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Each year at this time in St Luke’s, I co-faciltate an S6 alcohol/keeping safe session with the Campus Cop and Pupil Support staff.  I blogged about it last year – here is a reminder of their tips for how to keep themselves safe.

What keeps me safe when I’m out?

  • eat beforehand x7
  • buy your own drinks x2
  • don’t drink to keep up with the crowd
  • get a taxi home
  • keep your drink with you @ all times
  • stay with your pals x11
  • know your alcohol limits x7
  • tell someone what time you should be home x3
  • tell your parents the truth about where you are going x4
  • have a phone with you
  • have an ICE number in your phone (incase of emergency) x3
  • keep in contact with guardians
  • sort out a lift home
  • don’t walk home from parties
  • don’t go away with a stranger
  • know when enough is enough
  • don’t walk home yourself
  • know how you’re getting home
  • don’t mix your drinks
  • drink a litre of water when you get home so you’re not hungover
  • make sure your phone is charged
  • if you feel too drunk – stop!

The Drinkaware website has a wealth of information and advice, but this year they have also developed a free app, aimed at young people, to help them stay safe and connected, whilst they party.  Use the link below to download the app.

Glasgow City Council also have a NiteZone initiative to help you get home safely after a night out in the City.  Use the link for further info and to follow them on Facebook.

To get them in the mood, our lesson starter with the St Luke’s S6 group is to share their best and worst chat up lines.  Here are my favourites from this year.

  • Do you want to come back to mine and do all the things I’m going to tell my mate we did anyway..?
  • If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put you and I together..  🙂

I know which one would be more likely to work on me..  Have a safe, sensible festive season.

The impact of our work in HWB

Education Scotland has produced a short video report on their recent HWB curriculum impact visits across the country.  They visited East Renfrewshire and spent time with schools in the St Luke’s cluster and wider learning neighbourhood, including Isobel Mair School.   And they liked what they saw and heard very much.

Producing a report in audio/video is a great idea.  You might find it easier to access in this format.


Looking after your wellbeing


Anyone can be adversely affected by stress at any time of the year, but rushing towards the end of term and the festive season can be enough to give even the most chilled, sleepless nights.

What better time to share a link you may already have seen to a bunch of excellent podcasts that can help with a range of topics – from sleep, mindfullness, stress and relaxation to some positive encouragement for the New Year, New You resolutions you may already be thinking about.

The Mental Health Foundation is a great website with a wealth of information – well worth a look.  Here are the links to the website and to the podcasts.

Have a healthy, happy and restorative festive season.