A SOUTH Tyneside school is planting strong roots within its community.
Parents, teachers and parishioners linked to St Joseph’s RC Primary School in St Joseph’s Way, Hedworth, Jarrow, are getting involved in a new parent-teacher association.
Called Friends of St Joseph’s, the new group has just held a tree-planting event called ‘The Big Dig’.
A school spokesman said: “The 18-strong committee consists of the headteacher, deputy headteacher, staff members, governors, parents, grandparents and parishioners.
“We see ourselves as a supportive arm of the school and are keen to promote and foster a school and parish community partnership.”
The group Tree Appeal donated 130 saplings and roses for the Big Dig event at the school, which attracted dozens of supporters from the local area.
Triggering what a school spokesman called “a remarkable response.” numerous local donations made the green event a big success.
Apart from gifts supplied by residents, the firms which backed the Big Dig included Technical Paints, Asda, B&Q, Homebase and Red Fox Nurseries.
A school spokesman added: “All profits raised by the Friends will be used for the benefit of our school.
“Our highly valued children will be drivers in determining how any monies raised will be spent.
“The trees and roses planted will enhance our environment, to be enjoyed by all.
“We are very lucky at St Joseph’s to be blessed with such a supportive network.”