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Closure-threat school getting better

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 06 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT school facing closure in 2011 is continuing to improve its facilities for pupils.

Despite its uncertain future when the Waveney area becomes part of a two-tier educational system, Roman Hill Middle School, in Avondale Road, continues to provide the best possible facilities to the children of the school.

A LOWESTOFT school facing closure in 2011 is continuing to improve its facilities for pupils.

Despite its uncertain future when the Waveney area becomes part of a two-tier educational system, Roman Hill Middle School, in Avondale Road, continues to provide the best possible facilities to the children of the school.

Thanks to the Pathfinder Extended Schools Grant from the government, a daily breakfast club is available to every child, free of charge, where a healthy cooked breakfast is on the menu every day, in addition to cereals, eggs, toast and fresh fruit juice.

About 70 pupils enjoy their daily breakfast at the school.

Parents are able to drop their children off before work, knowing they are safe, well cared for and starting their school day in such a positive manner.

There are now a total of 32 lunchtime and after-school clubs available at the school, all free of charge, ranging from football, netball, yoga and gardening to needlework, sign language, ICT and film clubs to enrich the lives of the 360 children that attend Roman Hill.

Newly planted trees and flower beds in one of the three playgrounds are maintained by the school's gardening club members who also grow their own vegetables alongside the school greenhouse.

A large grassed area has recently been transformed into a nature area where a newly laid pond takes pride of place. The formidable pond area is edged with attractive decking and fencing where the children can enjoy their lunch alfresco on purpose-built picnic benches.

Regular visitors to the pond include thirsty crows and magpies, and it is home to many frogs.

A grand opening by a mystery celebrity is currently being organised to take place within the next few weeks.

Next to the pond is a small woodland walk where the school's fairy garden is situated. This area also forms part of the school runs during PE lessons.

The main playground has been furnished with timber play equipment, based on a pirate ship theme and the play surface has been painted to resemble sand, sea and land.

Within school, air conditioning has been installed, as have new windows. Seated patio areas have been laid to further enhance pupils' outside learning experience.

Paul Herod, headteacher at the school, said: “The children of the Roman Hill community deserve excellence every day, and these facilities will no doubt be enjoyed for generations to come once the primary school relocates in two years' time.”


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