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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 🙂

Souper Douper

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.