as we expect!
We would to like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers we could not have done this without your help.