St. Paul’s P.S. Rising from the Ashes

MORE SURPRISES FOR ST PAUL'S!...Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Maire McKeever, Hi Volt Capacitors, Mrs Irene Hewitt and Janine McCreadie-Barrett, Tesco Community Team, presenting St Paul's ECO Warriors with a new shed and equipment following the recent arson attack on the school garden. Included in the photograph are Mrs Catrina McFeely, Principal, Miss Anne McGuiggan, Extended Schools Coordinator and Mrs Julie Brolly, ECO Club Leader. DER4115MC002
MORE SURPRISES FOR ST PAUL'S!...Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Maire McKeever, Hi Volt Capacitors, Mrs Irene Hewitt and Janine McCreadie-Barrett, Tesco Community Team, presenting St Paul's ECO Warriors with a new shed and equipment following the recent arson attack on the school garden. Included in the photograph are Mrs Catrina McFeely, Principal, Miss Anne McGuiggan, Extended Schools Coordinator and Mrs Julie Brolly, ECO Club Leader. DER4115MC002

The principal of a local primary school which had its eco-garden shed and equipment destroyed in an arson attack in August this year, says she is overwhelmed by the support from the local community and businesses in the past few weeks.

The designated school garden at St. Paul’s PS was set up for the children from primary one, two and three and they themselves did all the gardening. So much so, that an Eco-Club was set up and still runs at the school every Monday afternoon.

At the time of the arson attack all the equipment the pupils used was lost in the fire and the shed was burned to the ground.

A delighted St. Paul’s PS principal, Mrs Catrina McFeely said: “We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from the local community and also the parents of the school, following the news of the vandalism in our garden.

“It’s a great lesson in kindness for our children to learn, and we thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.

“The huge bag of gardening equipment that was in the shed was bought with Sainsbury’s vouchers for schools and when they heard about that they offered to replace all of it.

“The eco garden is only about two years old but has been used and loved by all of the children in the school. One of our teachers Ann McGuigan and one of the teaching assistants Julie Brolly put their hearts and souls into the garden and were working towards an eco award.”