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Welcome back!


I don’t know about you, but I was very happy to sit behind my desk today and get my to do-list written.  I’ve had a restful, happy festive break but I’ve been looking forward to getting back to work for the last couple of days.  For me, there’s something about working in a school that I’ve missed.  And I know what that something is too – the hustle and bustle of eager, enquiring young minds, desperate to drain every last idea and creative thought from each and every adult who helps them to learn.   Isn’t it great!

Here are a few of the things I’m excited about this term:

  • consulting with senior students in each of our secondaries as we pull together our ideas for revamping the RSHPE curriculum.  I am very keen to hear what they have to say about their experiences of learning in this important subject.
  • more planning with Barry Cook from Active Schools on our successful holiday programme.  Thanks to increased funding from the Council, we’ll be expanding the programme this year to include provision for S1 & S2 students and a programme for parents and carers, in partnership with our Adult Learning colleagues. 
  • delivering workshops on the importance of sleep at the St Ninian’s family HWB evening.  This is sure to be a busy and very worthwhile evening.  It will be great to see how the St Ninian’s community works together to give everyone the opportunity to look after their health.
  • working with the Youth Achievement Award group at Barrhead High to develop and facilitate a HWB event for the school’s S2 students.  With the ideas coming from the group themselves and full support from the HT and senior staff, their focus on raising awareness of self harm and where to go for support will be a first class piece of work.  I look forward to sharing it with you in due course.
  • taking part in a seminar at Isobel Mair School which is bringing together a whole host of partners and school staff who will share with the school community how we all work together to Get It Right For Every Child in Isobel Mair school.
  • working with the PT in Behaviour Support at Barrhead High  to facilitate sharing information, what works and how best to support young people’s mental health with the PSA team.  The first half of this work took place on the October inservice but we learned so much from each other there was a real keenness to continue.  It’s very exciting for us all.
  • developing a workshop for an Education Scotland event in planning for choices and changes.  I’m delighted to be invited to this as they’ve heard about some work I’ve been doing in secondary with small groups of students who struggle to cope with stress around exam time.  This is a pleasure to do and it’ll be a pleasure to share.

If you would like to chat with me about any of this work, I’d be happy to hear from you.  Perhaps I could be involved in something similar in your school..?  You can mail me on mckendryc1@ea.e-renfrew.sch.uk

I hope you’ve enjoyed your first day back as much as I have!

Woodfarm High’s Ambassadors for Sport – & pretty impressive young people in their own right.


Marie Baxter, Active School’s Co-ordinator in the Woodfarm cluster, recently brought her student sporting ambassadors to Pulse Community Radio to tell the listeners about the role they play in promoting sport and physical activity in their school.  It wasn’t long before we realised they are really impressive young people in their own right and are doing a brilliant job of supporting the school’s efforts but also preparing themselves for university and the world of work.  

If you know Amy and Grant, you’ll already know what I mean.  They are sure to make a great job of whatever they do.  Click the soundcloud link below to listen for yourself – they are a successful product of a great education.  Well done Marie, Amy & Grant!


A whole school celebration of HWB @ Mearns Primary


Many schools organise whole school events to celebrate aspects of the curriculum like Eco Schools, Citizenship or HWB.  These are great ways to showcase all the great work that goes on in school, engage with parents and invite other members of the school community to share in community learning. 

I recently attended Mearns Primary’s HWB & Eco Event, with my recorder, and managed to catch some very busy staff and pupils to have a quick chat and get a sense of how they have embedded HWB into their learning; how they’ve motivated pupils to get involved in organising the event and how they’ve encouraged enterprising pupils to develop a wonderful project that raised money for the school.  

Listen for yourself

P6 pupils make and sell a fitness DVD 


PT Jo Macgregor on how to make the process as simple as possible http://soundcloud.com/pulse-healthy-radio/teacher-jo-macgregor-tells-us

Our good chum Barry Cook – more children, more active, more often! http://soundcloud.com/pulse-healthy-radio/barry-cook-promoting-health

Track suits & other important HWB stuff @ Kirkhill Primary


Kirkhill Primary were recently nominated for a School Sport Award for the fantastic work the school community does to promote sport and physical activity – within and outwith the curriculum.  Gillian McCombe, who leads on HWB in the school and Barry Cook, senior Active Schools Co-ordinator are at the heart of making sure all the children @ Kirkhill have the opportunity to be more active, more often. 

I had the pleasure of chatting to them and two wonderful pupils, Sophie and Calum when they recently visited Pulse Community Radio to tell us all about their experiences of HWB @ Kirkhill.  The children are charming and Barry and Gillian can talk for Britain – listen for yourself! & you might even hear us all sing @ the end….