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St Paul’s Community Primary School in Spalding has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its outdoor learning.

But, earlier this year, the school suffered setbacks when intruders damaged key educational equipment used in outdoor lessons.

Our generous readers offered to make amends, some donating towards repairs, but that money can’t be spent until the school is secure.

Our inspirational primary school teacher of the year: Andy Dowling leads outdoor learning at St Paul's. (080319-28)
Our inspirational primary school teacher of the year: Andy Dowling leads outdoor learning at St Paul's. (080319-28)

So we stepped in with our Bring Peace to St Paul’s campaign, donating £500 from the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund towards the £5,000 cost of a CCTV system.

And we’ve asked our readers to help because all donations, no matter how small, will count.

Seven of our wonderful readers have together given £240, and one had this message for the school: “Just wishing you well after all the trouble you’ve had. Will it ever end?”

The man who leads outdoor learning at St Paul’s, Andy Dowling, was named by this newspaper as our 2018 Inspirational Primary School Teacher of the Year.

One item trashed by vandals was a roundhouse designed and built by pupils using ancient techniques.

Andy said: “We were talking about Stone Age man in the classroom but by going outside to build the roundhouse the children gained a deeper understanding of the subject and a real sense of achievement.”

Such projects boost children’s confidence.

Andy explains the children are more able to understand that there’s really no limit to what they can do when they are able to apply newly-learned skills.

* You can donate by bank transfer to the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund at Barclays Spalding branch - the sort code is 20 80 78 and the account number is 60972789.

You can write a cheque payable to the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund and either post it or bring it to our office at 4 Francis Street, Spalding.

We can receive cash donations between from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.



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