DELIGHTED schoolkids were rewarded with over £500 of electronic goods and vouchers for their attendance and achievements.
Three year nine pupils from Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, Hartlepool, were picked out of a hat to receive the expensive goods from company Capita, on Northgate, at Hartlepool’s Headland.
One received an Apple iPad mini, another an iPod and another an iPod Shuffle.
Ten other ecstatic children received vouchers from the company to spend in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.
Assistant head teacher Rob Byrne said the presents for the generous company were well-deserved.
One of the criteria for being entered into the draw was having 100 per cent attendance, as well as making progress and hitting personal targets with different subjects.
He told the Mail: “The pupils that had the best attendance and who had also made strides with achievement, improved their levels and had made the most progress over the course of the year had their names put into a hat.
“Those whose names were drawn out of the hat won the prizes.
“Capita on Northgate donated the prizes to the school to reward the kids.
“They gave out an iPad Mini worth over £300 alone, along with an iPod Nano, and an iPod Shuffle.
“There was also a number of vouchers for the shopping centre.”
He added: “They were all chuffed to bits to receive the presents.
“It’s been a tough year for them with exams and coursework so this was a lovely way to reward them for all of their hard work really.
He added: “It’s nice to reward the kids because schools don’t have the money and budgets to give students anything like this.
“Donations from companies is really, really good.”
“We’re very grateful to Capita for donating the prizes.
“The kids were just over the moon to get the gifts.”