New Friends, Flowers and Foliage
In June, 5 pupils, accompanying staff and Governors from St Vincent’s Special School for Sensory Impairment and Other Needs, Liverpool, spent two days in Olney as part of Amazing Grace 250.
Day 1 was Assembly at Olney Middle School to introduce themselves, followed by pancakes for brunch and a visit to the parish church of St Peter & St Paul to have a look at the history of the hymn, Amazing Grace, and to see where they would be performing on the Wednesday evening.
In the evening, they met up with 1st Olney Scouts and the Amazing Grace Community Orchard team to plant an oak tree sapling that they had grown from an acorn.
The Scouts had done a grand job of digging the planting hole in readiness, supported by Olney Town Council. They will now continue to water and look after the oak, giving it the care it needs to flourish.
St Vincent’s also brought with them a bucketful of wildflower seeds that they had grown and harvested. Young and old alike had great fun spreading the seeds across the Orchard and wildflower meadow.
A fish and chip supper was in the Cowper & Newton Museum gardens before retiring to the Bull Hotel for the night.
Day two was even busier with workshops with Year 5 at OMS, followed by a live webcast event at the parish church of St Peter & St Paul.
Many local residents of Olney, pupils and families from OMS, joined the evening event. The Reverend Hugh Reid and Sir Alexander Boswell, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, first welcomed our new Liverpool friends to Olney and Buckinghamshire. St Vincent’s Principal, Dr John Patterson, then shared the inspirational work that they are doing as Climate Champions and to support young people with sight loss around the world.
Emily, a pupil from St Vincent’s, who led the singing from both schools told us; ‘I loved every minute of today and I’m beyond proud of all the students from Olney Middle school and St Vincent’s. They’re all superstars. Thank you to everyone who arranged this unforgettable experience.’
More info about St Vincent’s at www.stvin.com, where you will also find the link to the evening’s webcast