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Rotarians help Methlick pupils remember their time at the school

By David Porter

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For all P7s across the north-east the transition into secondary will be different this year and their time together has been cut short by the closing down of schools.

The Ythan Valley Rotary has stepped in to help Methlick Primary School to buy year books, which at least can give the pupils in P7’s a memento of their primary journey, now that their normal transition and traditions in progressing from primary to secondary school has been disrupted.

As one of the P7’s pupils from the Methlick Primay School has said: “These yearbooks will mean lots to everyone!

"For all the P7’s this is a hard time and a rubbish way to end our P7, this book will be a good keep safe and definitely cheer everyone up!”

The head teacher, Colette Fraser and P6/7 teacher Stephanie Deans had come up with the idea for the yearbooks and had hoped the P7’s could have done fundraising for the books themselves, but

given the circumstances it was not possible.

Mrs Fraser said: “I do feel that the year book is going to be a vital link for these pupils as they have had their time together cut short and have not had the normal passage to high school they

should have had.

"Transition is an important step and Miss Deans and I are very keen to create and maintain memories and bonds they will carry with them to their next stage of education.

"Miss Deans has worked very hard with the P7s to create this book and it will be a wonderful memory of Methlick for our pupils”.

The Ythan Valley Rotary donated £200 towards the year books.

Rotarian Gordon Wallace said: "No doubt the crisis is very hard to all the school children, who are just now missing their friends and daily life at school.

"And for the pupils, who will be leaving the school, this time is perhaps even harder and more emotional, as they will be missing out on the traditions and normal introductions into their next step.

"The Ythan Valley Rotary Club were delighted to help the school, the pupils and the community at this time."

Mrs Fraser added that she was grateful for the clubs donation to the end of year project: “We are so grateful to the Ythan valley Rotary for supporting this venture.

“ The original plan had been for the P7 group to fundraise for the year books through an enterprise project.

“Due to Covid-19 this could not happen and we were faced with either charging the pupils for the books or the school finding the money to pay for them.

“The Ythan Valley Rotary have saved us having to ask parents for money during this difficult time orhaving to dip into our small school budget for this.

“Their support is very much appreciated.”

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