Reading primary schoolchildren who want a chance to name the fish in the Forbury Gardens pond need to get their names in the register in a scheme to reward the school with the most improved attendance record.
Twenty pupils from the winning school will be invited to a special event at Forbury Gardens, where they will be presented with the John Lewis School Attendance Trophy for most improved attendance this academic year, Terms 1-4, at the event on July 10, 4pm at Forbury Gardens.
The pupils and their families will enjoy entertainment and games, and a celebratory cake. As part of the fun, the children will be invited to name fish for the park’s pond.
A team of volunteers from John Lewis visited Forbury Gardens on June 12 to clean the pond and prepare it for its new residents.
Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Education, Cllr John Ennis, said: “There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving the best results for children. The Council recognises the vital importance of regular school attendance and works closely with schools and families to support pupils to reach their full potential.
“The Forbury Gardens event and the John Lewis Trophy are two excellent ways of recognising and celebrating good attendance and I hope the children attending enjoy a well-deserved after-school treat.”
John Lewis Operations Manager, Sarah Wilder, said: “John Lewis Reading is very happy to support this local event. It is a great opportunity for Partners to help out within the local community.”
Our exclusive video shows the team in action.