S3 challenge week 2016

S3 pupils enjoyed a very successful community challenge week which saw them visit a number of charity-run groups to offer support in a variety of ways.

Whether it was to contribute to the general running of each centre or to interact with people who use the centres, the pupils accepted the challenge and excelled in their roles. They learnt why the centres were set up and the difference these charities make to many lives.

Groups visited the Nan Mackay Hall in Pollokshields where the pupils helped with the variety of social and educational classes which are run for the local community, the Action For Children centre in Eastwood where the pupils created artwork, painted decking and fencing, cleared weeds and generally tidied up the garden area and St Rollox church where pupils helped with the running of the shop and café for refugees who use the centre on a daily basis.

A number of students, armed with litter-pickers, travelled further afield to Troon and Barassie beach – the clear-up came just in time for the holiday weekend when hundreds of people flocked to the seaside.

The Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association in Battlefield and Shettleston also invited some pupils to help hand out lunches, teas and coffees, create artwork and converse with the members. Some groups played games and participated in singing with the elderly as well.

Also to give the pupils a sense of the great outdoors, a two day trip to Dounans Outdoor Centre in Aberfoyle was organised. Half the year group visited Dounans on the Monday and Tuesday and the remainder visited on the Wednesday and Thursday of the week.

Mr Auld, Mr McMullan, Mr Boswell and Mrs Liddell also organised and led a Sports Leadership programme for our pupils which took place at Auldhouse. Throughout the week the pupils learned sports skills, coaching skills and leadership skills so they can apply these in different sporting situations in the future.

The community challenge week was very successful and the charities commented on how helpful the pupils had been.

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