School of diplomacy


CHILDREN at Merrylee primary school and Lime Tree day nursery welcomed a special guest last week, in celebration of an education link between Glasgow and Namibia.

The high commissioner of the south-west African country visited the neighbouring southside facilities as part of a short visit aimed at forging links with Scottish schools, in order to further develop his country’s education system.



George Liswaniso was accompanied by first secretary, Berenice Dentlinger, and professor Alan Barnard FBA, honorary consul of the republic of Namibia.

The group were given a tour of the school and nursery by head teachers Elizabeth Mahindru and Aileen Ramsay, and pupils from primary five entertained the visitors with traditional Scottish songs.

The high commissioner then chatted with the children.

rimary five pupils Elliot Sloan and David Clawson were also selected to attend a civic reception in honour of the visit, which took place at Glasgow city chambers the following day.

Pupils from Mearns Primary put their best foot forward for their first Walk On Wednesdays

Pupils from Mearns Primary put their best foot forward for their first Walk On Wednesdays

Meanwhile, in East Renfrewshire, pupils at Mearns primary have been hard at work introducing a new healthy living initiative.

Walk On Wednesdays was launched last week, and will see around 45 pupils aged between five and 11 walk to school in a group each week, chaperoned by volunteer parents and grandparents.

The scheme is supported by housebuilding company Stewart Milne Homes, which has donated high visibility jackets.

Principal teacher Jo McGregor commented: “Pupils at Mearns primary are very involved in green practices. Now, thanks to the involvement of parents and grandparents, they are now able to set an example within the community in reducing car use, while promoting – and enjoying – regular outdoor exercise”.

And over at Darnley primary school, kind-hearted youngsters have been zipping it for charity.

Pupils, parents and staff at the East Ren school have raised £459 for Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, after staging a sponsored silence in support of people who are deaf or suffer hearing problems.

Children in primaries one and four also recently received deaf awareness talks, during which the charity staff taught them to use the finger spelling alphabet, and asked them to draw their favourite sounds.

Adam Kelly, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s fundraising executive, said: “I would like to thank the staff at Darnley primary school for their help in organising this event, and the children and parents for participating and raising such a fantastic amount for us”.