Portmoak Pupils Delight the Dragons


Eight members of Portmoak Pupil Council faced the dragons on Tuesday night to make a bid for books for their school library.

Leon Spenke, Sophie Palin, Rebecca Stevenson, Emma Mitchell, Johnathan Venters, Duncan Ballantyne, Nikki Dahl and Lucy Hudson went along to the Kinross-shire Round Table Dragon’s Den event in the Green Hotel, Kinross, to pitch their cause to the panel of dragons in an event similar to the popular BBC programme. The children explained how the library needs a lot of work and that £1000 from the dragons would help transform the sad and tired books into an exciting new stock of books for the new library. The Pupil Council have surveyed all pupils, from P1-7, about their favourite books and authors and they shared some of their recommendations with the dragons.

Kirstin Lowe, representing Friends of Portmoak, the school’s Parent Council, applied for the event on the children’s behalf and explained that everyone at Portmoak Primary have been fundraising hard for the new library and the small 5 class school, with only 111 children, have raised a fantastic amount of money, over £6,000, since August 2011.

There were 8 organisations in total chosen to attend the event, each bidding for their share of the Round Table’s community fund. It was a nail biting wait to the end of the night to see who was going to walk away with a share of the cash. Louise Gordon, Headteacher, said, “I am so proud of our pupil councillors. They wrote their own sections of the presentation which they then delivered confidently and articulately. The Dragon’s Den event was a wonderful opportunity for them and everyone at Portmoak is delighted with their success. We would all like to say a very big thank you to the Kinross-shire Round Table for their generous donation to our library. The children can’t wait to start ordering their new books!”