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Meet the youngsters bringing peace to St Paul's

Today we continue our Bring Peace to St Paul's appeal by asking readers to donate whatever they can as we aim to raise £5,000 to buy CCTV cameras.

CCTV is needed at the Queens Road School because intruders have vandalised very precious outdoor learning areas.

Resources at St Paul's Community Primary and Nursery are, quite rightly, earmarked for educating the little ones ... so that's why we have stepped in.

Reception teacher Catherine Wayland with Oskar, Danisa and Madalena, who are holding peas they've grown. (150219-19)
Reception teacher Catherine Wayland with Oskar, Danisa and Madalena, who are holding peas they've grown. (150219-19)

Once cameras are up and running, the school will be able to replace vandalised equipment and everyone, pupils and staff, will be able to live in peace.

We set the ball rolling with a £500 donation from the Lincs Free Press Children's Fund and, so far, six of our wonderful readers have together given £215.

Outdoor learning is important for all year groups at the school, not least children in the reception class.

One project sees them growing peas from seed and nurturing the plants until the crop is ready to head to the school dining room.

Reception teacher Catherine Wayland recalls the excitement of one young boy, who delivered his peas to the school dinner lady - and saw the whole cycle from plant pot to plate.

Reception teacher Catherine Wayland. (150219-18)
Reception teacher Catherine Wayland. (150219-18)

But outdoor learning has been disrupted with key educational equipment trashed, including a rip in a polytunnel.

Mrs Wayland said: "It's really, really sad.

"All of the staff work so hard to provide such a lovely working and learning environment.

"It just makes the staff and the children really sad to know that someone's come in and not had any respect for our equipment or any understanding of why it is here."

St Paul's has some wonderful woodland areas and the children love going outside to meet visitors, including birds, squirrels and foxes.

The lovely outdoor environment is matched indoors.

Mrs Wayland said: "The children are really friendly, very polite and they help each other all of the time.

"The school has a really nice atmosphere."

* You can donate to our appeal 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 will also gladly receive cash donations between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Why not hold an event? Perhaps you and a few friends could enjoy a coffee morning in aid of our appeal.

Every penny donated to the Lincs Free Press is spent on good causes and not on administration.


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