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Grant boost gets Cullen kids on their bikes


By Alan Beresford

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CULLEN Primary School's campaign to encourage pupils to get on their bikes has been handed a cash boost.

(From left) Cullen Primary Brodie McKandie, Darcy Farren, Freya Murray and Samson Irwin get ready to go for a spin on their bikes. Picture: Moray Council
(From left) Cullen Primary Brodie McKandie, Darcy Farren, Freya Murray and Samson Irwin get ready to go for a spin on their bikes. Picture: Moray Council

The school has been awarded funding of £240 from the Gwen Mayor Memorial Trust to purchase a set of 15 new cycling helmets.

The Gwen Mayor Memorial Trust was established in March 1996 following the tragic events in Dunblane Primary School on March 13, 1996 when the teacher, Gwen Mayor, lost her life along with 16 pupils of the school.

Established by the Educational Institute of Scotland, the trade union to which Gwen Mayor belonged, the fund is made up of donations from teachers, teacher trade unions, individuals and other organisations from throughout Britain and beyond.

The Early Stages department at Cullen Primary School has worked hard to implement a highly valued ethos of learning through play. They make daily use of the outdoor environment and regularly visit the local beach, which provides the most beautiful outdoor classroom.

Staff at the school have identified a need for encouraging bike riding and skills in pupils and, after a successful plea for second-hand bikes and scooters, the school was left without enough cycling helmets.

Headteacher Carene Hay said: “I’m delighted that our staff took the initiative to apply for the funding so that the children of Cullen can benefit from these essential skills.

“We thank the Gwen Mayor Memorial Trust for granting us the money and now that we have the helmets the children can develop their bike riding skills within the safety of our school grounds.

“It’s well known that cycling develops gross motor skills in young children whilst providing the opportunity to develop independence and a love of cycling from an early age. Cycling is also free and a great way to help us reduce emissions within our community here in Cullen.”

The school would still welcome donations of second hand bikes and scooters in good condition for ages up to eight years old and the school office can be contacted with any donations on admin.cullenp@moray-edunet.gov.uk or (01542) 840279.


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