PUPILS and staff at Hillpark secondary are celebrating after a successful fundraising effort for cancer charities.
The school raised £1,000 from an event called Cultural Connections, organised by three six year pupils and featuring songs and dances representing the diverse cultures present in Hillpark.
Members of the school community gathered at the event in memory of a former Hillpark teacher, Margaret Watson, who passed away last year.
Teacher Magaret Esson told The Extra: “Mrs Watson, a teacher whom both staff and pupils have dearly missed, sadly lost her life to cancer.
“It was especially touching to have Mrs Watson’s cousin attend the event to see the impact she had on the pupils she taught”.
Headteacher Joan Donnelly added: “I’m very proud of our pupils — that they’ve done so much this year to raise money for Cancer Research and to raise awareness of the work of this charity”.
Children at Busby primary have also been taking to the stage, last night performing a twist on a classic at Eastwood park theatre.
The Wizard of Clarkston was a collaboration between the school’s head teacher, parents, staff and pupils — and for the audience, it was a resounding success (if ever a success there was).
Each class wrote a section of the play based on a chosen favourite novel, allowing teachers to focus their language lessons on specific stories – the primary fours, for example, struck it lucky with Harry Potter — and each section was then linked into The Wizard of Oz.
Head teacher Sharon Hunter commented: “I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to this project.
“Everyone, from the primary two children who created our seating plans, to the primary sevens who designed the programme, has worked to make this show a massive success.
“As well as taking starring roles and learning to sing and dance, the children have learned about the skills they need to put on and market a production – all useful in later life”.
Parents also pitched in on the night, helping with make-up, music and direction, and mum Jen McNair, a former Busby primary pupil, added: “It’s been such a pleasure to work with the children — as always they’ve worked extremely hard and we’ve had lots of fun along the way”.