Friday 22 February 2013
There was no real score kept of the football match today between students from Hollybrook Academy in Glasgow and counterparts from Maerkisches Berufskolleg in Unna, Germany.
But the friendly game – possibly 8 -8 – played at Toryglen indoor football centre, was great fun. It was followed by a visit to
Hampden Football Museum.
Said Mary Farrell Head Teacher of Hollybrook in Govanhill: ‘We have a jam-packed itinerary planned for our visitors, including trips to the Riverside Museum, Anniesland College, Xscape and orienteering in Mugdock Park.’
Some of the local students – aged up to 18 – and the German visitors – aged up to 23 – plan to hire kilts for their final fling – a ceilidh at the end of the two week visit. Said DJ NotNot alias Declan McNaughton (16): ‘We’ve sorted out the music for the night. There will be chart stuff, ceilidh music and music the German visitors want.’ Added DJ Barbie alias Stephen McLauchlan (17): ”All the equipment is organised as well as the lighting and the food.’
The two schools for young people with additional support needs, have been in touch through an initiative funded by the British Council supporting a bilingual Comenius Project.
Said Hollybrook teacher Silke Bryce, who is German and taught English before coming to live and work in Scotland: ‘This is a two year sports and leisure project. It allows an exchange of teachers and students and stimulates them to learn about each other’s country, culture, life style and language.’
The Glasgow students aim to travel to Germany next year but they haven’t worked out yet what they can do about kilts…
Pupils at Blackfriars Primary School in Gorbals have become world cup winners.
Glasgow Education Services presented the school with a silver cup for their work in global citizenship and multi-culturalism.
Blackfriars has been forging links with schools in Russia and Ghana, and is about to make new friends in Sweden, Slovakia, Spain and Denmark.
The school is part of the Comenius Project, an international education programme where young people focus on international events, learn different languages and find out about each other’s cultures.
Principal Teacher, Lorna Conway, who co-ordinates the work said: ‘It has taken two years to get this up and running. Every member of staff has contributed to the success. Our Pupils’ International Team is delighted their hard work has paid off.’
Headteacher, John Lawson added: ‘The school is also contributing to the preparations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Winning the cup will give everyone a boost to keep on providing excellent education.’
Retiring International Education Officer, Edna Paterson, presented it at her farewell party. The award follows an ECO flag for environmental education, a Diamond Award for enterprise education, a Health-promoting School award and gold medals in the Museum art awards.