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School delight at lottery cash boost

PUBLISHED: 17:50 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 16 August 2010

Sally Crowley (check spelling) celebrating with children 
about their lottery win to transform their garden area

Sally Crowley (check spelling) celebrating with children about their lottery win to transform their garden area

CHILDREN and staff at two schools are thrilled they have been awarded lottery grants. The money came from London Awards for All

CHILDREN and staff at two schools are thrilled they have been awarded lottery grants.

The money came from London Awards for All and will benefit Midfield Primary School in Grovelands Road, St Paul's Cray and St Philomena's Primary School, Chelsfield Road, Orpington.

Teacher Sally Crowley, who works at Midfield - which was awarded £4,518 - was told their application had been successful at the beginning of this month.

She said: "We're thrilled and excited that we were selected, it's literally like winning the lottery.

"We applied for the grant to improve the school grounds and environment.

"We are going to set up a gardening club and every class will have their own allotment so every child will get a chance to grow something.

"The money will also help us revamp the sensory garden and we will have an artist come in to the school to work with the children and make a really nice new wooden sign to direct people around the site.

"It will be nice for the children to have new gardening tools and we're going to have bat-boxes and hedgehog boxes and a habitat trail.

"The children are very excited because they'll get to make more use of the outside areas."

The majority of the heavy garden work will be done throughout the summer holidays so when the children return in September they can begin planting and making the most of their new gardens. Ryan Langford, a year five teacher at St Philomena's, made the application with the help of Bromley Sports Partnership, and was delighted when it was accepted and they were awarded £9,776.

He said: "We were really pleased when we found out. All schools should apply for the money because it's brilliant and it's there for the taking.

"It's fantastic, we can do so much, it will go a really long way.

"We want to encourage as many children to get involved in sports as possible and we're particularly targeting those who aren't so keen to normally.

"It's important to make them more aware. The money will go a long way. I'm not sure the children are quite aware of just how much this will impact them yet, but they will appreciate it soon.

"We are hoping to get started in the new autumn term and we'll be recruiting new staff to help out."

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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