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Out of the classroom and up the ski slope for pupils

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Some pupils from a school near Ellon have been taking to the slopes recently thanks to a fundraising event and one generous local firm.

P3-7 children at Arnage Primary have been at the Aberdeen dry ski slope for eight courses after a family fundraiser ceilidh was held and a local business stepped in adding to the funds.

Head teacher, Margaret Rattray said it has been a fabulous venture for the children.

Mrs Rattray said: “For many it was a completely new sport and quite a challenge but they have all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“We are delighted to have been able to offer a taster of a sport that many would not have had the chance to try of otherwise.”

P4 pupil, Kitty Burton said: “It’s been really good fun, I’ve been skiing before but having proper lessons has really helped me be more confident and I have learnt how to do different things.

The classes were organised thanks to funds raised from a ceilidh held in Methlick last year organised by parent, Lisa Massie.

Mrs Massie’s employers, Averon Engineering based in Inverurie, said that they would double the amount raised, allowing the pupils to benefit even more.

Transportation was the next hurdle for the rural school, but a volunteer driver from dial-a-bus from Buchan community made sure everything went smoothly.

The courses have seen all children successfully go beyond level 1 and even some progressing onto their level 2 of skiing.

Aberdeen snow sports centre at Garthdee said: “It’s been great having Arnage school children over the past few weeks, we love it when schools get involved. In the wake of the Winter Olympics we are hoping to get more kids into winter sports.”

Mrs Rattray added: “Who knows, perhaps a future Winter Olympic star is in the making!

“Our grateful thanks go to Lisa Massie and Averon Engineering for their support.”

P1 and 2 are also set to benefit later in the year with some extra swimming lessons.

As a school with fewer than 25 pupils, Arnage has a busy year ahead. They have recently been learning Scottish dancing, will be selling plants at their upcoming daffodil tea on March 15 as well as dashing to school for their sport relief mile on March 21. Their Summer Garden Party with Barbecue at the end of June is also not to be missed.

 

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