Buckholme Towers School headmaster Mr Iain Robertson

“Happiness through education, education through happiness” is the motto teachers and pupils at Buckholme Towers School in Lower Parkstone live by. However, education is just one of many parts involved in schooling and by encouraging children to support local causes they will develop into well-rounded individuals.

Our staff and pupils have first-hand experience of what it is like to be on the receiving end of community support. In March, the school was devastated by a fire, but thanks to local people we were able to continue lessons within 48 hours. Temporary classrooms were set up in the hall at Parkstone United Reformed Church and the community helped to build a safe pathway from the back of the church to the school, so the pupils could avoid the busy road. The refurbished school reopened on the first day of the new school term.

Experiencing this level of kindness and support really hit home to me just how important it is for the pupils to go the extra mile and give something back to the community. In light of this, we gave the new term a positive kick-start and we have already helped a number of local causes. In September we held a fundraiser and donated money to a series of charities including The Butterfly Foundation in Bournemouth, a charity working for families who have suffered domestic violence, IrisCambodia.org, an orphanage in Cambodia and Poole’s Forest Holme Hospice in return for the excellent support our caretaker, Alan John, received during his last days.

The pupils and their families also filled many bags with clothes, toys and books to increase stocks in the British Heart Foundation’s charity shops. We worked alongside local radio station, Wave 105, to help boost donations as part of the national campaign ‘Bag-a-Thon’.

More recently, we teamed up with Churchill Retirement Living in ‘The Big Little Bake-Off’ to launch a series of events hosted by the retirement company to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Fourteen pupils from year five judged cakes made by apartment owners and awarded the winner with a handmade rosette. We try to encourage pupils to get involved with a range of different charities in all kinds of ways so they understand that helping others can be fun and they will gain lots of valuable experiences in the process.

A large percentage of our pupils achieve places at local grammar schools and this is undoubtedly one of the success criteria for many of our parents. However, just as importantly, pupils leave Buckholme confident and eager to learn, they are good communicators and they understand that by giving a small amount of their time they can do wonders for people in less fortunate situations – these things, as much as the academic results, are how we measure our success.

Buckholme Towers School open events
On Friday October 11 from 5pm to 7pm, local people and businesses will get the chance to have a guided tour of the new building and to meet the headmaster and teaching staff. The Mayor of Poole Cllr Philip Eades will cut a ribbon to officially mark the opening.

Saturday 12 October from 10am to 12pm, will see local parents who wish to find out more about the school and discuss the opportunities available at Buckholme Towers.