Pupils from Bucksburn Academy engaged in a number of environmental project driven by senior students in liaison with a number of local agencies and organisations such as National Heritage Scotland and Aker Solutions. This inspirational initiative, part of a Comenius Regio Project linking with schools as far afield as Italy on the topic of sustainability, provided pupils with valuable experiences in improving their local environment by cultivation their school grounds, building bird and bat boxes and preparing access to a local woodland area. The involvement in this project gained students significant leadership skills as well John Muir awards. For an analysis of the project by pupils please see the attached PowerPoint presentation and the collated comments of the student survey.
In a recent episode of the BBC Radio Scotland show, ‘Out of doors’, pupils from Perth Grammar and their Depute Headteacher, Michael Conlon, talk about achieving their second Eco Schools Green Flag and how this work links to the school motto: Pride, Respect, Ambition.
You can listen to the clip here, starting at around 21 minutes.
Scoping the training needs of those working with young people to deliver effective tobacco awareness training
ASH Scotland aim to significantly reduce the rate of smoking by young people as part of their five year strategy. The their youth development work, ASH Scotland want to equip those working with young people with resources and skills to effectively incorporate tobacco awareness-raising into practice and contribute to smoking prevention.
ASH Scotland are now in the process of conducting a Training Needs Analysis to explore: TO what extent there is a need for training for those working directly with young people to help them incorporate effective tobacco awareness-raising into practice.
The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You participation will help to scope specific needs of those working with young people and build recommendations to inform future developments.
The closing date for responses for this survey is Friday 22 July 2011.
The Scottish Green Awards, created by Scottish Business Insider in association with Scottish Power, take place on Thursday 29 September 2011 at the Glasgow Science Centre.
The Scottish Green Awards will celebrate the achievements and initiatives of both corporate organisations and individuals who work to reduce carbon emissions.
The 2011 Award Categories are:
- Best Green SME;
- Best Green Large Company;
- Best Green Community Initiative;
- Best Green Campaigner/Activist;
- Best Young Person Campaigner/Activist;
- Best Green School;
- Best Green Public Service or Public Sector Provision;
- Best Green PR Campaign;
- Outstanding Contribution to the Scottish Environment.
The deadline for applications is Friday 29 July 2011.
I recently was invited to the Food for Thought Community Cafe at St. Nicholas Primary School in Broxburn, West Lothian.
Food for Thought is a Fair-Trade community café run by the pupils of St. Nicholas Primary School. At Food for Thought you can share a tea or coffee and some delicious home baking over a chat while learning more about Fair-Trade and how it helps countries in the developing world. You can also buy Fair-Trade goods and find out more about the pupil’s learning in school. From time to time they may provide entertainment or run workshops for you to get involved in. At Food For Thought their aim is to provide a happy atmosphere and a strong sense of community.
Food for Thought was dreamt up by the pupils while they were working on a block of learning about Global Citizenship. It is a Social Enterprise venture and profits will support their sister school in Ghana and local community groups supported by the St. Vincent de Paul.
To view their leaflet click here. FFTCC Leaflet
The materials in this Glow Group cover 15 different units which promote the teaching and learning of engineering in the secondary school curriculum.
Engineering the Future is a 3-year project funded by a major grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which is running from October 2006 to early 2010. It involves staff from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the University of Strathclyde and from the Departments of Electronics and Electrical Engineering and of Educational Studies in the University of Glasgow and science teachers in some 20 secondary schools in 9 education authorities in Scotland and in 2 independent schools. The financial support afforded to the project by EPSRC is gratefully acknowledged as are the advice and encouragement provided by EPSRC and by the Universities of Strathclyde and of Glasgow.
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