Artists remember fellow pupil

Williamwood high school
Williamwood high school

BUDDING artists at Williamwood high already have their Christmas greetings list sorted — after all, they designed the cards.

Chloe Munro and Honor MacPhie (both 12) were recently chosen as the illustrators for a festive charity card in honour of a fellow pupil who passed away last year.

St Joseph's primary

St Joseph's primary

Lauren Currie was 15 when she lost her life, just 48 hours of being diagnosed with vasculitis, a rare disorder which destroys blood vessels.

The designs by first years Chloe and Honor will now be sold by the Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation, set up by the girl’s parents to help sufferers of the same disease.

Chloe commented: “Honor and I usually design our Christmas cards to send out to our own families so we thought it would be nice to design a card each for such a worthwhile cause”.

Grant Currie, Lauren’s dad, added: “We had hundreds of great entries and it was hard to choose the winners but Chloe and Honor’s designs really stood out and capture the spirit of Christmas”.

Hillpark secondary

Hillpark secondary

The winning Christmas card can be purchased online at

Over at St Joseph’s primary, pupils have also been working hard in the lead-up to Christmas, and learning the value of a pound.

The school has opened a bank as part of its financial education curriculum, with many children in primaries five to seven signing up for their own account.

The initiative is organised by the Royal Bank of Scotland and aims to teach youngsters the importance of money management.

And some primary six pupils have also gained work experience from it, passing job interviews and receiving training on how to run their own bank efficiently.

The bank is open once a week and children can bring in money that they wish to save, with the rather fresh-faced staff counting, filling in paperwork and handling customer service throughout.

Finally, Hillpark secondary pupils have returned from a fact-finding exchange trip to the American deep south — and already one is looking to return.

The 16 pupils flew to Lexington, Kentucky, for 10 days where they lived with American families and took in the sights.

The group visited Louisville (birthplace of Mohammed Ali), Keeneland race track and other attractions – and one pupils attended an American school for the day, leaving with a better idea of the heavy security presence at high school gates.

Teacher Margaret Esson told The Extra: “Throughout the trip the pupils of Hillpark developed their personal and social skills and all pupils returned from the trip as more confident individuals.

“The trip was an all round success and even confirmed one pupil’s decision to take up a football scholarship in the USA when he is finished his education in Scotland”.