YOUNGSTERS at St Mary’s Church Of England Primary School in Bulwell have been given an incentive to keep up good attendances throughout the year.
For a bicycle, donated to the school on Ragdale Road, by Bulwell and Basford Rotary Club will be offered as top prize in a grand raffle at the end of the year.
Children will receive a ticket for the draw for every week of full attendance they record.
St Mary’s became one of three schools to benefit from the generosity of veteran Rotarian George Bagshaw, who bought two bikes for the school on behalf of the Rotary Club.
The first was a prize in a Christmas raffle that raised £560.
Head teacher Daniel Farthing and attendance-improvement officer Emma Raynor, who is based at Bulwell Academy, invited Mr Bagshaw (90) and Rotary colleagues Bill Smith and John Heading to a special assembly where plans for the fate of the second bike were outlined.
Even though school attendance has been impressive in recent times, Mr Farthing urged the children to “persevere” even harder to earn rewards at the end of the year.
Said Mr Farthing: “If they keep up a run of full attendances, the more tickets they will receive and the more chance they will have in the grand draw.
“The pupil whose ticket is drawn out first will win the bicycle. There will also be a class prize, which is a Nintendo Wii Sport console.
“The school is delighted to have links with the Rotary Club, whose support is highly valued. We are particularly grateful to Mr Bagshaw, whose generosity is very much appreciated.”
OUR PHOTO shows Mr Farthing (right) and Emma Raynor with pupils and Rotary Club members, including Mr Bagshaw (seated centre). (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).