These are the words of John Lane, Headteacher of Christ the King Primary School, Islington, North London, where financial services firm, Projective Group returned for another Splash Project.
Over two days in September, 80 employees transformed its playground for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), upgrading existing structures and creating an outdoor classroom, a stage and a playhouse.
“Islington is consistently either the lowest or second lowest borough in the country for child poverty, which is challenging but also rewarding,” continued Mr Lane. “In mainstream schools more and more children have special educational needs, so the development of a sensory circuit here will enable our children with SEN to access the curriculum so they can learn and achieve and enjoy school.”
He added: “For a lot of our children their best experience of the day is coming to school, so we want to provide them with the best opportunity and the best learning environment for them. A lot of them don’t have gardens or outdoor spaces. So when you get an opportunity like this, everyone – staff, parents and children – is so appreciative.”
Projective Group has a strong moral compass and is keen to give back to the community through their Splash Projects while generating a positive working environment for staff.
Alastair Brown, Projective Group volunteer, said:
“I can’t express how thrilling it is to see the children playing on the equipment we built for them last year.”
Toby Pearson, Projective Group volunteer, added:
“Coming back again this year to improve another area for younger children this time, is phenomenally rewarding.
“There aren’t enough people giving back, so there’s a responsibility on us to do that. It’s something that we can be proud of.”