Ex-pupils return to open school library

Former pupils returning for the re-opening of Friskney School Library with Year 6 teacher Joanna Booth.
Former pupils returning for the re-opening of Friskney School Library with Year 6 teacher Joanna Booth.

Former Friskney Primary School pupils returned to open the library they left as a lasting legacy.

Children helped create the school library as part of a final year curriculum project.

They returned to see the results of their handiwork last week and take part in the official opening ceremony.

The old book storeroom now provides an inspiring space for pupils to develop a love of reading.

The group developed the idea of creating the library with their teacher Joanna Booth.

They worked to refurbish the room with parent volunteer Sam Layfield who drew some of the children’s favourite fictional characters to decorate the walls.

The illustrations include Willy Wonka, Angelina Ballerina, Mr Stink, Aladdin and Cat in the Hat.

There are also 12 Where’s Wally paintings hidden around the library, with the pupils having a competition to see who can discover them first.

The Fun parents and friends association and Diocese of Lincoln provided funding for new books and furnishings.

It took the team a whole term to create the library and categorise all the books.

It now provides a comfortable setting for story-time sessions with comfy cushions, bean bags and mini armchairs.

Skegness Grammar pupil Alexander Scott, 12, was amongst the group returning to see the results of their handiwork.

He said: “The room was boring before and we wanted it to become an inspirational learning environment and a place where you would want to come and read stories.”

Year six teacher Joanna said: “It was really wonderful to see the old pupils back again. It is lovely for them to see what they have created and to have left such an inspirational legacy. They wanted the younger children to be excited by learning.”