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Our school council said they would like friendship benches in our playground at which point Mrs Appleton organised a competition to pick children from every class to paint part of the bench. The chosen children worked with local artist Steve Porter to design and paint the benches. HMS Victory have very kindly donated one bench which the children have decorated as a ship. The other bench was purchased from our prize money for winning the Portsmouth City Council Recycling Design competion. On 11th January 2012 people from HMS Victory came in to a special assembly to present the bench to the school.

Headteacher Mr Sykes said The purchase of the Friendship benches is another example of the excellent relationship that we have with HMS Victory. We were very pleased to welcome Lt Cdr Rod Stathern, the new captain of HMS Victory, into school to present the benches. We know they will get very good use from our children. A special thanks to our School Council, who suggested the idea."

HMS Victory's Commanding Officer Lt Cdr Strathern said “Having recently taken over the privileged position of Commanding Officer of HMS VICTORY, this was my first visit to The Victory School and I was touched by the warm welcome and impressed by the facilities and team at the school. I think the Friendship Bench is a great idea and I look forward to other initiatives in the future which will help to continue to promote and strengthen the relationship between the Ship and the School”.

Taylor McCance said "I think they'll help the school because if someone is feeling lonely they will have somewhere to go."

James Rickaby said "The benches are nice and colourful which makes people feel happy."

Jacob Chambers said "The bench with the ship on is my favourite because I like the sails."

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