Sheffield schools unite to tackle community problems in south east of city

Writers of the winning poem from Waterthorpe Nursery Infant School.
Writers of the winning poem from Waterthorpe Nursery Infant School.
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Pupils from 10 Sheffield schools have been working together to improve their communities.

Members of the Westfield family of schools in the south east of the city have taken part in a range of voluntary projects in the past year.

Some of the winning posters.

Some of the winning posters.

One issue they decided to tackle was the problem of dog fouling in that part of the city.

Pupils and staff came up with the 'Educating Responsible Dog Owners' project, supported by the council's Streets Ahead partner Amey.

Melinda Guthrie from the firm visited schools to talk to children about how to approach the problem, and pupils took part in a competition to design posters and write poems on the subject.

The winning poems and posters have been published online.

One of the posters.

One of the posters.

The group includes Westfield School along with Waterthorpe, Beighton and Halfway nursery infant schools, Emmanuel, Brooke House and Halfway junior schools, and Shortbrook, Reignhead and Mosborough.

Waterthorpe headteacher Helen Stokes said: "We are immensely proud of all our children.

"The attitude they have towards enjoying their pets in a responsible way, and encouraging others to do the same sends a big message to adults in the local community.

"We hope that our families will all be able to enjoy living in such a lovely area without the worry of treading in anything unpleasant."

Waterthorpe pupils won the poetry competition, while Beighton won the top poster prize.

The work of the Westfield family of schools this year has also included a school council conference at Rother Valley, a carol concert at Crystal Peaks, a singing festival at Westfield School and a celebration awards ceremony to be held at Westfield School on May 2.

The schools are currently bidding for funding from Asda to support a community litter-pick in the summer term.

The support of Westfield School has enabled all the primary schools to link together to improve relationships and the environment across the south east of the city.

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