Jump to it as school gets new playground

Colinton Primary School has a new playground thanks to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme run by the Ministry of Defence.

The scheme was established to support the Community Covenant and to fund local projects that bring together civilian and Armed Forces communities.

Susan Imrie, Head Teacher at Colinton Primary School, said: “The children are thrilled with the new equipment and really enjoy the challenge of trying out the different beams and bars.

“All we had before was a big empty space so to have a brand new playground is just fantastic. It will also be used by children and their families before and after school.”

Education Convener, Councillor Paul Godzik added: “Edinburgh has a long and proud tradition of close links with the Armed Forces – none more so than at Colinton Primary School where many of the pupils come from Army families.

“I’m delighted that our close partnership working has resulted in the successful community covenant grant to build the new playground.”

Colonel Phil Bates, Commander of Edinburgh Garrison: “I was delighted to open this new play and learning area for Colinton School. This is a tangible example of how the Community Covenant Grant scheme can work for the benefit of all.

“Colinton Primary School cares for a large number of Service children and is proactive in addressing the demands and pressures placed on Service families, especially when a parent is deployed on operations.

“The school is a place where the Service and non Service children can blend together seamlessly and fosters support and understanding on all sides.

Colonel Bates concluded: “The Head Teacher and her staff and the children are to be congratulated in developing this idea and taking it forward.

“I would also like to thank our Community Covenant partners, local Army units, and the parents for their continued support to the school.”

Additional information:

£30 million has been allocated to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme which was established to support the Community Covenant and to fund local projects that bring together the civilian and Armed Forces communities.

There will be three Community Covenant Grant Scheme panel meetings this year in July, October and February. Submissions and requests for further information can be made to the Regional Panel at HQ 51 (Scottish) Brigade in Stirling on the Scotland Email: covenant-grantscheme-scotland@mod.uk.

Full terms and conditions for the Scheme and application forms can be found on the website www.gov.uk/community-covenant-grant-scheme.

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