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Sgoil an Rubha has been awarded a grant of £5,000 a year for five years from Point and Sandwick Trust to help with the cost of the primary seven class trip – to boost social inclusion by removing the affordability barriers faced by some families.
The new grant award has also meant that families were able to receive a partial refund on their contributions for this year’s primary seven class trip to Fairbairn Activity Centre in Muir of Ord.
The class trip to Fairbairn took place from May 8 to 10, with children able to choose from a range of outdoor activities, including paintball, mountain biking, aerial runway, lazertag and raft building.
Sgoil an Rubha have been going to Fairbairn for their annual P7 trip for a number of years, and always finish off with a few hours in Inverness.
Principal teacher Anne Macphail said it was fantastic to be able to give the parents some of their money back on this year’s trip – and that the annual grant would be a massive help in the future.
‘We do still want the parents to make a contribution and we will still be fundraising for the trip, with our Soup and Puddings, our triathlon and other events. But this grant will take a lot of pressure off the bills that we have to pay and parents will be asked to contribute a lot less,’ she said.
‘It’s amazing that we are able to give some money back to parents as it can be costly, so we wanted to call all the parents in to a meeting to tell them.
‘I think it’s really important that the parents know that Point and Sandwick Trust have done this for the children of Sgoil an Rubha, Point.
‘The grant will have a huge impact, as it takes the pressure off parents of P7 pupils who spend a lot on fundraising. The parents are the ones baking and buying the raffle tickets – it all adds up.’
Donald John MacSween, general manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, added: ‘Point and Sandwick Trust has supported Sgoil an Rubha on a number of occasions, from grants for Lego Play Therapy to helping raise the money for a disability bike.
‘We are very pleased to again help the teachers in the school who provide a great service to all their pupils and are pleased to have been able to make this grant for five years, which will help the school to plan ahead.
‘The Sgoil an Rubha P7 trips sounds like a very enjoyable and formative experience and we are happy to help with the costs of it, so that families don’t come under too much pressure in having to find the money for it.’