Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

March 23, 2017
by Miss Stewart

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

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

Word of the Week!



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”


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March 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart

5 Proven Ways Reading Can Improve Your Mental Health

Clishmaclaver liked this blog, from

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

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

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.”

Art credit: © University of Hawaii, Maui College

March 17, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Developing the Young Workforce

Today Clishmaclaver is delighted to bring you a guest blog post from our rector, Mr Archie Bathgate! 🙂

Jamie Hepburn, MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, was only one of a number of distinguished guests visiting Brechin Community Campus on Monday 13th March. Mr Hepburn had been invited to Brechin by one of our business partners, Forster Roofing, to hand out certificates to apprentices on completion of their training. Mr Hepburn then came to the campus to look round our new Construction Training Centre.

The Training Centre, funded by the Scottish Government, is a joint project between Brechin High School and Forster Roofing, and a response to the Government’s Developing the Young Workforce agenda. Through this partnership Forster Roofing will move all their staff training to our campus, facilitating training for school pupils in industry level qualifications. We hope through this partnership to begin training for Foundation Apprenticeships in Civil Engineering in the Autumn. This is a truly innovative project and the only one of its kind in the whole UK.

Before leaving, Mr Hepburn asked for a tour of our campus and, obviously impressed, said it is the best new build school that he has seen. One up for Brechin!” – Mr Bathgate

#DYW  #youngworkforce

Photo credit: @MargoWilliamson

March 16, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Victim or villain..?

A The Day Briefing: The Laws of War dropped into my mailbox today. The gist of this discursive ‘Hot Topic’ piece is that, “Yesterday a British marine had his murder conviction for killing an injured Taliban fighter reduced to manslaughter. The case has raised several tricky questions. When is killing allowed?”

Important moral and legal questions are mooted for pupils to debate; about war, about the Geneva Convention, and about when you are allowed to kill another person…

Click on the photo for a link to a Guardian article on the court case!

This is an excellent resource for pupils studying RME and/or Citizenship, and, well, basically anyone with a passing interest in the moral dilemmas and ethical issues of our age. 😉

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