Safe summer holiday wishes

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SAFETY messages were key as St Ninian’s high school broke for summer holidays.

Pupils at the Giffnock school were visited by Strathclyde fire and rescue officers from Clarkston station to demonstrate the importance of driving safely throughout the school break.

Firefighters put on a demo for the youngsters, showing them the results of a car crash with a mock-up of two vehicles smashed and passengers trapped inside.

East Renfrewshire area commander Paul Tanzilli commented: “Our road safety programme has the aim of raising awareness among new and potential drivers and passengers of the reality of a road traffic collision.

“It’s our intention to develop young people’s understanding of speed and other forms of irresponsible driving”.

Councillor Mary Montague, East Renfrewshire council’s community safety convener, added: “By demonstrating the work involved in freeing someone from the wreckage of a car crash I hope our young people have a clearer idea of how devastating it can be for young drivers.

“I hope it also raised awareness of the work of our colleagues in Strathclyde fire and rescue who have to deal with the aftermath of incidents like these”.

Pupils at Calderwood Lodge, meanwhile, are still in training for jobs in journalism, and the primary’s news team have been in touch with some end of year stories.

Primary fives visited Mearns Castle high for the Indian Games, as part of a connecting classrooms project.

The youngsters teamed up with pupils from Eaglesham, Kirkhill and Mearns primaries to try out acitivities taught in their partner schools in Delhi, including cricket, yoga, Bollywood dancing and Kabbadi.

And from Indian adventures to French fancies, the primary fives were also responsible for a recent French Cafe event.

Pupils entertained parents with singing, drama and recitations – all in French, of course – as well as waiting on tables, serving crepes and refreshments.

According to East Renfrewshire’s budding young reporters, a good time was had by all – and what better way to start the summer holidays than that.