Category Archives: Creativity

Agile Software Development opportunity with Industry


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XP2016 in association with Skills Development Scotland Digital World are offering school students, P5 – P7 and S1 – S3, the exciting opportunity to take part in a free software development workshop at the International Conference on Agile Software Development in Edinburgh 24-27th May.  This is the first time the digital industry has given school students the chance to take part in an industry conference.

Invitation – Software Development Workshop (2)

Coderdojo coding clubs will be delivering the workshop, providing a fantastic opportunity for schools to get hands on with software development and for students to get an exciting taster of what a career in software development might involve.

The event is held in Edinburgh and the organisers will be making contribution to travel costs to help schools from further away take part.   Places are very limited and schools will be drawn from a hat to ensure fairness. Schools MUST REGISTER by Friday 22 April to be part of the draw.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Ketty Lawrence, Skills Development Scotland –


PWP_2073A Hermitage Park Primary School pupil from Edinburgh, has been named in first place of the John Byrne National Drawing Competition, beating thousands of other entries to take the top spot.

Alba Cooke Ribes (P5) received the award on Friday 18 March from John, who unveiled a special exhibition of competition entries at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery to mark the end of the second year of the competition.

Alba Ribes, Hermitage Park Primary

John revealed Alba as the winner alongside Amy Tucker (P7) from Maxwellton Primary, East Kilbride in second place and Georgia Ruddiman Carmen Neat Lotte Boon Von Ochsee (S3) from Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen in third place.

Three runners up were highly commended for their artwork including Kevin Lee (P7), Busby Primary, Clarkston, Rachael Dhanaraj (S3), Harris Academy, Dundee and Sarah McIver (S3), Govan High, Glasgow.

John Byrne, said: “I’m really pleased to announce the winners of this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition and I’d like to offer my congratulations to Alba, Amy and Georgia, and all the other entrants who took park.

“The winning artwork was chosen as it initially caught my eye during the judging process then on closer inspection, just blew me away with the young artist’s use of materials, composition and colour, that really helped their entry stand out against the work of other competitors.

“The young people in our country never cease to amaze me with their artistic skills and extraordinary talent, and that has come through in this year’s entries. The standard of work has been fantastic and I hope that the competition has inspired many of the young entrants to continue to enjoy art and draw more.”

Alba said: “I’m feeling very excited and happy.  I love Art and in particular enjoy drawing.  I’m really excited about meeting John Byrne.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teacher, Miss Watson because she taught us lots of techniques and helped me to improve my work.”

Bill Maxwell, Education Scotland Chief Executive said: “I’m really pleased to offer my congratulations to Alba, Amy and Georgia who have been chosen as the top three winners of this year’s John Byrne National Drawing Competition. It’s been another successful year after receiving thousands of competition entries from talented children and young people in schools across the country.

“The competition is a great opportunity for children and young people to tap into their creativity and unleash their artistic talents and showcase their work in front of one of Scotland’s most talented and renowned artists.”


Alba received the first prize of a limited edition full colour print by John, a £100 voucher for art materials and a £50 book token. Second and third placed winners each received a limited edition print by John, £50 and £30 voucher for art materials, respectively, and a £25 book token. The 30 runners up received certificates specially designed by John himself.

In addition to the fantastic prizes, the winners’ artwork, as well as entries from 30 runners up, are on display at the museum as part of a special exhibition.

The competition aims to raise the profile of drawing and inspire young people from P4 to S3 to get creative. The children and young people were invited to enter artwork of any size and created in any media.

The judging panel, headed by John, consisted of Ron Cowie, Senior Education Officer for Expressive Arts at Education Scotland, Wilma Eaton from Strathclyde University, Lorna Macdonald from Edinburgh City Council, Heather Barclay and Kenny Christie, Development Officers at Education Scotland. The judging took place at Strathclyde University.

The John Byrne National Drawing Competition runners up include:

• James Wheate, S1, St Ninian’s High, East Renfrewshire
• Polly Johnson, P6, Netherlee Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Larisa Morozova, P7, Busby Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Jennifer Addie, P5, Busby Primary, East Renfrewshire
• Corran Ewart, S2, Strathaven Academy, South Lanarkshire
• Andy Muir, S1, Trinity High, South Lanarkshire
• Molly-Ann Cairns, P5/6, Canberra Primary, South Lanarkshire
• Anna McDiarmid, S2, Biggar High, South Lanarkshire
• John Douglas, P5, Tough School, Aberdeenshire
• Ruwayda Rafique, Notre Dame High, Glasgow
• Saira Khalid, S3, Notre Dame High, Glasgow
• Caitlin McIvor, Cedarbank School, West Lothian
• Cameron Hart, Cedarbank School, West Lothian
• Ola Koza, P4, Knightsbridge Primary, West Lothian
• Vicki Fulton, Linlithgow Academy, West Lothian
• Cal Young, Linlithgow Academy, West Lothian
• Douglas Ingles, S1, Inverkeithing High, Fife
• Seonaid Best, Inverkeithing High, Fife
• Michael Crookshanl, S2, Woodmill High, Fife
• Euan Hancock P6, Pitteuchar West Primary, Fife
• Beth Donnachie, S1, Craigmarloch, Inverclyde
• Liza Dixon, P5, Portree Primary, Highland
• Rachel Malcolm, Chryston Primary, North Lanarkshire
• Joseph Ward, St Mary’s School, Scottish Borders
• Evie Jardine, P6, South Morningside Primary, Edinburgh
• Keira Grieve, S3, Tynecastle High, Edinburgh
• Holly Irvine, P6, Aith Junior High, Shetland Islands

Dinnae be a fairdiegowk, give the Into Film newsletter a wee read.

Well hello there!

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Do you know what a fairdiegowk is? Or a craiture? 

Fairdiegowk is now my new favourite Scots word. Sorry Bahookie, you’ve been skelped by a superior word.

My love for this new word is thanks to the amazing Gruffalo’s Child event that was held on 9th March at Dundee Contemporary Arts. This event, created and presented In partnership with Education Scotland, saw nearly 200 young people immersed in the world that is The Gruffalo in Scots.

First off the children watched the original version of the film and although it is written in English, it was great to hear the dulcet Scottish tones of Robbie Cultrane as the Gruffalo and the incredible soft Scottish lilt of Shirley Henderson as the Gruffalo’s child. (In quite a departure from her Happy Valley role!)

After watching the film the young people were treated to not one, but TWO readings from Matthew Fitt. The children really loved these readings, the first in Scots and the second in Dundonian. The Dundonian version had  been written by Matthew and had never before been heard by an audience. It was a real world first. The children thought it was “affy braw” to hear about the dietary likes of the “muckle mad moose”, which includes Gruffalo cake and Gruffalo bridies from Greggs.

After the readings the Children went through some of the differences in Language with Education Scotland and were then able to use this knowledge of Scots Language and use it to write a review of the film.

It was a brilliant day, enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Well that was our week, we have other things happening as well, but none as “teckle” as this.

Well not this week.

Next week, however, is another matter entirely.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s story from Into Film in Scotland.

Please keep reading if you would like to know how to use film as part of National Careers Week and to hear more about the new film Hail, Caesar!

Best wishes,


Jo Spence is part of the Education Team at Into Film Scotland

Find out more here: Into Film Newsletter


Whit sangs, tales an dauncin culd we gie ilka bairn in Scotlan fir a richt guid handsel? Tae stert oot wi as a smidgin, a wee seed whilk micht graw intae muckle trees o pleisur an wunner. Here’s a wee mindin tae begin wi fir aabody, reidy tae yaise an free tae aa.

Dè na h-òrain, sgeulachdan, dannsaichean, agus cleachdaidhean tradaiseanta nan ràithean, air am bu chòir do gach leanabh no pàiste ann an Alba a bhith eòlach? Dè tha buntainn leotha as bith cò às a tha iad, no dè an cultar no an cànan a th’ aca?

What songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs should every child in Scotland know? What belongs to them regardless of origin, culture or language? Presented in a simple online format incorporating text, audio, video and helpful guidelines, Gifting Every Child provides a manageable and accessible introduction to the traditional arts that can easily be put to use in the classroom, club, community hall or family sitting room.

In providing educators, parents, teachers and anyone else who wishes to engage in creative work with children with an accessible selection of some of the best examples of the traditional arts, we in turn gift the children with an introduction to Scotland’s creative culture and indigenous languages, which could serve them a lifetime of benefit.

Incorporating a multimedia format of text, audio files (both streamable and downloadable) and video, the resource is easily downloadable and ideally designed to suit various abilities and levels of interest – whether you want to meticulously engage with each piece of the resource, or pick and choose from what is available. Guest editors Bea Ferguson (story), Christina Stewart (song) and Mats Melin (dance) have years of experience in their respective fields, and especially in engaging with children and education. The inclusion of Gaelic and Scots throughout is vitally important, with the material provided also being broadly targeted at the 6 to 9 age group.

In the second stage of this project, TRACS plans to develop the Gifting Every Child model across communities through a series of workshops, and by promoting local practitioners able to support creative work with children. The public are warmly invited to add their own local or family favourites to the collection, thus making this a collaborative project in which everyone living in Scotland can tap into our rich creative culture.

View or download the resources for free at: Gifting Every Child

View the Promo Video

For further information please contact:

Morag Wells | Digital & Languages Apprentice | TRACS | 0131 556 9579


Starcatchers – Inspiration Days


You might be interested to know that Starcatchers is hosting Inspiration Days in Dundee on 12th March and Edinburgh on 23rd April. These events are open to all Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners.

The days will include practical training and discussion about the role of ELC practitioners in helping close the equity gap using a creative, playful approach to the arts. Content of the session will include looking at playful ways to explore language and support language development with children aged 0-3 using stories and storytelling. The Dundee session will offer ideas about enjoying puppetry and object led play with younger children in Dundee. At Edinburgh, participants will explore the role music and the arts have in child development in Edinburgh.

Sign-up here for Dundee. Here for Edinburgh.

Have you seen Arts from the Start blog

Contact Starcatchers

BBC Build It Scotland

The BBC Build It Scotland project is up and running and is a wonderful opportunity for Primary and Secondary schools to get involved with Technology and explore the Built envirnonment around them. The project is part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival of Architecture.

To find out more about the Project go to where you can sign up and browse through the resource area.

They also have the ‘Bright Spark’ series of films which profile a range of people who have STEM related careers to help young people make links between what they are doing and the real world opportunities open to them (2 of 7 available now but more following in the next 2 weeks)

In addition, Hamilton College offer some tips from their own experiences with Build It Scotland

Our Glowblog – we’d love to help build a community with schools who are really engaged and this would be the perfect place to do so


Technical Theatre Symposium – 11 March, Stirling

Tech Theatre Symp11 March, 10.15am to 5pm 

For the third year running the Scottish Drama Training Network will be bringing together the Technical Theatre sector in Scotland.  This is a key opportunity for people who work backstage to meet with practice-based drama teachers and theatre educators and to take part in discussions, keynote talks and networking. For full information about the day please visit the SDTN website. To register for the Symposium click here Places are limited so register as soon as possible. The day will include: Industry Interviews: this is a chance to hear from leading stage managers who graduated from two of our network institutions – Queen Margaret University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  They have been in the industry for 10 years and will talk about how their training has shaped their work, where they are now and where they see themselves in 10 years time. Education and Industry Spotlights: this is a 5 minute opportunity for education and industry to share.  Contributors include:

  • Julie Ellen, Artistic Director – Macrobert Art Centre
  • Morven Pringle, Head of Section of Performing Arts  – West College Scotland
  • David Smout, Lecturer & Production Manager (Technical Theatre) – Dundee and Angus College
  • Emma Beatt, Training and Professional Development Manager – Federation of Scottish Theatre
  • Joshua Ford, YTAS Young Arts Leaders/EdTech
  • Anya Glinski, Lecturer Costume Construction – Edinburgh College
  • Janet Westwater, Principle Teacher of Guidance – Bearsden Academy
  • Dianne Quinn, Curriculum Head  Creative Industries – Ayrshire College
  • Brian Gunnee, Senior Technician – Aberdeen Art Centre
  • George MacKenney, Operations Manager – Aberdeen Arts Centre

Panel Discussion: We are pleased to announce our panel chair this year is Judith Doherty, Chief Executive, Producer and Co-Artistic Director for Grid Iron Theatre Company.

Hear education and industry leaders in theatre set, costume and lighting design discuss the topics of the day. Following this discussion there will be a chance for you to have your say with Breakout Sessions hosted by the panel members.

Starter topics for discussion are:

  • ‘What are the barriers to design students accessing work placement?’
  • ‘Where do the designers go after graduation?’

If you would like to suggest a discussion topic please email Abigail on

The Panel includes:

  • Sarah Paulley, Senior Lecturer Costume & Construction – Queen Margaret University
  • Rachel Young, Course Leader Costume Construction – South Essex College
  • Janise Hart, Theatre Set and Costume Designer, Scenehouse, Edinburgh
  • Christoph Wagner, Representative from the Association of Lighting Designers
  • Philip Pinsky, Composer and Sound Designer
  • Simon Wilkinson, Lighting Designer

The Venue

The Symposium will be held at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling University and is easily accessible by car and public transport.  A coach will be provided from Stirling Train Station, departing from the station at 10.15am and departing from the Macrobert at 5.15pm for the journey home.  Please book your place on the coach via the registration form.

If you have any queries about the day please email our Technical Theatre Skills Officer, Abigail on

We look forward to seeing you there!

Zero Waste Scotland Masterclasses

Dyeing Tech

‘Dyeing Technologies for the Circular Economy’ is the third in a series of Masterclasses for the textile industry delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.

Textile dyeing is constantly evolving. With the primary objectives of textile dyeing being to improve the aesthetic and functional properties of textiles, the demand for superior quality and functionality from textiles is increasing. Dyeing operations must improve.

Techniques are being scrutinised to be more efficient from the technical, economic and ecological perspective and this trend is continuing. But what novel dyeing techniques will the future hold? Where does sustainability come into play?

Dr Richard Blackburn will give you a new perspective on textile dyeing, and the future of this constantly evolving area. The textile coloration of the world is changing!

Date & Time: Tuesday 01 March 2016 from 09:30 – 17:00

Venue: Lecture TBC, Edinburgh Napier University,School of Arts & Creative Industries,  Merchiston Campus, EH10 5DT

Who should attend?– The Masterclass is free to attend and open to individuals in the textile industry looking to learn more about sustainable textile design. Attendance is by application and selection.

How can I register?- Download the Application Form from the Zero Waste Scotland website. Any queries please contact Suzanne on

Dr Blackburn will also be carrying out a shorter version through an Open Lecture for the general public and students on 29 February 2016, from 18:30-20:00.

Click here for more information or to register.

This course is approved by The Textile Institute.


Celebrate Chinese New Year 2016

Small - Chinese New Year 2016Celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 with Glow TV on Friday 19th February at 1.15pm. This year we will celebrating the year of the monkey!

This year St Ninian’s High school will hold East Dunbartonshire’s Confucius classrooms Chinese New year showcase live in Glow TV. 6 primary and secondary schools in East Dunbartonshire will take part in the showcase, including: St Ninian’s High School, Douglas Academy, St Flannan’s Primary school, Holy Family, St Agatha’s Primary school and Meadowburn Primary school. The programme includes traditional Chinese dance, Kungfu dance, dragon and lion dance, traditional and modern Chinese songs, traditional Chinese music, Chinese drama and some other performances.

The show demonstrates pupils’ passion and talent for learning the Chinese language and culture and will be full of fun and energy!

Register now to take part live – Celebrate Chinese New Year 2016

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.