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Aberdeenshire youngsters on the trail of adventure

19th March 2012

Creative Kennethmont Primary pupils have come up trumps in a national competition thanks to their design of an environmentally friendly wooden adventure trail.

On Friday, March 23, the brand new £10,000 adventure trail, which has been installed in a playing field adjacent to the school, will be officially opened.

The youngsters entered the competition, run by oil and gas company BP, to bid for grant money towards projects which would bring the Olympics, or Olympic values, to life in their school.

The youngsters decided that they wanted to make school play time more positive and encourage better team work and so decided to make an application for the trail.

Head teacher of Kennethmont School, Annabel Ross, said:  “The trail was designed by the children and they had to work out what items would work best for different age groups as well as decide on a budget. The result is that they now have a trail in the public playing field which will be suitable for young children as well as teenagers.

“I am sure it will have the desired effect of improving play times for the pupils, but I hope they will enjoy it at other times too when they can visit with their families and friends.”

Kennethmont P7 pupil Ruaraidh Murray (11) said: “The P5-7 class has made three rules for the adventure trail. The rules are: be safe, play fair, and of course have fun! We have interviewed the whole school about the trail and all of them said it’s fun and really sporty.”

Corporate Responsibility Manager for BP, Lynne Staples-Scott, said: “The judges from BP were impressed by the fact that the whole school was involved in the project and that it would have a wider community benefit.

“There were many applicants for the fund from across the UK, so Kennethmont did very well to be selected as one of the award winners. Overall, 39 awards were made and 12 of these were to Scottish schools.”


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