Published on Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A special event was held at South Cave CE Primary School (SCPS) on Friday 11 July to launch a new partnership with some of its suppliers and other local companies. The Friends of South Cave School (FSCS) has been expanded to incorporate the support of businesses in the community to enhance the existing invaluable help it receives from children, parents and staff.

SCPS’s Headteacher John Killeen welcomed the representatives from FSCS to the expansive site on Church Street and presented them with a commemorative certificate to thank them for their participation. He also highlighted the success of other recent initiatives on an extensive tour of the school, including the acquisition of 16 new iPads, renewable energy installations and its participation in Primary Futures (a national programme that aims to widen primary school children’s horizons and aspirations).

FSCS is helping to make a huge difference to SCPS’s funding programme and the educational and recreational activities that can be developed as a result of this assistance. The school also appreciates the active participation of its corporate and individual support through its wide selection of events and activities on the academic calendar.

The businesses are also sharing many positive associations of being part of FSCS. These activities comply with their corporate social responsibility programmes (CSR) ie how they manage their business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society. In addition, they also benefit from the feel-good factor of helping to develop the children’s education and putting something back into the community through their commitment and professionalism. 

Mr Killeen said, “We are extremely fortunate at SCPS to benefit from the support of a proactive and enthusiastic FSCS. It is customary at the end of the academic year to look back at the success that we have enjoyed over the previous ten months and the addition of a new group of businesses has been of mutual benefit to all concerned.

“This initiative has been driven by parents, who either own or hold a senior position within local businesses. We are indebted to them for sharing their professional and commercial skills in the education sector. This level of expertise will help FSCS to develop the wide range of activities that continue to provide the children with new and exciting opportunities.”

Clark Weightman is one of the companies involved in FSCS and Director Carl Bradley said, “It’s a pleasure to be able to help SCPS in a voluntary capacity as well as passing on some of our skills from the commercial world. It’s also rewarding to see how the children are benefiting from our collective efforts and we look forward to sharing these experiences with more local companies as our network continues to grow over the next 12 months.”

Carl pictured (front right) with Headteacher John Killeen (back right), other business partners from the FSCS and three Y6 children demonstrating the new iPads.