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Island pupils get creative outdoors
The island of Gigha is to play a central role in a creative agreement between Creative Scotland and Education Scotland.
The partnership has outlined a refreshed action plan to embed creativity at the centre of Scottish education and adopt a collaborative culture to empower more learners to grow skills and confidence through creative activity.
With learners’ mental health and wellbeing a key priority of the action plan, the two bodies have also confirmed more than £80,000 Creative Wellbeing National Lottery Funding to school groups and creative partners to enable them to work together to find innovative solutions to increasing learner wellbeing.
As part of the agreement, trail blazing Starcatchers will work with Argyll and Bute primary schools and Gigha’s Coastal, Countryside and Community Nature Reserve to create change through engagement in intergenerational and inclusive arts practice.
Julie Wilson, head teacher at Gigha Primary School, said: ‘Our hope for this Creative Wellbeing project is that as children design, plan, organise and host their children’s festival, the formation of skills in creativity, resilience, self-efficacy and leadership enables their present and future wellbeing to be most powerfully in their own hands.’
Iain Munro, CEO of Creative Scotland, said: ‘Creative thinking and activities make an invaluable contribution to the health and wellbeing of children and young people – both physically and mentally.
‘Alongside social benefits and life skills, they can help children and young people deal with feelings of anxiety, isolation and stress, which is crucial during the ongoing pandemic.
‘Artists and creative practitioners offer unique skills in creative facilitation that can help shape conversations and deal with difficult situations, giving a central voice to children and young people.
‘Our partnership with Education Scotland reinforces the importance of the arts and creativity to the country’s future as we emerge through the pandemic.’
HM Chief Inspector and Chief Executive of Education Scotland, Gayle Gorman welcomed the new agreement and said: ‘Since 2015, our partnership with Creative Scotland has gone from strength to strength and I am delighted that we are now committed to working together for at least another three years.
‘Our shared vision – to ensure the system can enable everyone to recognise, develop and apply their creativity in an increasingly complex and fast-changing world – continues to gain pace and increase the amount of creative learning opportunities for children and young people in Scotland.
‘At present, creativity plays a key role across the education recovery agenda and it is so important that every child in Scotland gets the chance to find, use and develop their creativity through learning.
‘Working together, we are hopeful that more and more of our children and young people have inspired learning experiences that not only support their health and wellbeing but ensure they are empowered, creative and confident.’
You can never have too many Friends
The Kintyre Way has been popular during this staycation tourist season.
Being outdoors all day has been a real selling point and the weather this year could hardly have been better.
The route is now 100 miles long and provides real economic impact to Kintyre.
Maintaining this route is a challenge but achievable with folk looking over a small section.
A group of Friends along the route has been established so some parts have recently painted waymarks and are clear of overgrown hedges. Some Friends simply advise the organisers when bigger jobs are required.
Funding has largely come from the various wind farm trusts which have proved invaluable in keeping the route in good shape and the Friends group appreciates their support.
If you are interested in getting involved, either as a Friend or as a Trustee please email email@example.com and consider coming to the AGM on Thursday, November 25, 7pm at the Heritage Centre Hall.
Bingo boost for ‘Rural’ ladies
Members of Clachan SWI enjoyed a rousing bingo night, organised by Liz Ball, for their November meeting.
Each game had different challenges which kept the ladies on their toes all night.
There were plenty of prizes for the lucky winners and it was another evening of fun and laughter.
Members brought photographs of themselves as babies and the competition was to guess who they were.
Tea was provided by Glynis Lewin and Zoe Weir, and the raffle was drawn at the end of another good ‘Rural’ night.