Photo project boosts school funds

The Oban Times - - News -

BALLACHULISH Pri­mary School raised more than £100 by choos­ing to ‘keep it lo­cal’ for its school pho­tographs.

En­ter­pris­ing pupils from Ballachulish de­cided to go lo­cal for their yearly pho­tographs and raised £140 for the school fund.

Ballachulish Pri­mary School ap­proached Iain Fer­gu­son of The Write Im­age about tak­ing school portraits and he sug­gested in­volv­ing the Pupil Coun­cil (PC) to help or­gan­ise the event as an en­ter­prise project which would also raise funds for the school.

With the PC on board, to­gether with Iain, a plan of ac­tion was drawn up. This was de­vel­oped in fol­low-up meet­ings to work out the de­tail on what type of pic­tures they would like, the sizes they should of­fer, where the stu­dio could be set up, how long would be needed to take each pic­ture and or­gan­ise times for each in­di­vid­ual, class and whole school pic­tures.

The pupils de­signed and printed out book­ing forms to take home to par­ents, made lists show­ing who was com­ing at what time and set up a graph­i­cal code which could be scanned by a mo­bile phone to take peo­ple straight to a spe­cially- cre­ated web­site.

On the cho­sen day, Iain and his col­league John Paul Pee­bles set up the stu­dio in the ‘spare’ class­room, while mem­bers of the pupil coun­cil col­lected those to be pho­tographed from their class­room or nurs­ery, as well as wel­com­ing par­ents and younger broth­ers and sis­ters into the school, show­ing them to the wait­ing area and look­ing af­ter them.

Head teacher Carol Divers had also sug­gested tak­ing a whole school pic­ture in the play­ground so that chil­dren and staff could look back in years to come and re­mem­ber the build­ing. The weather was cold and wet, but once again the pupil coun­cil helped out by mak­ing con­tin­u­ous checks on the weather, rush­ing in to an­nounce a weather win­dow, then help­ing to set up chairs out­doors in just a few min­utes. This pic­ture was also turned into a cal­en­dar by Iain and John Paul who do­nated 20 copies to the school, which the chil­dren sold at the Christ­mas Fair, rais­ing an ad­di­tional £40.

Iain said: ‘The pupil coun­cil was im­pres­sive, so well or­gan­ised, po­lite and en­thu­si­as­tic. It was a great plea­sure to work with them and they learned ev­ery­thing so quickly which was a big help. Thank you also to the staff and par­ents for their sup­port, which al­lowed the chil­dren to make their project such a suc­cess and raise a to­tal of £140 for the school.’

Mem­bers of Ballachulish Pri­mary School Pupil Coun­cil, left to right, Ar­ron Cal­len­der, Ethan Starkey, Cali Don­ald, El­lie Chisholm, Ava Bathurst, Lucy MacMil­lan and Ema MacInnes, with Shay Lyn­say pre­sent­ing the cheque to Iain Fer­gu­son.

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