Farewell to Shawbridge

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STRAWBERRIES and cream were the order of the day at Shawbridge nursery school’s garden party.

The event celebrated 34 years of education the nursery has provided for the Pollokshaws community.

Headteacher Brenda McGinlay with staff, pupils and parents.

Headteacher Brenda McGinlay with staff, pupils and parents.

It will amalgamate with Pollokshaws day nursery in a brand-new pre-five facility at Tinto primary and will be called Shaw Mhor early years centre — which means ‘big Shaws’ in Gaelic.

Headteacher Brenda McGinlay told The Extra: “We had a great day with a highland cattle visit, bouncy castles, a fairground ride and musical performances from Hillpark secondary students.

“It will be sad to see the nursery close but the staff and children are looking forward to transferring.

“The many foreign families whose children attended here have always commented positively on how welcome the nursery has made them feel.

Fishing for ducks.

Fishing for ducks.

“The new facility will be one of the biggest centres for pre-five in the city”.

Meanwhile Braidbar primary youngsters have worked hard to renew their Green Flag status — for the fourth time.

Each class was given a topic to work on throughout the year and worked across the curriculum to achieve this — with the eco council leading the way.

Mearns primary pupils took a stroll down The Avenue for walk to school week.

Shawbridge nursery pupils get their faces painted.

Shawbridge nursery pupils get their faces painted.

A dozen pupils from the school met up with Newton, the new life-sized mall-mascot, as part of the campaign. Its aim is to encourage all parents and children to make walking to school part of their daily routine.

Elsewhere, a team of budding young entrepreneurs fought off competition from local schools to win a Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Award for running a successful company.

Sow Good — made up of pupils from Mearns Castle high — beat other Renfrewshire schools to scoop five out of seven awards at the regional final.

Awards won included best use of marketing, best presentation, best business report, best trade stand and best overall company.

Listening to the music.

Listening to the music.

Sow Good will now go on to compete at the Scottish finals in June.

Stefan Wyroslawski, YES Link teacher at Mearns Castle, said: “It has been a tremendous opportunity not only for them to develop their business skills and work together but also to think about how businesses operate and build up their own skills and confidence as they prepare to finish their high school education”.

Going down the slide.

Going down the slide.

Mearns primary youngster with Newton walking to school.

Mearns primary youngster with Newton walking to school.