Dervaig school has it covered

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Dervaig Primary School has it covered when it comes to improving its playground.

Two years ago the school started plans to revamp the play area with support from the community and well-wishing organisations to get them on their way.

Thanks to generous donations, the school now has a shelter for outdoor learning and play, installed over the October break by Scotplay, which has been in constant use ever since, says Tracy Mayo who is chairperson of the school’s parent council.

‘It definitely has their seal of approval,’ said Tracy, who, along with the rest of the school, is looking forward to inviting people to come along and experience the comfort of the shelter for themselves – when Covid allows.

Another addition to the playground has been picnic benches and parasols for brighter days and a number of all-weather large wooden blocks, a bit like ‘delux Lego’ says Tracy, which the children can use to let their imaginations run wild and build all sorts of shapes and structures.

It was a grant of £2,500 from the Waterfall Fund that started the school on its fundraising journey.

‘We have a fantastic community who have supported us thus far. Former students,
residents, parents and extended families, staff, visitors to the island, The Bellachroy,
Dugie’s Premier, Turus Mara, Calgary Arts, Ony Boa, binman Colin Morrison and his wonderful calandars, The Quin family, Argyll Trust and so many more. Thank you all for helping us make the children’s dream a reality!’ said Tracy.

There is still plenty more fundraising to do and grants are being sought to buy a water cascade, more outdoor blocks, waterproofs, raised beds for growing vegetables and to sow more plans for outdoor learning, and a forest school tying in with the already well-established community orchard in the village.

Tracy added: ‘We are very conscious of how lucky we are to have the support we do, and also the need to be sensitive in our fundraising activities given the impact Covid-19 has had on our community and other communities around the world.’

More fundraising is on the way with a Christmas raffle coming up, selling numbered squares from The Bellachroy Inn, Dugie’s Premier, and Tobermory Christmas market on November 28 and 29.

Donations can also be made direct by visiting www.dervaigprimaryschool.co.uk/school-playground