Silkstone Primary School

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School Huskar Memorial Garden

You may have seen the new garden taking place at the front of school. It is being transformed into a memorial herb garden to commemorate the children that lost their lives in the Huskar Pit Disaster in 1838. The garden has been designed in such a way that children (and adults!) will be able to walk along the gravel path and plants will then be put around the path to create a herb garden in memory of the disaster. Members of class 4 have helped to put in the first few plants, with further seeds and herbs being planted in the coming weeks. A big thank you to the Church volunteers that have already spent many hours getting the garden to the point it is now. The garden is set to be ‘opened’ on 4th July, exactly 180 years to the date since the disaster.


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Mrs Avril Griffin

We are sorry to inform you that Mrs Griffin, who held the post of Business Manager at our school for 14 years and retired in 2016, died on April 1st in Weston Park hospital after a short illness, bravely endured.
Mrs Griffin who had worked in the Education system for 34 years, was a valuable asset for our school with her vast knowledge and experience. From running the office, sorting out the school budget/finances and being present at  governors meetings taking minutes and supplying necessary information, she could always be relied upon to support the school and staff. She generously  found time in her busy working day to listen and offer advice to anyone in need. Her kindness meant she made many friends at school with whom she mixed socially. Her company was always appreciated as she had a wonderful sense of humour and infectious laugh.
Avril’s greatest love was her family and she often lovingly spoke of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was very proud of them all and enjoyed nothing more than spending as much time with them as possible. She was also very creative and would spend hours sewing, knitting and baking, usually always for other people. At our school fayre in 2015 she worked hard for weeks to make enough items to fill a whole stall all by herself. Gardening was another one of her passions and the love with which she tended  her plants was evident when you walked round her beautiful garden.
 People who came into contact with Avril will have their own special memories, but everyone is in agreement that she was definitely a wonderful  lady who will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.
Our sincere condolences go to her family at this difficult time.