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March 23, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Happy Belated World Poetry Day!

Clishmaclaver would like to post a belated celebration of World Poetry Day, which she missed two days ago – thanks to RL! 🙁

This year, by happy coincidence, World Poetry Day coincided with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and this ‘double whammy’ was just too important an event to miss blogging about. 😉 For, As Rights Info rightly notes, “Few tools in the fight for racial equality have been as powerful as poetry.”

So, click on the photo to read an absorbing article and (re)acquaint yourself with Maya Angelou’s ‘Equality’; a poem which captures the important messages of both days!

March 23, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Minister impressed by Brechin campus

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Yay! Our recent blog got picked up by the press! 🙂

Related articles: Employability Minister Visits Brechin and Robertson Group Get Gold Awards for Angus Projects

March 23, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Life is the bubbles!

Brechin Cluster Schools’ production of the Little Mermaid Jr opens next week! These are the dates for your diary – March 28th, 29th, and 30th. 😀

Over 140 pupils will be performing nightly from all across the cluster – Brechin High School and its feeder primaries of Maisondieu, Andover, Edzell, and Stracathro. An additional 20 pupils will be toiling away behind the scenes; dealing with lighting, sound, costumes, and props.

Don’t delay, book your tickets today!

VENUE: Brechin Community Campus Theatre

DATES: Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th

Start times: 7.30pm to 8.45pm (approx)

Tickets are only £5 and can be purchased from Brechin High School Office.

Hope you can make it; we’d love to see you! 😉

March 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Word of the Week!

Zeitgeist

ˈzʌɪtɡʌɪst/

noun: zeitgeist – the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.

[Mid 19th century: from German Zeitgeist, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geist ‘spirit’]

Click here for a clue as to how to pronounce this word! 😉

Example: “The story captured the zeitgeist of the late 1960s”

 

Art credit: Evening Report ©2016 – Multimedia Investments Ltd.

March 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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5 Proven Ways Reading Can Improve Your Mental Health

Clishmaclaver liked this blog, from bustle.com.

Whilst skewed towards contemporary America life, the advice travels well across the pond 😀 – “Reading is certainly not a cure-all for people’s mental health concerns but it can improve overall mental health and provide a safe outlet where so many dangerous ones exist. Below are just five proven ways that reading can help improve mental health, though there are many more.”

March 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Scottish Natural Heritage e-newsletter

The latest roundup of e-news from Scottish Natural Heritage is here! Among articles on subjects as diverse as Scottish wildcats and freshwater pearl mussels, Clishmaclaver liked this one on Corn Buntings – a fowltastic success story! 😉 At a time when we are concerned about loss of species and the effect this has on

our biodiversity, there is good news! Thanks to good work by farmers who we’ve been working with for many years, numbers of one of Scotland’s most high-risk birds have stabilised in its stronghold of Moray and Aberdeenshire. Once widespread, corn buntings are now found in only three other main areas of Scotland – Fife, Angus and the Western Isles.

March 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Screenagers are struggling to read people’s feelings in real life…

Image result for empathyThe Empathy Gap – The Sunday Times Magazine

A colleague gave me a hard copy of this article this morning, and I’m posting a hyperlink because it’s really very interesting! Parents, pupils, teachers; anyone with an interest in young people’s emotional literacy, their ability to empathise, and their relationship with social media should have a read. 🙂

So should we be worried? Make up your own mind about ‘Generation Me’s’ huge “empathy deficit”: They are scientifically proven to be the most “self-centred, competitive, confident and individualistic generation in recent history”, says Konrath, who concludes that teen empathy levels are shrinking faster than an Antarctic iceberg. – @SundayTimesLorraine (Access to article is free if you register!)

Art credit: © 2016 Move This World

March 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Fake news, you say?

How do I know this isn’t fake news? 😉

This weekend, one of the world’s leading educators said schools should focus on tackling the problem of fake news.

“Distinguishing what is true from what is not is a critical skill today,” said Andreas Schleicher, the director of education at the OECD. Teaching, he added, should give children the analytical skills they need to discriminate between fact and fiction. – The Day

Read the full article here; includes hyperlinked further reading and videos:

“…Public trust in traditional media outlets has been in long-term decline. But could new teaching techniques be part of a fightback?..Last week Charlie Beckett, a journalism professor at LSE, said fake news had led to a boom in fact-checking and myth-busting, and a renewed interest in developing news literacy.”

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