The Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns plays host to Mearns Primary School’s treasure hunt on Sunday ,February 26 from 11am – 4pm in a special event designed to help promote children’s rights in the local community.
Mearns Global Citizens Committee, led by pupils from Mearns Primary, together with centre management, have arranged for the treasure hunt where several stores in The Avenue will display a poster in their window on the day illustrating a different children’s right. Each poster will be designed by a different year group from Mearns Primary, including the nursery.
The event is part of Mearns Primary School’s application to renew its recognition as a Rights Respecting School by UNICEF, an initiative encouraging schools to place the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
One of the assessment criteria this year is looking at how the school promotes children’s rights in the local community.
Michelle McCabe, Centre Manager at The Avenue, said: “We are delighted to be able to help the school promote children’s rights by inviting shoppers to take part in the hunt to learn more about children’s rights by searching the centre to find the eight missing rights displayed in store windows.
“Participants will be asked to complete an entry form and, at the end, can return to the beginning where each child who participates will get to pick which Avenue mini-mascot they wish to take home. And our real-life mascots Newton and Fearn will be out on the mall that day for Funday Sunday!”
Kathryn Gordon, acting Principal Teacher of Mearns Primary, is also excited about the forthcoming promotional event. She said: “Our school community were very keen to raise awareness of children’s rights in our local community. The pupils have been actively involved in all the planning and preparations for this event.
“The pupils and staff are overwhelmed by the support that they have received from the management of the Avenue Shopping Centre. This joint project is the perfect example of our pupils demonstrating their ability to be responsible citizens!”
Calvin McBride, 9, a pupil from Mearns Primary said: “I’m looking forward to doing the treasure hunt. I want to win a teddy for my wee sister!”