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Young Enterprise, hard at work

Whilst at Mearns Castle High during the recent inservice, I came across these three lovely S5 students, busy washing staff cars in the car park.

They explained their early start back at school and car washing efforts were to raise funds for a trip.  As part of their work with the World Challenge initiative, the girls will join a larger group next summer and travel to India to help less fortunate children, whilst learning valuable life and leadership skills that will help them on their journey into adulthood and learning beyond school.

They need to raise £2000 to fund the trip and their car washing efforts over the two days had seen them net over £150.

Imagine giving up the final two days of your holiday to come back to school, get wet and dirty, all in the name of raising money to help those less fortunate.  A trip to India is a wonderful opportunity for anyone but I can’t help but admire their commitment and enterprising attitudes.

These students will go far – even further than India I would wager.

If you’re interested in World Challenge, check out their website.

http://www.world-challenge.co.uk/

Who said Maths isn’t beautiful?

I was in Mearns Castle High for an inservice session on Teaching RSHPE (ofcourse you know this stands for Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education) and our venue was one of the Maths classes.

I thought I’d share this picture, taken from a wall display.  The teacher in question, who is now retired, is legendary for her inspirational, creative and inspiring classroom. 

Who said maths can’t be beautiful?

I wonder what an IDL project between Art and Maths would look like?  I’d love to see the results, wouldn’t you? 

And if you’re wondering what this has to do with HWB – how could you not be happy, inspired and ready to learn if your classroom looked like this?  Or if you had the opportunity to create your own version.

Isn’t everything about HWB…

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. 

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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.