Dundee Heritage Trust

posted by Louise Kirby, YMI Coordinator, Schools & Learning

Planning a school trip this term? …

The Learning Team at Dundee Heritage Trust is passionate about developing and delivering innovative learning experiences at RRS Discovery and Verdant Works.

We offer an exciting range of cross-curricular learning activities for primary, nursery and secondary schools.

What we offer :

Activity Sessions and hands-on workshops
Personalised tours
Self-guided visits
Loan Boxes
Free teachers familiarisation visit
Travel subsidies


Your visit can include a guided tour and workshop.  Have a look at our learning pages for more information: Click either Verdant Works or RRS Discovery – to find our classroom activities, pre-visit ideas, workshop information and risk assessments for both sites!

Bus subsidy – £150 per school!

For 2017 we are delighted to offer up to £150 towards the cost of your bus when visiting Verdant Works!

Click here to see our learning video  and the magnificent 1801 Boulton & Watt steam engine!

The role of food in addressing wellbeing, learning and attainment (conference)

posted by Alita Spink, Schools and Learning Support Officer, Schools and Learning

The role of food in addressing wellbeing, learning and the attainment gap

Thursday 1 June, Glasgow

Food, including food poverty and food security, is a major social issue. Join us at this one day conference to discuss the role of food in our society, and its links with wellbeing, learning and attainment within the context of GIRFEC.

One year on from our 2016 conference focusing on food policy, delegates can expect to hear updates on food laws and policy initiatives, and find out about creative approaches, up-to-date research and current projects aimed at tackling food insecurity and improving the nutrition and wellbeing of children and young people. 

Conference topics include:
–     The link between food and attainment in children
–     Recipe for Success? An update on policy
–     Tackling food poverty through a multi-agency approach
–     The role of food in promoting social inclusion, social interaction and positive behaviours
–     Establishing healthy attitudes to food from an early age
–     Adopting a child rights approach to food.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Greta Defeyter, Director of Healthy Living at the University of Northumbria, speaking about the evidence behind ‘holiday hunger’ and ‘holiday loss of learning’, and successful intervention to tackle these phenomena.

Other confirmed contributors:
–     Children’s Food Trust
–     Education Scotland
–     Food for Life Scotland
–     Obesity Action Scotland
–     NHS Tayside
–     Glasgow City Council

More speakers to be announced soon. Book by Friday 28 April to take advantage of our 10% early bird discount!

Book online Call us on 0131 313 8828 Email events@childreninscotland.org.uk


Food for thought

posted by Alita Spink, Schools and Learning Support Officer, Schools and Learning

Applications Now Open for Food for Thought Funding –  Phase 5      

We are delighted to announce that there is another round of funding for early learning and childcare centres, primary schools and secondary schools to develop Food and Health education.

Up to £3000 is available for successful bids and applications will close at 14.00 on Wednesday 31st May 2017.

The aim of the fund is to provide progressive, high quality learning experiences in food and health, allowing learners to develop their knowledge and skills.  It also provides the opportunity to plan and implement learning which builds sustainability and capacity for future development.

Click here for more information / application form.

Arbroath High School Sports Report

posted by Margaret Thompson, Library Assistant, Arbroath High School

Match Reports – Week Beginning 20th March 2017

Angus Schools Cross Country
Congratulations to all pupils who took part in the Angus Schools Cross Country. There were a total of 57 Arbroath High School pupils who ran in the event at Monikie Country Park on Tuesday 21st of March 2017. Special mention to Isla Whitton who won the S1 Girls, Demi Kelbie who came second in the S3 Girls, Adam McIntosh who came second in the Senior Boys and Elliot Burns who came third in the Senior Boys. There were also team successes for the Senior Boys who won gold, S1 Girls who won silver, and S3 Boys and Senior Girls who won bronze.

Congratulations also go out to Megan McColl, Zoe Rennie and Abbie Hogg who have all been selected to represent the U17 Scotland Squad for Cricket. The girls attended the National Cricket Academy at Mary Erskine School during the Easter holidays and cricket matches will commence in July.  Megan McColl was also been named as ‘Most Improved Player 2016’ for the U17 Scotland Team where she was awarded a trophy at regional training.

Pictured are (left to right) : Megan McColl, Zoe Rennie and Abbie Hogg.

Table Tennis
Well done to Zoe Rennie who represented Arbroath High School at the Scottish Cup Table Tennis Finals. Zoe finished 8th in the U14 girls.

Search begins for Year of Young People 2018 Ambassadors

posted by Alita Spink, Schools and Learning Support Officer

On 7 March 2017, Mark McDonald, Scottish Government Minister for Childcare and Early Years, was joined by a group of young people from across the country, at the National Museum of Scotland, to launch a national search for young Ambassadors for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP 2018).

On the milestone of 300 days to go until the year starts, a new website, event funding and the official logo for YOYP 2018 were also unveiled. yoyp2018.scot

YOYP 2018 will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. It is the next of the Scottish Government’s series of themed years and follows the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

Young Scot, Children in Scotland and Scottish Youth Parliament are recruiting 200 young people throughout Scotland to become YOYP 2018 Ambassadors. Ambassadors will ensure that people and organisations in their communities know about what’s happening. Together with other Ambassadors they will lead on projects and activities to create events and opportunities to celebrate young people.

More information on the Year and planned activity can be found at yoyp2018.scot

Join the conversation online using #YOYP2018