School takes delivery of new mini-bus

Members of the Parent Council, staff, pupils and invited guests with the new mini-bus.

Members of the Parent Council, staff, pupils and invited guests with the new mini-bus.

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A reception was held at Webster’s High School on Friday when the school took delivery of a new mini-bus.

After three years of fund-raising by the school’s parent council, the bus was finally unveiled on Friday afternoon.

Geoff Hobson, chairman of the parent council, paid tribute to all those who had helped finance the £39,000 vehicle.

Donations were made by all the community councils within the Webster’s catchment area - Kirriemuir, Newtyle & Eassie, Glamis, Kirriemuir Landward West and Kirriemuir Landward East. There were donations from Glenprosen Estate, Rottal Estates, Thorntons and Proctor Insulation. Glamis Primary School Parent Council also made a donation as did the Tay Charitable Trust, Glens & Kirriemuir Old Parish Church, Davidson Park Action Group and Kirriemuir Rotary.

The Co-op made a donation and allowed raffles and bag packs to be held in its Kirriemuir store.

There was a further £3,000 boost from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund which attracted local support in a community vote.

Mr Hobson said: “Many events were organised by the parent council, pupils and Webster’s High School. The fund-raising started in February 2012. The total raised is a little over £23,600 and the cost of the mini-bus is £39,000 including the fitting of the wheelchair lift.

“The parent council would like to offer a huge thank you to all members of the local community who helped with the many fund-raising events, and particularly to Jane Stork (who retired as PC chair in September last year) and former Rector Mr Eric Summers who retired last summer.”

Mrs Jane Esson, head teacher at Webster’s, said she is delighted the school has such an active, hard-working parent council.

She said: “The mini-bus is essential to help us enhance pupils’ learning. It will support the delivery of the curriculum for excellence. It will be used for sports trips, field trips and to support vocational learning in the community.”