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Published 11 June 2018

Educational establishments showcased their outstanding projects at this year’s Amazing Things awards.

West Dunbartonshire schools and early learning centres gathered at Clydebank Town Hall to display their work at the annual event which recognises exceptional work and achievement in education.
Proud pupils from Clydebank High School were announced winners of the secondary school category and overall winners for raising awareness fo mental health. A group of senior pupils took part in a Youth Panel as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. Pupils participated in a variety of training workshops, with experienced professionals from the arts, media and mental health industry. Along with raising awareness of mental health, the pupils also organised and ran an event in school to highlight the effects of mental health and challenge preconceived ideas. During the event guests heard a moving poem by one pupil on the effects of mental health.

Brucehill Early Learning and Childcare Centre picked up first in the early years category for their interaction bags which promotes parental engagement and raises attainment in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing at home. Each of the bags are fully resourced for parents and carers and include a story book and teddy plus a range of homemade resources including story spoons. The bags also have three separate activities which link to the three key areas of the curriculum.

Bonhill Primary School won the primary schools category for their digital learning project. Children at the school have 1:1 access to Chromebooks which has greatly enhanced the learning experience and allowed pupils be more creative with their work. The project has also benefited staff who have also increased their technology, skills and confidence with digital technology.

Our Holy Redeemer Primary School in Clydebank received the parental and family engagement award for their Families and School Together project. The aim of the project was to engage parents and carers in the school community and this was achieved by creating a family learning hub where a number of family projects are run to encourage parents to play an active part in their child’s education.

Goldenhill Primary picked up the People’s Choice award for their animal lab. The primary impressed their peers with their established animal lab with live creatures from different animal groups. The school which has a selection of animals including a snake, tarantula, guinea pigs, hamster, hissing cockroaches, giant millipede, giant African snails and a scorpion. The lab is used to support the delivery of the curriculum for Excellence science curriculum by using real creatures to bring learning about life processes alive.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “I was very impressed with the standard of projects on display. We know there’s fantastic work being carried out in our schools and it was great to see the proud children and hear their inspiring stories behind their projects. It was really impressive to see how committed our young people are. Their drive, enthusiasm and confidence to openly talk about their projects and detail the planning was very inspiring. I would like to congratulate all our young people who have worked so hard, you are all winners in my eyes.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Depute Convener, said: “We know our establishments and our young people, supported with our dedicated staff, deliver innovative and outstanding work which we are all very proud of. This event is an ideal opportunity to showcase the excellent projects and also a great way for our young people to see their hard work on display.”