July 3, 2008

Adventure Beckons for the Wild Rovers

By Chris Robinson

ADVENTUROUS pupils are hoping to go on more school outings to boost their learning if they win a share of the pounds 15,000 in The Journal's Tokens for Schools competitions.

Clover Hill Community Primary School in Whickham, Gateshead, is always looking at ways to encourage children's enthusiasm for education.

And if the school wins a cash prize in the token-collecting race, staff will allow time for more visits so that pupils get the most of their time at school.

They have just over a week to finish collecting the tokens, which are published every day in The Journal.

More than 50 schools from across the region are competing for a share of a pounds 15,000 Tokens for Schools pot.

Deputy headteacher Andrea Mitchell said the 200 children at the school, in Glenhurst Drive, were enthusiastic about the project but has appealed to parents to help increase their chances.

She said: "We have been collecting since it began last month and we are sending a newsletter to parents next week to encourage them to get even more involved.

"It's a great idea, especially getting both families and the community together to help the school."

There are four prizes in each of three categories - primary and first schools; secondary, middle and high schools; and special needs schools.

First prize is pounds 2,500 and second is pounds 1,500.

The third and fourth-placed schools in each section will receive pounds 500 each.

There are no restrictions on how the prize money can be spent by the winners.

Miss Mitchell added: "Any sort of extra services that we can get is always wonderful.

"We have got projects on the go and are developing the playground with new equipment.

"Money will also be put towards trips for the children and research for the curriculum is always an ongoing process.

"So anything that will benefit the school in the long run is a good thing."

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