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21 May, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Hawley headteacher Anne Fontaine, Abdul Hai from LabTech and the company’s chief executive Yaron Shahar

A PRIMARY school in Camden Town is celebrating after being given £3,500 to fund brass band lessons at a time when “focus has been taken off the arts”, says its headteacher.

LabTech, an investment company based in Camden Lock Market, donated the money to Hawley Primary after being contacted by a governor asking for help.

Headteacher Anne Fontaine said: “Pupils began their lessons in year 5 last year and we thought it would be such a shame for it to end. We only had enough funding for the year and couldn’t work out how to fund this year. For many schools the focus has been taken off the arts. Schools have to create a passion in children for something, whether that is reading or art. If we don’t offer it, they won’t find that passion.”

Hawley Primary’s new building officially opened in 2017 as part of the Hawley Wharf redevelopment funded by LabTech.

LabTech chief executive Yaron Shahar said: “Since building Hawley Primary School in 2017 we have committed to funding initiatives that improve pupils’ personal and social development. We are delighted to support year 6 music classes with this latest grant.”

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