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Confident individuals – a fine example from Eastwood High

Eastwood High and Pulse Community Radio recently played host to a very famous former student, who’s now a BBC Radio 1 DJ!  Ally McCrae, who comes from Neilston, spent an afternoon chatting with and passing on advice to students and budding radio broadcasters.

Eastwood High Depute Head Teacher, Margaret McCartney, was delighted to welcome Ally back to school to spend a period with senior students, who are keen to follow in his footsteps with a career in media.  Ally didn’t even blush when Margaret read from his yearbook.

Ally then passed on advice and inspiration to young volunteer presenters at Pulse Community Radio, many of whom are students in East Renfrewshire Secondaries.

I was lucky enough to record a show with Ally where he talked about his experience of school,  growing up in a musical house and how the skills he learned from home, school and University helped him to carve a niche in the music industry that lead to the holy grail – a job at BBC Radio 1!

Anyone who taught Ally should be proud of the part they played in what he has gone on to achieve. 

Everyone who teaches should be proud of what Ally has to say about education.  You all make a difference.  You never know, one of your students right now might be the next Ally McCrae..

Listen to this inspirational, infectious young man right here.  Why not share with your students – you might inspire them too.

http://www.mixcloud.com/pulse984alifeinmusic/ally-mccrae-a-life-in-music/

SouperDouper learning with Wholefoods

As part of last years FeastRen, Wholefoods Market in Giffnock designed a challenge for our schools, to help them explore food and health.  The project was called the SouperDouper Challenge and led to some fabulous, creative healthy learning in our primaries and secondaries.

The primary challenge was an art competition, with pupils being asked to invent a healthy soup and create a drawing to go along with it.  Our schools really got behind this challenge – it was so successful that Wholefoods decided to make a calendar with the winning soups.  13 pupils and their schools were awarded with their calendars just in time for the Christmas break.   

A special mention must go to OLM primary.  They got so involved in the challenge that every single class – from P1 to P7 – made soup in school!  This really is a perfect example of the Curriculum for Excellence.  Nicola Cochrane, who leads on HWB in OLM was kind enough to have a chat with me about the project when I visited the school.  Click the link to hear her inspirational words. 

https://wikis.glowscotland.org.uk/@api/deki/files/59081/=souperdouper_OLM.wav

I was also lucky to come across a winner in Springhill & Auchenback, a delightful and very smart P3 pupil.  Listen to him tell me all about his soup making skills.  He must make his teacher and his mum very proud indeed.  

https://wikis.glowscotland.org.uk/@api/deki/files/59082/=souperdouper_springhill.wav

Here are some of the pictures from the colourful primary calendar.

Our secondary Home Economics departments were given the opportunity to take a class on a visit to Wholefoods for a tour and to choose ingredients to take back to school and design and make their very own soup.  Four of our secondaries took part – St Luke’s, Williamwood, Eastwood and Mearns Castle.   Alison and I were lucky enough to visit a few of the school kitchens as cooking and judging was taking place.  The skill and invention the students showed was fantastic!  This is what they made:

  • St Luke’s – Sweet Potato & Chilli Soup.
  • Williamwood – Spicy Carrot Soup with Yoghurt.
  • Eastwood – Warmin Pumpkin Soup.
  • Mearns Castle – Creamy Tomato & Basil.

The winning soup, as judged by the Wholefoods panel, was Williamwood’s Spicy Carrot Soup with Yoghurt, made by students in Hillary McKelvie’s class.  All 4 soups were magnificent – I was lucky enough to taste them.    Here they are, just before judging.

 

The winning Williamwood soup was recreated, using the same recipe,  by Wholefoods chefs and sold in store. The winning students from Williamwood were invited to the store to meet the chef and see their soup in the hot food section.  What a thrilling prize!

And just incase you’d like to make the soups yourself..

Williamwood Spicy Carrot Soup with Yogurt ( wholefoods recipe)

mearns castle creamy tomato and basil

St Luke’s Sweet potato & Chilli soup Recipe

Eastwood High warming pumpkin soup 

Wholefoods Market are a wonderful addition to our range of partners who work with schools to bring the curriculum to life.

A big thank you to all the schools who took part – taking the time to develop an idea that enriches learning for your students is never easy, but always worth it. 

Special thanks to the secondary Home Economic’s teachers – Jackie Stead from St Luke’s; Philippa Craig from Eastwood; Sarah Robinson from Mearns Castle and Hillary McKelvie from Williamwood – you are all wonderful and an inspiration to your students.

If you have any ideas for next year’s FeastRen project, please get in touch.

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.