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Technology bonus for village school's pupils

School receiving iPads

Children at a small village primary school and nursery are now able to access educational programmes at the touch of a button, thanks to a generous donation.

Beattock Primary School’s 47 children and the adjoined nursery’s 21 children previously shared just two iPads between them, which made learning online via apps almost impossible.

But, thanks to a new partnership with Community Windpower, the school have just taken delivery of ten brand new iPads to help children make the most of digital technology and education.

Hazel Graham, acting depute at Beattock Primary School, said: “We’re not a big school with huge resources, but we have children who are always eager to learn and need technology to help them progress.

“When Community Windpower became aware of the situation and offered us a solution, the school and parent council were absolutely delighted.

“The new iPads will make a huge difference to the school and help the children reach their potential by using the educational programmes made available through Dumfries and Galloway Council.”

As part of the partnership with the school, Community Windpower has also taken the pupils and teachers on a visit to its Sanquhar Community Wind Farm, to help learn more about renewable energy, climate change and how turbines work.

“We feel very fortunate to have established a partnership with Community Windpower as the company and its staff have been really supportive of the children,” added Mrs Graham.

“The company have shown such positive interest in helping the school and children learn about energy and the future of our climate, and we’re very grateful.”

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, said: “We’ve been an intrinsic part of communities in southern Scotland for 13 years with our Dalry, Millour Hill, Sanquhar and Aikengall wind farms, supporting schools, organisations, charities and children.

“Everyone at Community Windpower really enjoys seeing the differences we make to communities and we hope the children at Beattock Primary School really benefit from the iPads.

“We’ll continue to look at ways we can help the children and school, and look forward to seeing just how much the iPads support the pupils’ education.”

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