|22 Sep 2014|
Youngsters from Priory School, on Sir Harry’s Road, decided to call Edgbaston’s newest care home Oakwood House after Gracewell Healthcare invited the neighbouring school to name its latest development.
The winning name, chosen by Year 6 pupils Kiah Wright, 11, and Michael McCormick, 10, was inspired by the beautiful grounds and surroundings of Priory School.
Managing Director, of Gracewell Amanda Scott, said she was delighted with Kiah and Michael’s choice adding it was fantastic to draw inspiration from the local area.
She said: “We decided to choose the name Oakwood House from the children’s shortlist because we loved the fact that it was inspired by their love of nature here on their doorstep.
“We’re very much looking forward to building a strong relationship with Priory School and the wider community because we believe young and older people can gain and learn so much from each other.
“It’s our vision that Oakwood House will become a key part of the community here in Edgbaston, somewhere that people come to enjoy special time with their families and create new memories.”
Amanda Scott announced the winning name from a shortlist of suggestions at a school assembly on Thursday (September 18th) and presented the school with a £250 Waterstone’s voucher for school books.
Kiah and Michael accepted the prize on behalf of their classmates.
Kiah said: “I was really surprised that Michael and I won. First of all we came up with separate names, Green Pastures and Birch Meadows, because we wanted a name that was about the area around our school.
“Then we realised that our names were both about trees so we came up with Oakwood House. We wanted to call it a ‘house’ so it would offer a warm and friendly welcome.
“We are very excited to visit the home when it opens and see the name on the sign outside.”
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