Feeling Safe in School

I attended a recent event in Eastwood Park Theatre – as part of the Department’s drive to support anti-bullying work in schools.  You’ll all be aware we have a revised anti-bullying policy and schools have been facilitating training with staff to refresh everyone’s commitment, but this event concentrated on showcasing the great work that goes on in our establishments.  I took the opportunity to chat with a few key folk on the day to get a sense of how important this work is in their schools and how it fits more widely with H&WB.

Thanks to Alison McGillivray – QIO; Amanda Gracie – Head of Creative Arts @ St Luke’s High; Bryan McLachlan – Head Teacher @ Cross Arthurlie Primary; Marion McCallum – Campus Police Officer and the very confident and talented P7 pupils @ Carolside Primary who I put on the spot and who did their school and themselves very proud indeed.

Click on the links below to hear the interviews.






If you have any work from your school you’d like to showcase on our blog, please let me know and I will share it on your behalf. My email address is below.


Also, don’t forget the excellent RespectMe website, full of information and resources to help stimulate learning and discussion around this topic.


Stay safe on the roads


Road Safety Week, organised by the charity Brake, is held in November every year to raise awareness of death and injury on our roads, and the steps that can be taken to improve road safety.  Here are a few websites with good resources for covering this topic in school.





click below for interactive road safety games


Gordon Sweeney, St Luke’s High’s Campus Cop, has worked with the S3 PDP class to come up with some rather clever Road Safety reminders.  Click the link below.

Road safety reminders St Luke’s

Hair of the dog…

It’s Alcohol Awareness Week.  Some think it’s important to have a focus for health topics @ particular times of the year – others think they should be permeated throughout the year.  I think what’s most important is that health topics are raised, giving staff and students the opportunity to discuss and learn about ways to look after their health.

Here are two weblinks to resources for alcohol awareness:



St Luke’s High seniors did a project a few years ago where they researched & discussed how to keep safe on a night out, which may or may not include drinking alcohol.  They produced this great resource, please feel free to share. Clink on the link to open. 

Top Tips for a safe night out

The lovely dog below is part of alcohol concern’s current campaign encouraging us to talk about alcohol.  Check it out, the web address is above.

No one is perfect – not even Olympians

Australian swimmer & 5 time Olympic Gold medallist Ian Thorpe has opened up about his fragile personality and struggles with depression and anxiety. 

“It made me understand I needed to see someone more frequently and to get medication that worked. I feel I’m on to the other side of it now. I’ve got a handle on it but I would never say I’m in control of it because I know how quickly it can change. But I’m in a place where, for the first time, I’m comfortable talking about depression.”

Wouldn’t this article be a perfect addition to mature, open discussion with young people about mental health? 

We need more brave people to be honest about their mental health in order to move on from the stigma that surrounds mental illness.  Nice one Thorpedo, I think you’re even more wonderful now!


Get your cape on…


National Book Week Scotland runs from 26 Nov – 02 Dec.  The website is full of ideas but this is my absolute favourite.  Check these bookish superheroes out – I want to be in their gang!


If you are doing anything in school to celebrate National Book Week Scotland, please let me know and I will share it with our blogchums.

Happy reading 🙂

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