Craigievar pupils now have somewhere to shelter

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A new shelter at Craigievar Primary School was unveiled last week, on a very fitting day as the snow fluttered down and surrounded the new building.

The opening of the shelter marks a huge milestone for the pupils as they had requested somewhere for them to sit and shelter away from the rain, snow and sun (on the warmer days!).

The whole school (pictured) attended the opening as did the staff and some parents and grandparents, as well as local councillor John Latham, who was asked to open the shelter.

The opening of the shelter is the first stage in the refurbishment of the playground led by a group of local parents.

Once the weather improves, a storage shed, ourdoor games area and art work will begin to arrive.

The funding for this whole project has been made possible through active fund-raising by the parents, a grant from the Lottery and Marr Area Partnership and it is hoped that as well as providing shelter for pupils during their break times, the new shelter will be used for other activities during the school day.

At the opening on Thursday, the whole school of pupils, parents and guests were piped across the playground by a former Craigievar Primary School pupil Murray Watt, who is now in S3 at Alford Academy.

The Primary Seven pupils then led an assembly during which a ribbon was cut by Mr Latham to open the shelter.

The end of term assembly before breaking up for the Easter break was then held inside the shelter before parents were invited to decorate eggs with their children and enjoy a cup of tea and homebakes in the school’s newly opened shelter.