We are half way through the school session and it’s hard to escape the national media coverage on education ranging from closing the attainment gap, workload, PISA results and, of course, the often negative profile teenagers can receive, writes Lynn Black (Beeslack Community High School).
However, I consider myself to be really lucky; I work every day with over 650 fabulous young people and a very committed team of staff. I’d like to reflect on some of the amazing things that have been going on in Beeslack over the past few months.
Since August we have appointed a senior pupil leadership team. Ollie, Anna, Jenny and Vaila are an absolute pleasure to work with and have taken forward a number of initiatives in the school and community. Of late Ollie has organised a food bank collection and Vaila is organising a Scottish night for the school community. The S6 pupils, ably supported by Mrs Gess, organised a Christmas party for the senior citizens in our local community which was a great success. Pupils were performing, staff reciting poetry, all in all it was a really lovely occasion.
In the junior school, our pupils have been busy working on environmental projects as part of the John Muir Award. Instilling a sense of pride in the local community is part of this project and S1 pupils have been out and about making and putting up bird feeders and carrying out litter picks around the school campus.
December brought with it the annual Christmas concert and an amazing exhibition of pupil art work. I and many others were in awe of the talent on display and the commitment demonstrated by all to make the concert and exhibition a great success.
This summary doesn’t even scratch the surface of the range of activities and learning opportunities that our pupils and staff have been involved in but I am sure you can imagine how proud I am of the school. Pupils don’t always make the correct choices all of the time but which of us always get it right? It’s very easy to get bogged down in some of the negative media coverage on education. This is just a wee reminder of all the good stuff going on that can quite often be overlooked!