Our Lady's Catholic Primary School in Dalton have made a big effort to keep learning interesting for their pupils down the years and The Mail has often been on hand to cover their activities.

In 1992, The Mail ran a special supplement during Newspapers in Education Week called 'Child's Play,' which was written and designed by schoolchildren aged 5-11.

A competition for the best designed advertisement was held, with a prize of £250 donated by Lakeland Power going to the winning school.

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Ten-year-old Matthew Quary earned that prize for Our Lady's for his advert for Miller Civil Engineering Ltd and was presented with the cheque by Eric Ratcliffe, executive director of Lakeland Power.

In 1994, pupils got up close and personal with all manner of creepy-crawlies when bugman Roger Swailes travelled up from Wigan to bring his collection of invertebrates to the school.

The Mail:

The children had the chance to hold a live (friendly) tarantula, a giant African land snail and a black Thai scorpions, amongst other things.

Headteacher John Greenwood said: "Some were a little bit squeamish but they soon overcame their fear. They were surprised how warm and soft the animals were."

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Later that year, the school received a new table tennis table, which was paid for by money that had been donated by neighbourhood services.

The new table was part of a new after school sports club, which offered children the chance to play chess and snooker, as well as table tennis, after home time.