ARGYLL SCHOOLS ARE THE PRIZE GUYS

Hermitage Primary takes second place in national Euroquiz final

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The Holyrood parliament building where the quiz took place.

By Aileen MacLennan

A talented team of pupils from Hermitage Primary School in Helensburgh took second place in the Scottish European Educational Trust’s National Euroquiz Final of 2019.

The event was held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament and saw the Hermitage youngsters battle it out against St Mary’s Primary School of Duntocher in what was a nail biting final round. Hermitage fought hard but were pipped to the winning post by St Mary’s.

Euroquiz is run by the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET), a non-political charity which works to promote language learning, skills development and education about Europe and the wider world to young people across Scotland.

The project sees events take place locally at first, with every local authority hosting their own heat before progressing to the national final.

More than 470 schools from across Scotland took part in the heats from January to March this year – more than 2,300 pupils in total.

The winning teams from each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas then travelled from far and wide to attend the national final at the Scottish Parliament, all eager to demonstrate their knowledge and learning.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor, Yvonne McNeilly, said: “What an amazing achievement for Hermitage – our young people never cease to amaze me.

“This competition is a great opportunity for pupils to widen their knowledge about our European neighbours and provides a valuable framework for learning, reaching beyond school to the wider world.

“The Euroquiz is no easy task. To even reach the finals is a huge feat, never mind winning second place. Everyone at Hermitage Primary should be very, very proud of themselves.”

Top marks for Kilcreggan Pre-5 Unit

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Cllr Yvonne McNeilly, Policy Lead for Education, Argyll and Bute Council.

Kilcreggan Primary School’s Pre-5 Unit has received a glowing report from the Care Inspectorate, having been graded as ‘good’ in every category, writes Aileen MacLennan.

Inspectors found that staff were welcoming, kind and caring, and took time to listen to the children. Open-ended questions were used to encourage pupils to problem solve, and Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PAThS) were in place to empower children to make positive choices through social and emotional learning.

The Pre-5 Unit is based in newly refurbished accommodation within the school, which means children have direct access to the outdoor play area. Inspectors described the learning area as bright and welcoming, and praised staff for their work in developing the outdoor learning area.

Children were observed making independent choices of where they wanted to play outside and lead their own learning.

Inspectors found that staff were skilled at knowing when to intervene in children’s play and learning and when to stand back, encouraging children to create their own solutions. This resulted in children becoming confident learners.

Staff were described as enthusiastic, committed and motivated to provide positive outcomes for children, and worked well as a team. The head teacher was also praised for working hard to develop and move the service forward, and had a clear focus and vision for the development of the unit.

Overall, inspectors found that children were being given very good opportunities to grow and develop and be active and independent in their play and learning.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “It’s clear from the report that staff are continuing to move forward together as a confident, able and effective team, building on their good practice to achieve the best outcomes for our children and their families.

“We want the very best start for all our young people so it’s very encouraging to see that Kilcreggan is working hard to provide consistently high standards of care. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

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