School marks fund-raising milestone

Celebration time as Meiklemill staff and pupils complete one million skips.
Celebration time as Meiklemill staff and pupils complete one million skips.

Staff and pupils at Ellon’s Meiklemill School are celebrating after completing a fundraising “double”.

They lapped the playground last week to match the distance from Lands’s End to John o’ Groats, and on Friday finished one million skips - a project which started in January.

Everyone has developed their skipping skills and the pupils are so proud of their achievement

Jonathan Cordiner Head Teacher

The joint effort means the school has raised more than £1000 - with more to come - for the British Heart Foundation and for school funds. It has also been part of a major drive on healthy lifestyle choices.

A full lap of the Meiklemill playground was calculated to be 0.25 miles and the pupils tallied up that 3400 in a week would get them from Land’s End to Scotland’s north-eastern tip.

Staff and parents also got involved and laps were counted using tokens given out for every one and progress was monitored each day. The playground was carefully timetabled throughout the week.

Meiklemill’s new head teacher Jonathan Cordiner said: “Pupils were fantastic and some of them were running 6k per day.

“It was great to see everyone in the school community running together for a common cause – pupils (nursery to P7), staff and parents.”

Mr Cordiner said the one million skips project had been a huge undertaking for the school.

Her explained: “Skips have been counted up for the past six months. Everyone has developed their skipping skills and the pupils are so proud of their achievement.

“There was a real buzz in the school and all 200 of us went out to the playground at 11 o’ clock to do the last few thousand skips together.”

The money raised for school funds will go towards installing a multi-media system in the hall.