September 26, 2008

Winners in the Tokens for Schools ; Tokens for Schools BARCLAYS Community Effort Boosts Primary With Only 15 Pupils

By Sam Wood

THE lucky winners of The Journal's Tokens For Schools competition have been revealed. More than 50 schools in the region entered the competition, which was run in association with Barclays Bank.

There was a top prize of pounds 2,500 for the schools which collected the most tokens in each category, to be spent how they wish. There was a second prize of pounds 1,500 and pounds 500 for third and fourth in each category.

The competition was split into primary and first schools and secondary, middle and high schools.

Linton First School in Northumberland, which has only 15 pupils, won the primary school section.

Head teacher Katherine Urwin said: "Usually we can't enter any competitions like this because we just don't have enough pupils and it is only a small community. We just can't collect enough tokens.

But The Journal said it would be averaged per pupil so that gave us a chance.

"It has been really moving. The community has all come together so well. The village shop has been brilliant. We have had letters from all over the North East and people have been sending in their tokens from Ashington and Morpeth. Someone even sent us some from Durham.

"We will be spending the money to renovate our garden which has become overgrown and unpleasant.

Hopefully this time next year we will be able to have many of our lessons outside.

"I would just like to thank all The Journal readers who sent us tokens."

Acklington First School, Northumberland took second place, with Harbottle CoE and Norham St Ceowulf's First Schools, both in Northumberland, taking third and fourth places in the primary section. Seahouses Middle School in Northum-berland won the secondary, middle and high school category.

Headteacher Julie Harris said: "We are thrilled to win and for a school our size pounds 2,500 is a lot of money. We had great support from the families of our pupils, particularly grandparents.

"It's a great way to start the new school year and the news has given everyone a real boost.

"We have just become a specialist school for music and ICT and have lots of exciting plans to develop those areas of our curriculum in the community.

"Thank you to everyone who supported our appeal for tokens."

Glendale Middle School in Northumberland won the pounds 1,500 for second place, with Blyth Community College and St Joseph's RC Secondary School in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear came third and fourth.

Stella McRae, communication manager at Barclays Bank said: "We are delighted to have supported Tokens for Schools in partnership with The Journal as part of our commitment to local communities. It has been rewarding for Barclays employees to visit the winning schools and see all those happy smiling faces.

"We hope all the schools enjoy spending their winnings and best wishes to all for the future."

"We are thrilled to win and for a school our size pounds 2,500 is a lot of money. We had great support from the families of our pupils, particularly grandparents

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