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Gairloch Primary pupils have all the answers for Young Minds charity with lockdown quiz


By Hector MacKenzie

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Gairloch Primary's p5-7 quiz class
Gairloch Primary's p5-7 quiz class

BIG-HEARTED kids at a Wester Ross primary school have managed to provide a welcome boost to a charity helping young people with mental health issues.

Staff at Gairloch Primary have been looking at ways to engage with pupils outside of their learning during lockdown.

Pupils were recently challenged to send in up to three multiple-choice quiz questions for their peer groups. That led to virtual quizzes, via Google Meet, for nursery, P1-4 and P5-7 classes.

As pupils normally take part in a fundraising event during the summer, teachers linked that with the quiz and asked for a donation to charity in order to take part.

Gairloch Primary's P1-4 classes.
Gairloch Primary's P1-4 classes.

The one chosen was Young Minds, which supports children and young people’s mental health.Donations, made through Justgiving, raised more than £300.

Teacher Mairi MacKenzie said, “It was great that so many of the pupils took part and it was brilliant to see them interact during lockdown. It is important for us, as staff, to keep the school reunited, even though we cannot be together in person.

"We are, of course, also delighted to be raising money for a very worthy charity during what is a very challenging time for many.”

The teachers already have plans in place for another virtual event in the coming weeks.

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