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Thurso school benefits from playground upgrade


By David G Scott

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PARENTS and pupils of Pennyland Primary School in Thurso were invited to an open day event last Friday (September 20) and saw the positive benefits of community payback.

The playground area of the school was recently renovated by workers doing unpaid labour as part of the Caithness Community Payback Team.

Pictured at the open day with the P6 'playground police' are (from left) community payback supervisor Bob Miller, Pennyland parent council chairperson Anji MacKenzie and P1 teacher Catherine Taylor.
Pictured at the open day with the P6 'playground police' are (from left) community payback supervisor Bob Miller, Pennyland parent council chairperson Anji MacKenzie and P1 teacher Catherine Taylor.

Sheds were erected and painted; the shelter was brightened up and turned into a climbing wall with new murals; and the nursery area benefited from being upgraded too.

The work was carried out by clients of the Criminal Justice Service who had been sentenced by Wick Sheriff Court to carry out unpaid work in the community.

P1 teacher Catherine Taylor said: "We are delighted with all the work carried out by the community payback team and the children are seeing real benefits from their new play area."

Community payback officer Steve MacDonald said: "To be of assistance to the community in such a proactive way as this is exactly what community payback is all about. The clients who carried out the work did so under the supervision of Bob Miller and they took great pride in completing this project."

Should anyone require further details of the work carried out, Steve MacDonald can be contacted at Criminal Justice Services on 01349 781300.



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