STUDENTS from an Andover school have been praised for their help following a community day, where they aimed to give back.

The community day took place on Tuesday, July 12, and involved students and staff from Winton Community Academy taking part in a variety of different community drives around the town.

This included doing some gardening at Rothsay Grange care home, with the home’s activities co-ordinators Irene and Leah thanking the students for their work, saying: “Everyone is saying what a lovely job you all did! We look forward to seeing you next year.”

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Other activities on the day included delivering leaflets for Romsey Community Services to advertise the organisation’s free courses at the Longmeadow Centre, litter picking, helping out at Andover Foodbank and socialising with residents at James’s Place day care centre.

Andover Advertiser: The students helped out at Andover FoodbankThe students helped out at Andover Foodbank

Back at Winton, some students helped their teachers prepare for next term by creating new and well-organized learning spaces.

Other students wrapped shoeboxes for next term's Rotary Shoebox Appeal, while a third group cooked treats for the onsite volunteers.

English teacher Felicity Thorpe-Tracey said: “This was a great opportunity to spend time with our students in a different context; I really enjoyed the day, and the students were very positive about contributing to the local community.”

Art teacher Philippe Biltoo, who painted three murals for Roman Way school alongside pupils, praised the students for their “great levels of communication, support, encouragement and creativity".

Andover Advertiser: The Winton Academy students at Roman Way SchoolThe Winton Academy students at Roman Way School

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He continued: “I was very impressed with the attitude of the prefects as well who showed a great ability in supporting the younger students and helping them shine with their creative ideas.

"I'm excited to see our students paint more murals in Andover!”

The teachers were not the only ones to praise the students, with several members of the community contacting the school to express their gratitude to the children for their work.

Both members of staff and students at Winton enjoyed the day, and hope that they have made a positive difference to the community.

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