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.
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 LondonHeadteacher Stephen Easton