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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!

Conflict. A powerful message

My Pulse Community Radio colleague and Barrhead High staff member, Raymond Weir, recently had the privilege of conducting a fascinating interview with Kemal Pervanic, a survivor of the Bosnian conflict of the early 90s, as part of a range of activities he was involved in to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in East Renfrewshire. 

Raymond explains – Kemal was put in a concentration camp and was interrogated and punished by folk who were formerly his friends, neighbours and work colleagues. Kemal is a powerful and insightful speaker and I’m sure anyone listening to this interview will be moved by what he has to say. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have lived our lives without having to endure significant conflict can only imagine what it must be like to have your world turned upside down. In Kemal’s view, it did not take much to tip his country over the edge from civilisation into chaos and he has some interesting things to say about the current state of play in Europe.

As a learning resource for PSHE, Social Studies, RME, RMPS – this interview will be first class.

Please feel free to download and share as widely as you wish.