Central Walker Church of England Primary School has been helped in its goal to build a brand new playground in time for opening in September, with a £1,000 donation by Cramlington based printing company Potts Print (UK).
Image: Wharrier Street climbing equipment
The new site will be a merger of Wharrier Street Primary School and St. Anthony’s Church of England Primary School in Walker, Newcastle. Michael Oswald, who is a teacher at Wharrier Street and was previously a Potts Print (UK) Business Development Team member, approached his former employer after the relocation of existing playground facilities proved too costly.
Image: St. Anthony’s Nursery play area
Michael says, “We are so excited about the new school. The building will be very contemporary and unique, as it features open plan working spaces as opposed traditional classrooms. The children have been highly involved in the vision for the new school. However, because of financial restraint we could not provide them with the outdoor facilities they both want and deserve. This would have been a great shame as the two existing schools have excellent yard facilities, and, as any adult will remember, some of their fondest school memories are from playtime. This wonderful donation from Potts will play a great part in providing treasured memories for the children of their time at school.”
Image: Central Walker west elevation
The £1,000 donation was raised by the Car Share Scheme that Potts Print (UK) encourages its employees to take part in on an annual basis. Groups of staff enroll on the scheme and share transport to and from work, travelling in only one car instead of up to three or four, and a monetary reward is paid by the company at the end of the year based on how many car shares take place. Two thirds of this reward is distributed to staff, and the final third is donated to a different charity each year.
Operations Director Tony Mullarkey is responsible for organising the Car Share Scheme, and he happens to be an ex-pupil of Wharrier Street Secondary School.
Tony says, “Supporting local schools is something we are proud to be actively doing. Building links with the region’s youth allows us to assist in their development and eventually provide them with an opportunity to learn new skills and potentially work with us after leaving school.
“Social responsibility is a serious commitment at Potts Print (UK). The fact that our Car Share Scheme has in kind benefited the Central Walker School is a success for both the community and environmental aspects of this responsibility.”
Image: Water play area at St. Anthony’s
The latest environmental initiative at Potts Print (UK) is Carbon Balancing. The aim is to become the first completely carbon balanced printing company in the UK, which is being achieved by working with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management (ECCM) to calculate and offset carbon emissions throughout the business.
The first step has been to carbon balance all materials used, which is now offered as a complimentary service to clients thanks to a partnership with Howard Smith Paper Group, The Paper Co and World Land Trust.
Image: Central Walker courtyard
Potts Print (UK) will continue to form relationships with local educational organisations as it rolls out it’s Training & Skills Academy this year. Opportunities for apprenticeships and employment will be offered to school and college leavers who have elected not to follow the university route. The Academy will take on a group of trainees, give them training and experience in various aspects of the business (printing, design, client services, operations etc) and offer one or more participants a permanent job on completion of the Training & Skills programme.
Image: Wharrier Street maze
Central Walker School still has a long way to go in its fundraising efforts. If you wish to make a donation or would like further details please contact Lisa Bilton at St Anthony’s Church of England Primary School, Pottery Bank, Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 3SU. Tel: 0191 278 2035
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