Tree-mendous way to commemorate jubilee

Glenwood headteacher Neil McNeil planting one of the Queen's trees in the school garden to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.
Glenwood headteacher Neil McNeil planting one of the Queen's trees in the school garden to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

GLENWOOD High School last week planted a tree from one of the Queen’s gardens as part of the Royal Diamond Jubilee celebrations, reports KEVIN QUINN.

Headteacher Neil McNeil was joined by pupils from Tanshall Primary School and Glenwood High’s environmental group as he planted the tree in the school garden.

Speaking at the tree planting, ASN teacher Mr Brand, who has been involved in the school garden since its inception, explained how the Queen’s tree was presented to them.

He said: “Woodlands Trust gave us the tree from one of the Queen’s estates to celebrate the jubilee. We got it about eight months ago from them and we have been taking care of it since.

“Now we have prepared an area for this Oak tree to be planted. We are planting the tree here because of the environment around it, which lets us teach the kids about it and they will always know the significance of the tree.

“The Tanshall kids here today will be coming to Glenwood, and through their time here they will see the tree grow.”

Headteacher Mr McNeil spoke of his happiness as he planted the tree.

He said: “I’m delighted that this gift has been given to the school and that we are planting it today. It’s good for the school.

“It will be here for generations to come. Children that come through our doors will be able to learn all about it and it’s significance.”

Glenwood’s headteacher is happy that the garden can work well with, and be used by, other subjects around the school.

He said: “It ties in with the Curriculum of Excellence. There is an opportunity with the garden to involve a multitude of subjects.

“I’m happy that it ties in with other areas of learning. Education doesn’t have to be restricted to the classroom to make it relevant and interesting.

“This is good to get it out and about in the fresh air, sometimes making the pupil’s learning much more relevant.”

Mr Brand enjoys witnessing the benefits of the school garden.

He said: “I work predominantly with pupils who are challenged.

“It’s great to see kids I have worked with change before my eyes thanks to this project.

“They are learning about the environment and getting a feeling of achievement when they see something through.

“With gardening, they are seeing the product from the beginning, planting the seed. Right through to the end when the plant grows.

“There was nothing like this before we started the garden, just a grassy bank. To have this facility is great for the school.

“The idea is to build an outdoor classroom, you could bring a drama class out and do some Shakespeare for example.”