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Sunderland school’s festive wonderland

Winter wonderland at Thorney Close Primary School, clockwise from front left, Leah Marshall, 7, Jamie Burgess, 11, Billy Hindmarch, 11, and Philip Taylor aged 8.

Winter wonderland at Thorney Close Primary School, clockwise from front left, Leah Marshall, 7, Jamie Burgess, 11, Billy Hindmarch, 11, and Philip Taylor aged 8.

A SENSORY garden at a Sunderland school has been transformed into a festive winter wonderland.

Children at Thorney Close Primary School are enjoying the magic of Christmas every day, thanks to their own 
outdoor light show and Santa’s grotto.

This is the second year running the school has created the wonderland and have even added more lights and fun for the youngsters.

Headteacher at the Torquay Road school Catherine Jones, said a lot of work was done to create the sensory garden, but in the winter when all the plants have died off it doesn’t get used as much, so last year they came up with the idea of decorating it with lights.

This year, they have gone even further and made it bigger and brighter.

She said: “We thought let’s get a bit more out there and the kids absolutely love it.

“The area looks fantastic, especially at around 3pm when it starts to get darker and the whole place comes alive.

“I think it is lovely for Christmas lights to be put up at a school. Last year the children could only walk around the area and look, but this year we have made 
it so the children can actually go inside and investigate, we have hidden lots of little animal figures in there for them to find.”

Along with dozens of strings of lights, they also have huge baubles hanging from trees, a snowman, polar bear and lit up reindeer, as well as lots of other decorations for the children to look at.

The school shed has also been transformed into a Santa’s grotto, which the pupils can take a peek inside.

Mrs Jones said the wonderland was only opened a couple of days ago and scores of children, along with their families, have already been to take a look around.

 

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