SCHOOL pupils across the southside of the city and East Renfrewshire have plenty of good news to share.
The Extra recently reported that Shawlands primary parent council had raised funds for a new play area — and this week, Our Lady of the Missions primary is proving a rival for the title of best playground.
Lunchtime at the East Renfrewshire school is set to be a big adventure, thanks to a new activity trail, climbing wall and pint-sized train engine, boat and bridge – all of which are wheelchair accessible.
More than £16,000 has been spent on the project, with £9,845 donated from the Lottery’s Awards for All scheme and another £4,265 raised by the OLM Parent Staff Association at last year’s summer fete.
Anne Forsyth, chair of the Parent Council, commented: “With only a small area to work with – and a growing number of children – it was a challenging brief.
“After creating the climbing walls and organising parents to go in and play traditional games with the kids, our objective was to install equipment for play both in and out of school time, which the community could use as well”.
Meanwhile, over at St Joseph’s primary, pupils have been putting their creativity to good use in a bid to give back to the community.
The Busby youngsters took part in a national knitting challenge for Alzheimer Scotland recently, joining an attempt to beat the current world record for the largest hand-knitted blanket.
The charity hopes to create a blanket measuring 710 square metres, using 71,000 individual squares representing the number of dementia sufferers in Scotland in 2010.
The young knitters presented their handiwork at sheltered housing complex Hawthorn Court, in Clarkston, alongside resident June Lochoff — who, along with Babs Matthews and Sandra Moore, has been teaching the pupils how to knit during lunch breaks.
The whole project was set up by Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, and development worker Alan Stevenson said: “I am so pleased with the hard work of the pupils from St Joseph’s, and overwhelmed by the welcome our befriender volunteers received”.
Finally, both Battlefield and Busby primary schools marked science week with a range of activities to encourage budding young scientists.
Pupils at Busby designed their own lab coats, and took part in a global challenge competition run by the British Science Association.
At the end of the week, pupils were delighted to show off what they’d learned to friends and family at a science fair.
Primary five teacher Louise Morton told The Extra: “Pupils, staff and parents have absolutely loved Busby’s first science week and all the different activities going on from rocket challenges to balloon kebabs.”.