Coombe Hill infants set the benchmark for friendship

Coombe Hill Infants' School children on their friendship bench

Coombe Hill Infants' School children on their friendship bench

First published in Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Kingston

Children who were left without a school playground after debris from a storm left it unusable have now welcomed a colourful new bench to their spruced-up play area.

The Parent Teacher Association at Coombe Hill Infants' School decided to give schoolchildren a friendship bench for the newly refurbished playground at the start of the new term.

Alison Mcclintock, co-chairwoman of the parent teacher association at Coombe Hill Infants', said: “The school’s playground was recently damaged when a 200-year-old oak tree was blown down in the storm. The kids have been without a playground all of last term.

“To celebrate the kids getting back into the playground – and health and happiness week – the PTA bought and helped decorate a rainbow-coloured friendship bench.”

To get children thinking about the use of the friendship bench a special assembly was put on where they were encouraged to talk about what it means to be a good friend.

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