Vandals ran amok in school grounds

A HEADTEACHER today spoke of her disappointment after returning to school after the festive break to find vandals had wreaked havoc in the playground and school fields.

A HEADTEACHER today spoke of her disappointment after returning to school after the festive break to find vandals had wreaked havoc in the playground and school fields.

Marilyn Such said damage to benches, windows and sports equipment at Ravenswood Primary School made for an upsetting start to 2006.

She also revealed that the school, in Ravenswood Avenue, has been targeted in the past.

She said: “Before we broke up for Christmas, four windows were damaged by someone throwing stones at them. The contents of the bins were emptied and smeared all over the windows.

“During the holidays, other windows were scratched, a picnic bench was thrown in the school's pond, a gate was smashed, fencing was knocked down and a compost bin was overturned. The bird table was broken too and so was a netball post.

“It's not nice to come back from holiday to this.”

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Some of the clean-up operation has already been carried out by staff, but the more major work will require contractors.

Because of the school's state-of the-art design, the replacement windows will have to be specially made, adding to the cost and time needed to repair the damage.

Another concern is the pond's lining which could have been torn when debris was tossed into it.

Mrs Such said: “We have had spates of vandalism in the past, but nothing anywhere near this scale.

“It's such a shame. The children take such pride in this new building and they are always upset when people come in and do something like this for the sheer sake of it.”

A 12-year-old youth was reprimanded by police over the damage.

Five classroom windows smashed

Locks and hinges damaged on two gates

Two picnic benches thrown into a pond

Fence around pond broken

Concrete birdbath broken

Nursery canopy roof broken

Fruit smeared on classroom and nursery windows

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