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Back to school for D&G pupils

Thousands of pupils from Dumfries and Galloway have been returning to school following their long summer break.

Apprehension and excitement are typical emotions on the first day back, especially for those starting a new school.

Below are a selection of pictures from our ITV Border viewers:

Kyla Shortt on her first day as a P1 at Troqueer Primary. Big smiles for mummy Julie and daddy Phil. Credit: ITV News Border
Aidan McGeoch, starting P3 and Niamh Mcgeoch starting P1 at St Andrew's Primary School in Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border
Maya Johnston aged 11 starting S1 at Kirkcudbright Academy today Credit: ITV News Border
Lexi McClone on her first day in P1 at Laurieknowe Primary, proud moment for Mum and Dad, Credit: ITV News Border
Hayden Bogie, aged 6 and starting P2 at Calside Primary School. Mummy and daddy hope he's had a fantastic day at school. Credit: ITV News Border
Lloyd Ross starting P2 at Shawhead and Mckenzie Ross starting Castle Douglas High School Credit: ITV News Border
A cheeky Michael Murphy starting P2 at Laurieknowe Primary School. Mummy Rach is looking forward to some peace and quiet Credit: ITV News Border
Lewis McIntyre, going in to first year at Dumfries High School Credit: ITV News Border
Harry Robison, on his very first day at school Credit: ITV News Border

Walk "raises awareness" of less fortunate children

"The project is designed to raise awareness of how unfortunate kids are in other parts of the world, in areas where they don't have fresh water.

"When you see their faces when they see images of youngsters in Africa drinking from dirty wells, it proves how lucky they are here."

– Doug Forsyth, President, Selkirk Rotary Club


Border children 'walking for water'

School children in the Borders are walking six kilometres whilst carrying water, to raise money for charity.

Pupils from Philiphaugh Community School and Lilliesleaf Primary are taking part in the national Rotakids event.

Ten Border Rotary Clubs are hoping to raise £21,000 through sponsorship and grants.

The money will be sent to the Katete Community in Zambia, where children carry four litres of water for six kilometres every day.

The money will be spent on building bore holes and installing a pump to give communities access to clean drinking water.

Gala rugby players who lunch!

Players from Gala RFC will join pupils from Galashiels Academy for lunch at the school.

The lunch will mark Scottish School Meals week, which promotes healthy eating.

Pupils and rugby players will tuck into meals created by this year's Scottish School Cook of the Year competition winners.

Timetable announced for new schools in Kelso and Dumfries

The Scottish Government has announced that new schools will be built in Kelso and Dumfries with construction beginning within the next year and a half.

The schools are part of the Government's £1.25 billion programme to build 30 new schools across Scotland. The Kelso and Dumfries projects will be one of the first of the latest phase to be built.


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