Pupils’ letters receive praise from Duchess

A group of Richard Coates Middle School pupils and Guy Opperman MP with a buddy chain and t-shirt design.
A group of Richard Coates Middle School pupils and Guy Opperman MP with a buddy chain and t-shirt design.

Efforts by Ponteland school pupils to help the lives of children in poor countries have been recognised by royalty.

Letters by Year 6 pupils at Richard Coates Middle School have been sent to various high profile people as part of the UK-wide Send My Friend to School initiative.

And those who have sent replies thanking them for their work, which has also involved practical activities to raise awareness of the importance of all children across the world having access to education, include the Duchess of Cambridge.

MP for Hexham Guy Opperman recently paid a visit to the school and as well as showing their letters and buddy chains, the pupils designed a special Send My Friend to School t-shirt with him.

Year 6 teacher Susan Pearson said: “The initiative is something I was involved with at my last school and I thought it would link well with the Christian values at Richard Coates, such as respect, empathy and equality.

“Guy was complimentary about our pupils’ work and we appreciate him coming along for an afternoon. The t-shirt had inspirational messages for politicians in Parliament.

“The pupils have invested so much time and effort into Send My Friend to School and it has really brought out their creative side.

“In their letters, they put the person reading them in the shoes of those children across the world who are not currently getting access to education because of disabilities or living miles away from a school, among other reasons.”