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Margarine mountain pays dividends for pupils

Date: 05 February 2016

Weald School pupils show off 12 new tabletsPupils at The Weald CofE Primary School, Beare Green, are reaping the rewards after parents and staff ate their way through a remarkable 600 tubs of Flora margarine to win the school 12 Samsung Galaxy tablets.

After appeals in newsletters to collect foil lids from promotional tubs, parents gathered 100 lids to earn them two tablets.

But the academy school’s parent teacher association, Friends of the Weald, set its aim higher and bought 500 tubs of the sunflower spread which were sold to staff and parents at every opportunity.

After a nervous wait – as the promotion was subject to availability – the school was delighted to receive 12 of the seven inch wifi 8GB tablets at the end of January.

Chair of Friends of the Weald Nicki Taylor said: “They say you don’t get something for nothing so it is just fantastic to have this amazing package of brand new technology arrive for our children and the staff to benefit from.

“The whole school community was incredibly supportive and embraced the opportunity – freezers filled up and a lot of baking went on in homes around Beare Green in the run up to the deadline!”

The school’s 277 pupils already have access to an ICT suite with computers and laptops, but the mobile devices will help with learning in classrooms around the school.

Interim headteacher Mrs Karen Simpson said: “The children and staff are delighted. These are the first tablets we have had in the school so we are now eagerly looking into all the opportunities they will bring - staff and pupils will be able to use the technology to research, create and present in innovative new ways.

“A close partnership between parents and the school is at the heart of all that we do at the Weald and this promotion highlights the parents’ dedication to the cause. I would like to thank everyone for their support, particularly our Friends of the Weald who are never afraid to think big!”

The Weald School is part of the Good Shepherd Trust, a multi-academy trust set up by the diocese to lead and support church school academies.

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