To celebrate Book Week Scotland, team members from the Early Years Service and CAST have been out and about in Argyll & Bute hosting pirate themed Bookbug events for 730 children, aged 0 to 6 years, in Oban, Mid Argyll and Islay. The team performed action songs and rhymes in both English and Gaelic alongside the children who had been given CDs and booklets to practice in advance. They were joined in each location by local storyteller Alasdair Satchell who told the highly entertaining tale of Seumas and the pirate, Captain Gilly White.
October is Breast Cancer awareness month and one of the suggestions to raise money is to hold a Pink Friday. The staff in Argyll House rose to the challenge, and paid a pound to wear something pink. The staff baked and contributed prizes to help support the day. As well as a bake sale, there was a raffle and lots of other prizes to be won, including a large food hamper. The amount raised was over £500. A fun day had by all while an incredible amount was raised for this worthy cause.
Managers and Head teachers from Early Learning and Childcare settings across Argyll & Bute welcomed a recent conference on ‘Building the Ambition’*. The document’s writer, Liz Paterson, an adviser with the Scottish Government, delivered presentations and workshops on this new National Practice Guidance. The conference was held in the Three Villages Hall, Arrochar. Parents with their children joined the conference for a short period as Bookbug made an appearance, all attendees and visitors joined in with the singing.
A team from Argyll and Bute Council were invited to deliver workshops at the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) staff conference on the 2 November in Pimlico, London.
Anne Paterson – Quality Improvement Manager, Stephen Glen-Lee – Head Teacher at Easdale and Luing Primary School and Kathleen Johnston – Head Teacher at Keills and Small Isles Primary School were part of a group of eight who travelled to the conference from Scotland. Other members of the group included Anne Marie Burns from Glasgow Libraries, Alice Sharp – Managing Director of Experiential Play and two members of her team, along with Paul Brannigan, lead actor from the hit Scottish Film ‘Angels’ Share’.
On Tuesday 12th June, the Oban Bookbug team took over Atlantis Leisure and invited all the local participants to a Bookbug ‘Get Fit’ Olympics Celebration. The session was crammed with active songs and dances featuring the specially penned Olympic Torch song. Everyone took part and there were 65 adults and children in attendance.