Zara Watkinson

If it wasn’t for an unexpected work placement in a children’s nursery, High Bank Manager Zara Watkinson may well have now been playing professional sport or certainly employed somewhere in a sporting capacity.

So, we’re obviously glad that she took a different career direction.

When she was at school, Zara played cricket, swimming and football and made representative level for all three sports.

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Martin Thorpe

A bit like Star Wars, Martin Thorpe jokes his passion for music started ‘a long time ago’, although rather than a galaxy far away, in his case it was in London.

It’s a passion which benefits children today at High Bank thanks to Martin’s role as ‘The Music Man’.
Martin, 65, comes to the nursery each week to sing songs with our pre-school children, as part of the extra-curricular activities we offer at no extra costs.

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A creative start

Toddlers got the year off to a creative start by doing some large-scale painting. They painted with different patterned rollers to decorate clingfilm using their sharing and turn taking skills.

They also enjoyed getting in the new tepee to share a story with their friends.

Tweenies enjoyed baking cookies and apart from the final product, which was delicious, it was great sensory experience for them as they touched the different ingredients.

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