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BUDDING newshounds at Thornliebank primary made the news this week in more ways than one.

Some 20 pupils joined 30,000 other schoolchildren turning their classrooms into newsrooms as part of the BBC news school report.



The primary seven students worked hard training to be top journalists, carrying out interviews and producing reports.

Teacher Scott McPhilemy said: “The pupils visited BBC Scotland studios and a Glasgow Warriors press conference to get a real feel for what it is like to be a reporter.

“The students broadcast the days news as well as a report on our HMIE success and the netball team’s win”.

Pupil Lucy Ann added: “It’s been great fun. My favourite bit has been meeting Jackie Bird and appearing live on John Beattie’s radio show”.

Meanwhile, children at Braidbar primary are on a mission to help reduce landfill waste.

They have been collecting empty Danone Activia, Shape and Actimel yogurt containers.

The students earn two pence for every one they collect and return to TerraCycle – a company that turns them into eco-friendly products such as lunch bags.

Headteacher Sheena Phee said: “We joined the Danone yogurt brigade in October and have collected 476 pots and bottles to date.

“The money earned will be used towards developing an eco-garden”.

Pupils at Mearns Castle high presented money raised this year to their selected charities.

Cancer Research received £1,500, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital was presented with £750 and Help For Heroes was given £1,875.

Meanwhile, Barrhead high students beat Eastwood, St Ninian’s, Williamwood and Woodfarm schools in the East Renfrewshire provost’s cup as part of the rotary youth speaks senior competition.

The winning team’s topic was The Art of Oratory.

Chairwoman Emily Gorman, speaker Megan Crampsey and proposer of the vote of thanks Marianne Gallanagh went on to compete and win in the regional round against schools in the west of Scotland and the north of England.

Lastly, talented Craigholme pupil Heather Howie is heading stateside after her hockey skills earned her a sought-after university scholarship at the Michigan State university.

The sixth-year student will study business and hospitality for four years after being spotted by FirstPoint USA.

The 17-year-old said: “I’ll be training every day and playing tournaments at weekends on top of my studies.

“It will be busy but I’m looking forward to experiencing the different culture in Michigan”.