PUPILS and staff of Grays Convent School were excited to welcome Mike Callaghan, a trustee of Ford Britain, and local MP Jackie Doyle-Price, along with other Ford employees, as part of the handover of a brand new 15 seater Ford Minibus worth £35,000.
The minibus was won by four Convent pupils, Maria Rooke, Connie Rahman, Shunuma Limbu and Seun Olumu, who entered a national competition run by Ford, to design an eco friendly, futuristic vehicle for personal transport.
Out of 200 entries from various schools across the country, the team from Grays Convent were announced as lucky winners and were delighted to hear the news. They said “We tried to be optimistic when we entered but we definitely didn’t expect to win.”
Deputy Headteacher Dawn Collis said “It was so exciting to welcome the team from Ford’s and to celebrate the handover of our shiny new minibus. I know it will be put to good use. I’d like to thank Ford, our pupils for their creativity and Mrs Pugh, their Design & Technology teacher, for encouraging the girls to enter the competition. We all feel incredibly lucky.”