The Oban Times - - Districts -

A GEN­ER­OUS £750 grant from Benderloch-based Scot­tish Sea Farms is help­ing pupils of an Oban pri­mary school ex­pe­ri­ence a trip they might oth­er­wise not have en­joyed.

St Columba’s Pri­mary School plans ex­cur­sions for its se­nior pupils ev­ery Septem­ber. This year the pri­mary sixes will spend three days camp­ing with Stra­mash on Ker­rera, while pri­mary sev­ens will visit Glas­gow for three days.

Both trips cost £150 per child and the do­na­tion from Scot­tish Sea Farms will mean some chil­dren who might not have been able to go be­cause of fam­ily fi­nan­cial con­straints can sign up.

Michaelina MacLel­lan, head teacher of St Columba’s Pri­mary School, said: ‘The chil­dren learn life­long skills, in­clud­ing self- es­teem, trust, prob­lem-solv­ing, in­de­pen­dence and mak­ing choices, on these trips. It also en­ables chil­dren to build on re­la­tion­ships with other chil­dren and adults in a struc­tured set­ting. We are so grate­ful for this fund­ing.’

Don­ald Buchanan, pro­cess­ing man­ager, Scot­tish Sea Farms, added: ‘ We can all re­mem­ber what it is like to miss out on a school trip. This sup­port will help those pupils who want to go on one of these great trips the chance to do so. What seems likes a rel­a­tively small amount of money will cre­ate great me­mories for these pri­mary school chil­dren.’

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms for Heart of the Com­mu­nity grants can be found on the Scot­tish Sea Farms web­site www. scot­tish­sea­farms.com

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