Pupils from Barugh Green Primary School visited a specially constructed Santa’s Grotto at Barnsley College.

The group of 47 Year 6 pupils were invited to the College’s Barugh Green campus to take part in taster courses in trade areas including brickwork, painting and decorating, plastering, tiling, plumbing and joinery. Pupils had the opportunity to take part in a number of practical activities which included making teapot stands out of wood, making Santa mosaics, painting Christmas themes with stencils and making Christmas moulds from plaster. The pupils then had the opportunity to visit Santa in a grotto which was designed, built and decorated by Barnsley College Construction students as part of their course.

Gavin Lee, Head of Construction Crafts at Barnsley College, said: “We are always looking at ways in which we can strengthen our links with the local community. The visit was a great way for the pupils to get a taste of the construction trades as well as get into the Christmas spirit. They were star pupils and we very much enjoyed teaching them!”

Barugh Green Primary School teachers, Gwenan Crossland and Emma Battye added: “This was a fabulous hands-on and practical experience for the pupils. They had the opportunity to get involved in activities that they don’t do at school and we hope that we can come back again next year. The Barnsley College staff were brilliant with the pupils and we would like to thank them for inviting us. It was a huge success and the pupils really enjoyed it.”

Last updated: 23rd December 2014

Originally posted on: 23rd December 2014