IT was a real adventure for the St. Bridget’s Primary School pupils and staff who recently staged a sleepover in their school.

Reading about the work of Social Bite motivated the school Justice and Peace Council to host a Wee Sleep Out for 60 pupils one Friday night.

Social Bite asked them to really focus on the plight of the 8,000 people who sleep on Scotland’s streets. In Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018, the school felt it had never been more appropriate to alert our students to the major issues in our society.

Headteacher Dennis Hopkins said: “They slept as rough as they could, with no obvious home comforts. “It was an absolute blast from beginning to end and the staff, led by Miss Gemmell and Miss McBain, did a wonderful job in ensuring the point of the exercise wasn’t lost in the fun of the sleepover.”

Thanks to the generosity of the school community, £1,688 was raised for the very worthwhile cause, and that also meant that St. Bridget’s was one of the top 10 fundraisers. As a result three of the staff got to attend the thank you dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last Tuesday evening and heard the inspirational Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Mr. Hopkins added that everyone is already looking forward to the next Wee Sleep Out later this year!