Donations 'lift spirits' after vandalism at Chandag Infant School

December 23 2018

Staff at a Keynsham school targeted by vandals say their spirits have been lifted by the kindness shown by the community, which rallied round to replace the broken toys.

Play equipment used by reception pupils at Chandag Infant School was destroyed in the incident on Saturday, December 1, at around 7pm.

School staff arrived the following Monday morning to find toys had been strewn around the reception play area while a tin of paint, which was being used by parents to paint wooden structures in the playground and had been stored in a shed, had been thrown over the paved area and footpath.

Police say a 13-year-old boy has been voluntarily interviewed following the incident and inquiries are continuing.

After discovering the damage, members of the school’s parent teacher association (PTA) took to Facebook to post photos of some of the toys lost in the incident and to ask if anyone had similar items they no longer used that they could donate.  

Within a few hours offers of toys and financial donations had poured in, enabling the school to replace much of what was lost.

Head teacher Annie Smart said: “The support from the community has been amazing and has really lifted our spirits, particularly for the staff who worked so hard to develop the area to create a nice environment for the children.

“We told the children about the damage on the Monday and they were disappointed they couldn’t go outside as the paint was being cleared up and sad that their toys had been broken. But with the donations coming in, it led into a whole day on the Tuesday where we were able to focus on kindness with pupils.”

A police spokesperson said: “Police investigating criminal damage at Chandag School, Keynsham, have interviewed a teenager in connection with the incident.

“It happened at about 7pm on Saturday, December 1, when sheds on the site were accessed and damage caused with paint and woodstain.

“A 13-year-old boy was voluntarily interviewed on Sunday, December 2. Inquiries continue and anyone with information is asked to contact Neighbourhood PC 3803 James Evans.”

Anyone with information can call 101 or contact PC Evans via quoting reference 5218267590.