Shock as school seats dis­ap­pear

Van­dal­ism claim at Black­ford out­door learn­ing site

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS - Johnathon Menzies

Young­sters at a Strath school are said to have been left shocked and hor­ri­fied af­ter a spe­cial pro­ject was van­dalised.

Benches sur­round­ing a fire cir­cle used for For­est School ses­sions by pupils at Black­ford Pri­mary were stolen re­cently.

A spokesper­son for the Stir­ling Street in­sti­tu­tion con­tacted the Her­ald ear­lier this week to shine a spot­light on the in­ci­dent, dur­ing which it is al­leged the seats – which had been made by a group of par­ent vol­un­teers – were dragged out of a wooded area on the edge of the vil­lage and the fire cir­cle it­self dam­aged.

As a re­sult of the struc­tures’ dis­ap­pear­ance, the chil­dren have been un­able to use the site as planned this term.

An­drew Sin­clair is chair of the school’s par­ent coun­cil.

He said: “Over the years, Black­ford Pri­mary School Par­ent Coun­cil has as­sisted the school with ad­di­tional fund­ing to be able to of­fer For­est School ses­sions as an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the cur­ricu­lum.

“The ef­fort of in­di­vid­u­als in de­liv­er­ing For­est School ac­tiv­i­ties for Black­ford Pri­mary is out­stand­ing, as is the in­put from the chil­dren at­tend­ing the school.

“The news of the lat­est de­struc­tion of the fire cir­cle and its ac­tual re­moval from its site is dis­ap­point­ing to hear and was met with shock and hor­ror by all chil­dren and par­ents and car­ers in­volved.”

The For­est School ses­sions – de­signed to pro­mote the ben­e­fits of in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing out­side the class­room – are or­gan­ised and run by vol­un­teers.

It is un­der­stood the in­ci­dent has been re­ported to Po­lice Scot­land.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the na­tion­wide force on the non-emer­gency num­ber, 101.

Al­ter­na­tively, in­for­ma­tion can be submitted anony­mously via the Crimestop­pers hot­line on 0800 555 111.

Hap­pier times The seats and fire cir­cle in use

‘Shock Pupils at the scene of the dam­age

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