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Builder Bear joins schoolchildren from St Michael’s Primary School to learn about building houses

Last week 28 schoolchildren at St Michael’s Primary School in Dumfries visited the Story Homes Summerpark development as part of a school module about careers.

The children, along with their teacher Mr Carson, visited Summerpark to learn all about the different jobs involved in building and selling houses, and also to learn about the importance of staying safe on building sites.

Assistant Site Manager Sean Kelly and Sales Executive Fiona Ure took it in turns to chat to the children about how Story Homes builds and sells houses, and answer any burning questions from the students. The Primary 4 class were also able to look around the show home and sit inside a piece of site machinery to get a first-hand feel for how the Story Homes business works. The children had the opportunity to dress up in personal protection equipment, including a hard hat and high-visibility vest, and were joined by Story Homes’ friendly mascot Builder Bear.

Story Homes’ Assistant Site Manager Sean Kelly said: “As a five-star housebuilder, we know the importance of making children and young people aware of site safety. We have a responsibility to the communities in which we build to not only enhance the area but also to minimise any disruption caused by our work – and this includes ensuring our neighbours are kept safe.

“We thoroughly enjoyed taking questions from the students, and hopefully when they are older, they may consider applying for one of our apprentice roles. We want to thank St Michael’s Primary School and the P4 class for coming to visit us at Summerpark and we hope to see them again soon.”

Mr Carson, Primary 4 Class Teacher, said: “The pupils all enjoyed their day at Summerpark and greatly appreciated the gift bags, workbooks and crayons from Story Homes. They learned a lot about the Story Homes business and the different roles within the organisation. Hopefully this is something another class can do in the future.”

ThIs year Story Homes is celebrating 10 years since the launch of its successful Summerpark development in Dumfries. Summerpark was Story Homes’ first ever development in Scotland and is still the biggest development in Dumfries and Galloway to date. It is now home to 291 residents, plus two family play areas that were provided for homeowners to enjoy, and the development has also received numerous awards in recognition of its quality.

If your school is close to a Story Homes development and you would like to register for a workshop, contact communications@storyhomes.co.uk or call 01228 891528.

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