Vandals wreck Bonnyrigg pupils’ gardening

The gardening group at Hawthornden Primary School, Polton Avenue Road, Bonnyrigg. Their plant pots were destroyed last week by vandals.
The gardening group at Hawthornden Primary School, Polton Avenue Road, Bonnyrigg. Their plant pots were destroyed last week by vandals.

Vandals broke into a Bonnyrigg school last week and destroyed the gardening work of pupils by smashing up plants and plant pots.

The vandalism took place at Hawthornden Primary School overnight September 22/23, with children and staff shocked by what they encountered when they arrived on the Wednesday morning.

Headteacher Gwen Maitland was devastated that all the hard work of her pupils had been ruined.

She said: “It’s not the monetary value of the damage.

“It’s the fact that when I came into the school the first thing I thought was ‘what about all the hard work of the pupils and staff’.

“There was damage to plants and plant pots.

“And they had pulled out some trees that had not long been planted.

“It would appear that a group of people have jumped the fence and just smashed things up without reason.

“One wee girl had left her skooter and they threw it on to the roof.

“It’s just all the work that the kids have done, now all for nothing.”

Mrs Maitland posted the news on social media.

She said: “We just hoped people locally might have saw what happened.

“To be honest, we don’t get much vandalism in the school.

“But I just thought to tweet it in case maybe somebody saw something.

“I think whoever has done this has done it through sheer badness. There is no rhyme or reason to it whatsoever.

“It was the only damage done. It could have been worse, but it’s just that, thankfully. I didn’t inform the police. It’s not the monetary value as it didn’t cost us a lot of money. It’s the principle.”

The school’s gardening group of around 30/40 pupils from p1-7 meet every fortnight, supported by four members of staff.

Mrs Maitland revealed that the school will replace the damaged items.

She said: “It’s a big thing for the kids at the school. They are disappointed now.

“We are really trying to enhance their learning and give them life skills.

“So this is disappointing.

“We have had to put the plant pots in the bucket.

“We will give the group some extra money to get new ones. It gives them responsibility, ownership. It’s their playground.

“So when things like this happen it’s disheartening.”