New uniform and a fresh start as Waterlooville schools get ready to combine

NEW START Left to right, Harmoni Disdle, six, Harry Banks, 10, Alanya Unal, eight, Stanley Saveall, seven, Joshua Davison, seven, Max Pearce, six, Laura Riou, 10, and Livvi Collins, six. Below, the new logo     Picture: Allan Hutchings (122920-317)
NEW START Left to right, Harmoni Disdle, six, Harry Banks, 10, Alanya Unal, eight, Stanley Saveall, seven, Joshua Davison, seven, Max Pearce, six, Laura Riou, 10, and Livvi Collins, six. Below, the new logo Picture: Allan Hutchings (122920-317)
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CHILDREN have helped to design a new logo to celebrate two schools joining together under a new name.

Yesterday morning a celebration was held to mark Stakes Hill Infants and Hulbert Juniors teaming up.

CHANGE The new logo

CHANGE The new logo

The schools will be federated to become Springwood Infants and Springwood Juniors in November and their new names were made official yesterday.

The school uniform has changed and the pupils were set the job of designing a new logo.

Their design has a squirrel to represent Stakes Hill, a tree to represent Hulbert, and a flower with red petals and a blue centre – combining the two colours of their old school uniforms. The new uniform is now emerald green.

The name Springwood comes from the local area, as the schools are in Springwood Avenue.

Sue Aspland, headteacher of the infant school, said: ‘The name change comes from the fact that we are part of the Springwood community.

‘The children thought very carefully about how they couldn’t lose their two identities.

‘It’s really important. The fact that they were involved in designing shows that it’s their vision and their values that come across really strongly.

‘It’s important that the children are listened to and respected.’

And now, Mrs Aspland is looking to the future when the schools federate.

Mrs Aspland added: ‘It’s really about that consistency and continuity about the transition for families. That’s often where the anxiety comes from.

‘It’s about the children having the opportunity to work across age. That’s really important in promoting social skills.

‘It’s taking that family concept and thinking about how best we can use that.

‘It’s about the progression being able to work from ages two through to 11 with the pre-school.

‘A lot of the work that we do at the infant school has already started at the pre-school.’

To celebrate the occasion, on their first day of the new term the children enjoyed bacon butties for breakfast and a new bench was unveiled.

Gerry Lathem, headteacher of the juniors, added: ‘It’s brilliant for both schools. People in the community have come together.

‘Being together is even more vital in terms of these times of education.

‘It’s great that the kids have had such a major involvement in this. It was lovely to do.’