New minibus joy for Peterhead School

A Peterhead school is celebrating the arrival of a new wheelchair accessible minibus.

Monday, 9th November 2020, 10:47 am
Updated Monday, 9th November 2020, 2:26 pm
Anna Ritchie pupils will be able to get out and about in the new minibus once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Anna Ritchie pupils will be able to get out and about in the new minibus once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Anna Ritchie School received the new minibus from the charity Lord's Taverners two weeks before pupils returned after the summer holidays.

The delivery of the minibus was made possible thanks to fundraising efforts by the school's parent council.

The group started raising money for the minibus in February 2019 with an aim to reach £18,000.

After approaching local companies and applying for funding support the parent council was delighted to raise the required sum by October 2019.

Cash was also raised at various fundraising events while friends and family of the group took part in the Aberdeen Kiltwalk and Banchory Beast Bike Run in aid of the school.

Parent Council chair Cath Robertson said: "We were lucky enough to get grants from the Shell Small Grants scheme administered by the Buchan Development Partnership, the NorthConnect Legacy Fund administered by Foundation Scotland and the National Lottery Awards for All.

"I can't fault the local companies for their help as without them we wouldn't have the minibus, they have supported us so well and we can't thank them enough. They can all give themselves a pat on the back and be proud that they helped us to get our new minibus.

"Local businesses have been very good to our school and we get a lot of support from the local community too."

The new minibus will replace one of the school's old vehicles which unfortunately could not be repaired. It will be used to take pupils out on day trips and is large enough to enable a full class of pupils and teaching staff to travel together.

Cath explained: "The new minibus is absolutely wonderful, the school had a minibus that needed replaced but now the school is delighted to have this larger bus and a smaller minibus too.

"The children love the big bus and the teachers love taking the pupils out so it's a win all round. Once COVID-19 is lifted the bus will be everywhere."

The Parent Council is now raising money to repair the school's playground corral that was damaged by vandals in September.