Pupils step up a grade

Megan Gibson (9) with McConechy's managing director Donald Carmichael.
Megan Gibson (9) with McConechy's managing director Donald Carmichael.

FAR from winding down for Christmas, pupils across the southside have been working hard for their schools and nurseries — and some have already been rewarded for their efforts.

Giffnock primary pupil Megan Gibson can cross a brand new Kindle off her Christmas list after scoring first place in an art competition last week.

Deanpark nursery coffee morning

Deanpark nursery coffee morning

The nine-year-old was announced as the winner of the Re-inventing the Wheel contest run by Bridgestone tyre manufacturers and Thornliebank tyre dealer McConechy’s.

The remit challenged pupils from four schools to put their pens to good use to illustrate how used family tyres could be recycled when they are no longer safe to use on the road.

Megan’s idea for a running track made out of recycled tyres won her a Kindle and e-book gift card, as well as used truck tyres for growing flowers and vegetables and £100 to create a raised bed for the southside school.

Meanwhile, it’s a case of community involvement gaining Bellahouston Academy pupils high praise, as last week a class put their texting skills to good use.

Bellahouston Academy

Bellahouston Academy

The school’s community involvement group visited senior citizens at Nan McKay hall in Pollokshields last week to pass on their tips for using mobile phones.

By the end of the session, the more senior pupils had learned how to unlock their phones, dial numbers and send text messages – all thanks to their younger tutors.

George Thomson, PT communications and partnership working at the southside school, commented: “The idea came from the senior citizens themselves and it was a bit of a novelty for the young people to teach the older people for a change.

“One pupil said she had enjoyed the afternoon and meeting the people there. It had been a great experience knowing she was helping others and she found it really useful”.

And over at Deanpark nursery it’s the mums and dads who have been pitching in, this time for a charitable cause close to home.

The parents committee at the Shawlands nursery held a coffee day in aid of Macmillan cancer care after a member of staff sang the charity’s praises for the support she received during breast cancer treatment.

Volunteers sold home baking, tea and coffee for the enjoyment of staff and children, and raised £200 for the cancer cause in the process.

Headteacher Sharon Downey told The Extra: “Every penny raised was sent to Macmillan, and we have future fundraising events planned to continue our support for Macmillan, who supported our own colleague when she needed it”.