All posts by Freda Ross

World Maths Day

I know East Lothian schools enjoy participating in World Maths Day which in March this year saw a staggering 1.2 million students taking part and setting a new Guinness World Record in the process. Therefore, I would like to bring to your attention a free on-line Maths event taking place in November which is open to ALL schools in the UK.

It begins on the 8th November with the practice week taking place from the 1st-7th November. Students will take part in live mental maths games and complete activities which have been aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence too. There are a number of great prizes to be won by pupils, classes and schools. Therefore, I would be delighted if you would consider letting the schools in your region know about this exciting challenge say, through your website or similar. In fact some East Lothian schools, which use Mathletics, have registered their willingness to unite in numbers to participate against the other home nations already. I have attached a Four Nations Maths Challenge flyer and some Education Authority briefing notes but should you require any additional information please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Click for Four Nations Maths Flyer

.Click for Four Nations Maths Flyer

Scottish History, Culture and Heritage – Project Support

All schools have recently received a letter inviting them to apply for Curriculum for Excellence funding to support projects with a focus on Scottish history, culture and heritage.

Margaret O’Connor has identified the following contacts who can provide advice on project bids and practical support in delivering your project.

Arts – Ruthanne Baxter

Museums – Sarah Cowie

Archaeology – Biddy Simpson

Natural Heritage – Maree Johnston

Local History – Sheila Millar

Historic Buildings and Townscapes – Paul Zochowski

Newhailes House – Mark McLean

Good luck with your bids!

Young Ambassadors

Young Ambassadors

With two years to go until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the Young Ambassador Programme is UK wide and delivered in Scotland by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with sportscotland through the Active Schools Network.

Central to the Young Ambassador programme is the principle of young people driving opportunity, engagement and change for other young people. The role of a Young Ambassador involves increasing participation, promoting active and healthy lifestyles and spreading the work of the Olympic and Paralympic values.  Young Ambassadors have a pivotal role within their school and wider community, they are – advocates, role models and leaders of other young people. 

The adiStar ambassador is the first stage of the Young Ambassador initiative. Each high school throughout East Lothian has selected two representatives to take forward the initiative within their school. These Ambassadors will also have input in to the cluster primary schools so please ask your Active Schools Coordinator how the Young Ambassadors can support your school.

WORLD AIDS DAY 1st December 2010

Waverley Care have produced excellent resource sheets that meet some of the learning outcomes within the Health and Wellbeing area of Curriculum for Excellence:
Schools and Youth Resources

World AIDS Day provides an important focus for Waverley Care to engage with schools and youth organisations to raise awareness of HIV. The aim of this work is to minimise onward transmission and break down barriers of stigma and discrimination.

For 2010 we have developed a range of resources, all of which can be downloaded. Using true life experiences of people who are living with or affected by HIV in Scotland, these resources challenge misconceptions about HIV and encourage young people to think through the impact of stigma and discrimination on people’s lives.

To download stories of Emma and Nomusa, two people who are living with HIV, click here.

To download a discussion amongst young people, in the form of an internet forum, click here.

To download some facts and statistics, including suggestions for further research, click here.