On the school run

SFGS Ardentinny
SFGS Ardentinny

A PAIR of southside schools have earned top marks in arithmetic — by counting the money they raised for charity.

Our Lady Of The Annunciation primary in Merrylee donated hundreds of pounds worth of food to the charity Loaves And Fishes for needy families in the Glasgow area.

Belmont

Belmont

This follows last month’s donation of more than 70 shoeboxes filled by school pupils with useful gifts and treats for children in Romania, organised by Blythswood Care.

Headteacher Ann Watson said: “Staff and parents are rightly proud of the efforts of our young people to help those less fortunate than themselves.

“They have shown themselves to be responsible citizens by effectively contributing to charities.’

Meanwhile a group of charities have received a new year boost thanks to a the Belmont House school choir.

The school’s music group took to the streets during the festive season, carol singing for shoppers in attempt to raise money for a group of charities.

Quarriers, Radio Clyde’s Cash For Kids initiative, Breast Cancer Care, Prince and Princess of Wales hospice and Townend care home have all benefited from the dulcet tones of the pupils, as will a Tanzanian school for homeless children, which is set to receive educational items from the pupils this month.

The group raised several hundred pounds during performances in John Lewis, St Enoch’s centre, Princes Square and the Avenue.

They also travelled to Townend care home in Symington to raise the spirits of some senior citizens.

Meanwhile primary six pupils from Calderwood Lodge closed out the year in style with an exciting five day trip to Ardentinny outward bound centre

Amongst the favourite activities of the pupils were rock hopping and gorge walking, and the youngsters also took part in abseiling and hill walking.

Calderwood Lodge’s cook, Pauline Simpson, prepared food for the group, so that they were able to keep Kosher whilst away.

Headteacher Vanessa Thomson said: “I’m delighted that the school excursion was such an all round success.

“The P6s are still beaming from their time away. The children have benefited by experiencing challenge, excitement and responsibility whilst learning more about themselves and others.

“This year we successfully shared Ardentinny with another school, Springhill. The P6 pupils have already asked me to arrange next years residential trip with another school as it was so good. Plans are already being made”.