Bright kids in Holyrood visit

Ken Macintosh enjoys gluten free cakes with David Ferguson, property manager at Greenbank Gardens.
Ken Macintosh enjoys gluten free cakes with David Ferguson, property manager at Greenbank Gardens.

A LOCAL school has made its way to Holyrood for the grand final of a national competition.

St Joseph’s primary in Busby fought off competition from several other East Renfrewshire schools to reach Monday’s final of Euroquiz, which was held in the Scottish parliament’s debate chamber and broadcast live on the internet.

The team of four from St Joseph’s included primary six pupils Rory Crombie, Sarah Holmes, Felix Loffler and Adam Young.

The youngsters were joined by teacher Mrs Thomson at Holyrood in a bid to win the top prize, answering questions on a range of subjects including languages, history, culture and sport.

Stewart Maxwell, MSP for West Scotland, has praised the efforts of the pupils

He told The Extra: “I would like to congratulate Rory, Sarah, Felix and Adam for reaching the final. Each of them did an excellent job representing St Joseph’s and East Renfrewshire in the competition after weeks of preparation and hard work.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to see these bright young minds first hand in the chamber.

“Their knowledge of Europe’s history and culture was very impressive – the pupils should be very proud of their achievements .

“This is the fifth year that the Euroquiz final has been held at the parliament and it is always strongly contested”.

Meanwhile, Eastwood MSP Ken Macintosh has taken the gluten-free challenge by enjoying a special tea at Greenbank Garden as part of Coeliac UK’s awareness week.

The National Trust for Scotland’s tea shops, cafes and restaurants across the country will be supporting the initiative by providing a range of gluten-free options and information about the condition.

The challenge aims to raise awareness of the daily frustrations encountered by the one in 100 people in the UK who have coeliac disease.

The condition is an auto-immune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. There is no cure and no medication and the only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life.

Left untreated it can lead to infertility, osteoporosis and bowel cancer.

Ken Macintosh MSP said: “Although we are becoming increasingly aware of coeliac disease, far too few cafes and restaurants provide gluten-free food, so well done to the National Trust for Scotland for supporting Coeliac UK’s awareness week”.