Students Fabricate Memories to last a lifetime
Fabrication and Welding students presented a memorial tree in honour of children at St Luke’s School.
The tree is now a permanent fixture in a beautiful sensory garden that has been created at the school. The possibility of a memorial structure always seemed unachievable due to the high estimated costs until the school was advised to contact the college. With a positive outcome they were soon back on track to finally complete their garden.
Parents, governors, college students, staff, children and friends of St Luke’s attended the presentation to see the garden in its final stages. Alistair Sutherland (Head Teacher of St Luke’s School) presented the students with a token gift to show the appreciation of their hard work and said, “I am personally very pleased with the tree that these young people have made for us. It has taken a long time for the school to be in this position with many hurdles along the way.
“The tree is a way to help us all remember and reflect on the happy times we have shared. We don’t want the children to forget their friends and this is a permanent reminder of them and the contributions they have to the school.”
Jayne Kelly, a tutor at North Lindsey College, spoke about losing a child that attended St Luke’s School. “The memorial tree, created by the wonderful students at North Lindsey College is a perfect addition to the sensory garden at St. Luke's Primary School. My daughter Alexa Mae, who sadly passed away in 2009, was a pupil of the school and it is so lovely that she will be remembered through this.”
The students have worked on the eight-foot structure in their own time to perfect their creation for the school over the last four months; enabling them to add names of their past students onto the tree so they can all be remembered in a special place altogether.
Fabrication and welding student, Callum Barton-Lewis (18) said, “It’s a unique way for the children to remember their friends and reflect on happier times. It looks like it belongs in the garden and I hope it brings peace. It feels nice that we have helped others and will be there for people to see.”
The structure was able to be created with donations from local firms Kass Steel and Eng-Weld who helped make the tree possible. Each leaf individually represents former pupils that have passed away and their name will be added on as a special remembrance.
Anne Tyrrell (North Lindsey College Principal) commented: “I am just so proud of our students and what they have achieved, in their own time. They have created the most beautiful memorial tree, which is a remembrance of the past and also something that will be there into the future - hopefully for many years. They have also learnt so much from this project and from Phil, who guided them along the way, I am sure they will have gained so many different skills, which will help their futures too.”