In partnership with Wholefoods Market in Giffnock, a number of our schools are taking part in the Souper Douper Challenge. Primaries have created some beautiful artwork which will shortly be judged, the winners being incorporated into a calendar. The secondary competition involved classes visiting the store, researching ingredients and making their own soups, which will be made by the chefs @ Wholefoods, in order to choose a winner. The winning soup will be made in store! I had the pleasure of visiting Philippa Craig’s class @ Eastwood High with a few staff from Wholefoods, to taste their winter warming pumpkin soup. I’ll post the recipe just as soon as I’ve worked out how to… Meanwhile, here is a beautiful picture of the pots they used to make the soup. Alison and I are off to Sarah Robinson’s class @ Mearns Castle tomorrow to taste some more soup 🙂 This is a fine example of how our schools, in partnership with local business, bring the curriculum to life.
A secondary colleague of ours, having recently done Mental Health First Aid, was able to engage a previously ‘invisible’ pupil in a meaningful conversation that had a profound effect on improving her mental health. Here are some wise words from TESS on the importance of engaging ‘invisible’ pupils. http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6295237
The last course for this year will be taking place on 6 & 13 November @ Eastwood House. The CPD site will show the course as being full, but if you would like to take part, drop me an email, I’ll squeeze you in.
Here are some of the comments from previous participants:
- I was able to deal with my daughter’s attitude towards me in a more relaxed/calm manner. I listened and heard and empathised, making my week actually quite pleasant.
- I’ve become more reflective – trying not to let things get to me that really aren’t important or I can’t do anything about.
- I’ve become more aware of people around me and more observant.
- This course has had a profound affect on how I think about mental health issues and how I will react and recognise signs and symptoms.
- I am a better listener, more aware of what people are saying and have a better understanding of mental health issues.
Check out the website for further info: www.smhfa.com
Much excitement, our new HWB Blog appears to be live! As promised, Alison and I will use this Blog to keep you up to date with news, good practice and some of the great HWB stuff we see on our travels. Please mail me if you’d like me to Blog your HWB chat.