06 NOV 2015
Jack today paid a return visit to Callicroft Primary School in Patchway to deliver a letter from the Prime Minister, after he promised to write to Mr Cameron on behalf of the pupils on a previous visit to the school. He was initially invited to the school to open their Reflection Garden in July, and in response to a question from a pupil he wrote to Mr Cameron to make him aware of the Reflection Garden.
During his visit, Mr Lopresti met the school's House Captains and was taken on a tour of the school, visiting lessons in Key Stage One and Year 6. He was told about the rigorous process that the House Captains had to go through to achieve this position, which included writing a formal letter of application for the position.
Whilst at Callicroft, Jack was told about the school being Proud to be Purple. The school has begun a project to encourage the children to achieve more by aiming to reach the purple zone with their learning. Teachers are assessing the progress that they are making with their learning and encouraging them to be in the purple zone, if they are this will mean that they are being stretched and meeting the challenge of improving learning skills on a regular basis. He also took a look at some of the literacy work the Year 6 pupils have completed recently.
'I was delighted to visit the school and was excited by the challenges that the school is setting the children with their Proud to be Purple scheme,' commented Jack. 'I think it is a fantastic way of encouraging their learning and I am sure it will be a huge benefit to all learners in the school.'
In his letter, Mr Cameron said that he was delighted to read about Callicroft's Reflection Garden. He also wrote 'this is a very worthwhile initiative, which will offer a great many benefits to the pupils and staff. Everyone involved should be very proud of their achievement.' He went on to highlight the benefits to health and wellbeing that parks, sports grounds and other green spaces bring. The Department for Communities and Local Government are working on a scheme to create pocket parks which can be visited by anyone want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city streets.
'I was delighted to be able to bring the letter to the pupils at Callicroft Primary School,' said Jack. 'It is fantastic that the Prime Minister was able to respond to my letter directly and I hope it gives a boost to the school.'