Pupils at West Kidlington Primary School will learn about recycling and sporting well-being, thanks to a community partnership with the Sheehan Group and Oxford City Stars.

The three organisations signed a special community partnership agreement this week, in which they pledged to work together to inspire and engage pupils at the primary school across the year, via extracurricular activities.

It will see hundreds of pupils take part in recycling discovery workshops, including decorating a digger with recycled cans, filling a skip with recyclable goods and arts and crafts sessions.

Staff from Oxford construction, civil engineering and recycling company, The Sheehan Group, will visit the school to speak to pupils about the benefits of recycling and help deliver fun based learning activities. Players from the Oxford City Stars will also visit the school and deliver talks on sport and well-being.

As part of the partnership the Stars will host ‘puck and stick’ activity sessions with youngsters, using a Sheehan Group skip as a makeshift goal, in keeping with the recycling and wider well-being theme. Scores of pupils and parents will also attend a City Stars home game – thanks to the Sheehan Group who will provide the tickets.

Joanne Simpson Assistant Principle of the West Kidlington School, said: “We strive to provide an inspiring and nurturing learning environment that encourages children to explore our values including courage, respect and honesty. This includes inviting inspirational role models from within our community into the school and we are pleased to have formed such an exciting partnership that will enrich the lives of the children.”

Tara Sheehan, Finance Director at the Sheehan Group, said: “As a business with deep roots in Oxfordshire we care passionately about our community and the environment we all share. Sustainability, ethical construction and recycling are vital now and for future generations and we’re pleased to share our passion and knowledge with pupils at West Kidlington School, so they can appreciate recycling from an early age.”

Greig Box Turnbull, director at the Oxford City Stars, said: “We’re striving to develop the Stars presence in the Oxfordshire community, via partnerships based on shared values. West Kidlington School, the Sheehan Group and the Stars believe in engaging with youngsters and encouraging them to care about each other and their community, via fun activities.”


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