Building ties with Penicuik school

Pupils from Mauricewood Primary School with Taylor Wimpey's production manager Steven Campbell. Photo: Chris Watt
Pupils from Mauricewood Primary School with Taylor Wimpey's production manager Steven Campbell. Photo: Chris Watt

As part of Mauricewood P5’s project to understand more about Penicuik including its land uses past and present, Taylor Wimpey East Scotland was invited to provide the children with an insight into its development of new homes at Greenlaw Mill on the outskirts of Penicuik.

An informative question and answer session was held in school with questions from both classes fielded by production manager Steven Campbell, who said: “I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity to engage with both primary five children classes at Mauricewood Primary on their project to understand more about their local area – past, present and in the future. The children were well-prepared and each class had some engaging questions for me to answer.

“Our neighbouring development, Greenlaw Mill, will effect change across the local landscape in many ways. Our Q&A session with the children was a great opportunity for us to highlight the work that is underway locally and the positive effect that it will have. It was also a good time for the children to consider how the changes may affect them – including new children and families joining their community.”

With construction of new homes now underway at Greenlaw Mill, it was the ideal time to further promote the dangers associated with playing near any construction site. Steven added: “Whenever we have the opportunity to visit schools or community groups, as part of our communication, we always aim to raise the awareness of the children’s need to be extra vigilant as the construction activity on-site continues.

“Our local site manager Allan Anderson and our health and safety consultant have already been to Mauricewood Primary to remind everyone just how important it is for children to stay away from building sites. My latest visit gave me the chance to remind the children that building sites are not playgrounds!”

P5 class teacher Jenna Lamb said: “I was delighted that Steven from Taylor Wimpey took the opportunity to come into school to give us an insight into the development that’s being built not far from us here at Mauricewood Primary.

“Our topic is ‘learning more about Penicuik’ including land uses past and present, and, therefore, it has been very helpful for our project that Taylor Wimpey could facilitate a visit to school to help the children understand more about the development of new homes, and the changes that it will bring. We had lots of questions as part of our session with Taylor Wimpey and Steven’s input was really useful.”