A Grand Opening

Toftwood Infant School celebrated 2 very special events on Monday, 18th July. Firstly, Ted’s Den was officially opened by Katherine Nash from BBC Look East, and secondly, new play houses . This is a new outdoor space for the Reception children, where they can play, learn and work together in a natural environment. It is named after a very special man, Mr Ted Booty, who was one of the Governors who sadly passed away earlier this year. Mr Booty was a huge supporter of the school and the children and staff, and has helped the school in so many ways over the years. He was always on hand if support or help was needed with something, and was a long standing member of the interview panel for many staff. He also played a key part of getting the Nursery built and developing the grounds and buildings of the school. His contribution to the school was huge and the work he put into the school and its community is much appreciated by us all. His wife Gwen attended the event and said he would have been so proud to have seen it. Mrs Pedlow said that ‘it was a great privilege to have known Ted, as he had done so much for the school and this children during his time as Governor. It was a fitting tribute to remember a very special man.’  We have also added a mud kitchen, a writing shed and many more facilities.

We also celebrated the opening of our new outdoor play equipment, funded entirely by our PTA, The Friends of Toftwood Infant School. There are two new playhouses installed outside on the playground to allow collaborative and imaginative play to take place at lunch and break times. There is also a new trim trail outside for the children, with climbing equipment for all of the children. We would like to say ‘A huge thankyou’ to all of the parents and the committee who have worked so hard to raise the funds for this equipment, the children are so excited to have it.

Catherine Nash, from BBC Look East came to open these facilities for us on the day! We started the day with our guests in the hall for tea and cake before moving outside for the official opening at 11 am. The children and our invited guests all joined us on the playground for the event.

It was a lovely day and it was followed by a whole school special friendship lunch that was voted for by the children. They all enjoyed hot dogs, chips and a special cup cake out on the school field, picnic style.