Young readers in Dunfermline start a new chapter thanks to our donation!
Children at Carnegie Primary School are looking forward to reading some fantastic new books, following our £250 donation to the school to fund new books for the school library.
It’s all part of World Book Day, a national event which aims to encourage children to enjoy reading, and which this year celebrates its 20th birthday.
Pamela Marnoch, Headteacher at Carnegie Primary, says: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey East Scotland for this kind donation.
“It’s great to be able to add to the choice of books on offer in our library for the children to read and it’s also really inspiring for them to see how much a business like Taylor Wimpey values reading.
“Our eager readers are now really looking forward to getting stuck into their new books!”
The 20th annual World Book Day takes place on Thursday 2nd March to celebrate authors, illustrators and books, and to get more children reading.
Karen Armstrong, Regional Sales and Marketing Director adds: “Reading is such an important skill, as well as being great fun, so we are delighted to be making this donation to support Carnegie Primary School.
“It’s a great example of the way we are committed to supporting schools and other local organisations within the communities in which we build our new homes. We hope the children really enjoy these new books!”
We show our support for campaign to get kids walking
We are encouraging families in Dunfermline to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn.
We have supported Walk to School Month, which takes place every October and asks parents to walk their children to school – with the aim of promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing the number of cars on the road.
To help keep youngsters safe on the way, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, we have supplied over 700 high-visibility snap bands to Carnegie Primary School for its pupils to wear. The donation is part of a campaign that will see more than 13,000 snap bands provided to children across the country.
Our bricklaying masterclass builds pupils' interest in the industry
Our site manager Barry Watson at Wallace Grange in Dunfermline recently gave four pupils aged 14-16 years from Starley Hall School in Burntisland an insight into the construction industry, and took the opportunity to showcase the range of skills and trades that are required in the building industry.
Hoping to inspire the youngsters to consider choosing an apprenticeship in one of the many trades needed by the construction industry, site manager Barry arranged a detailed site visit where the boys had the chance to step inside a number of new homes that are under construction, and see the range of trades at work and how their skills are vital in the creation of new homes.
There was also the chance to get involved in a bricklaying masterclass, where boys were set the challenge of building a small wall as Barry adds: “I was really thrilled to be able to assist Starley Hall with their request for four pupils to visit our development to learn a bit more about the construction industry. This follows a really successful visit by three pupils to my former development Carnegie Grange last year.
“We need a whole host of tradespeople and their skills to be able to deliver the quality and craftsmanship that our customers expect when they buy a new home from us, but importantly we need to continue to attract new talent into the industry. The boys enjoyed a detailed tour of our new development at Wallace Grange, and we gave them a chance to learn simple bricklaying tasks - I was really delighted by how quickly they picked it up. Bricklaying looks simple to a bystander, but it’s much harder to lay bricks to the high standards that we expect than you think.”
The visit was a great opportunity for the four boys to really see for themselves how a construction development works and how many different trades are needed as Fraser Robb, class teacher adds: “As our pupils approach the final years of the school, we’ve found it incredibly helpful to arrange field-trips to employers that offer the type of roles and careers that our young people are considering.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Barry and his team at Wallace Grange for facilitating our trip once again– it’s definitely given a couple of the boys a focus of how they’d like to shape their future careers.”