Pupils plan smart festive fundraiser

IT WILL hopefully be ‘jingle tills all the day’ at Knowepark Primary School in Selkirk, which launches its latest major fund-raising initiative, writes Mark Entwistle.

The school has had its fair share of worries over the past few years, including a number of unsatisfactory inspection reports, but parents, staff and pupils have all been working hard to change things for the better and the next step on that road to recovery is today’s Christmas Fair.

The new leadership team of acting head teacher Maria McGinley and acting deputy, Susan Graham, has proved a real catalyst for change, and the two women are working hard with the staff to turn the school around.

The fair is being organised by the Knowepark Parent Partnership Fundraising Group (formerly the PTA) in an attempt to raise the ambitious sum of £6,000 to purchase two badly-needed interactive whiteboards known as SMART Boards.

This time last year Knowepark only had two SMART Boards, but it now has seven and needs another three so that all the youngsters will have one in their classroom.

Two of the older boards are nearing the end of their life and an expected rise in the school roll may require another classroom and therefore another board.

Mrs McGinley commented: “The interactive learning experience offered by SMART Boards will help foster a love of learning in all our pupils. I’m very grateful to the children, parents and the Parent Partnership Fundraising Group for all their efforts.”

Primary 7 pupil Chloe Dickson said: “I thought it would just be like a computer, but it’s amazing – it really does make things easier to understand.”

The Knowepark Christmas Fair includes the launch of the school’s first school calendar, Christmas cards and art exhibition, and the school’s Eco-Committee stall. There will also be Santa’s Grotto and Christmas trees for sale. The fair is on from 3-8pm. Entrance is £1 for adults (includes mulled wine and a mince pie) and free for children under 12.