Pupils create a friendship field

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A special garden is blooming after pupils found a way to showcase friendships.

Children at Marine Park First School, in Whitley Bay, have been working with artist Penny Payne to create a friendship garden out of yellow roses.

Marine Park First School pupils with Kathy Bacovitch.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Marine Park First School pupils with Kathy Bacovitch.'Picture by Jane Coltman

They created over 500 ‘friendship flowers’ set out across the school garden as a symbol of unity, taking inspiration from the Poppy Fields of London’s Tower Bridge.

Each of the flowers contains a special message of friendship, with staff hoping the garden will be used as a place for the children to talk about issues of friendship, including anti-bullying, kindness and community.

Headteacher Stephen Easton said: “The Tower Bridge Poppies formed such a memorable art installation in London. We are aiming to replicate it in Whitley Bay whilst also promoting the values of unity and friendship.”

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The Tower Bridge Poppies formed such a memorable art installation in London

Headteacher Stephen Easton