Thursday, 25 November 2010

A Right Blether!

Today was voting day at Glaitness School!

The meeting room was all set up as a polling station and each class took their votes along and posted them in the ballot boxes.

P7 pupils helped some of the younger ones to cast their votes.

This was part of the Right Blether campaign -  a national vote organised by Tam Baillie, our Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland and we were giving our views on what is important to us at home, in our school, our community and in Scotland.
Tam Baillie came along in person to see how our voting was going and he was able to answer our questions and tell us more about the campaign.

He told us how important it was that we use our votes and make our voices heard so that it helps people like him and politicians to know what needs to be changed.

He also took time to look at P7s Happy Birthday board which is celebrating 21 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
P7 have drawn some cartoons about superheroes who could help children and have made up some lovely recipes for improving children's lives. (some examples will be added here later)

We were very lucky to have Tam Baillie visit and it made the day more meaningful and special to us all.
The Pupil Council will count the votes and return the results to Tam's team. It will also published on this blog. 
Look out for it shortly!
You will find more information by following these links:
A Right Blether
Every child matters

A Recipe for a Real Childhood

A pinch of kindness
A spoonful of love
A sprinkle of friendliness
A drop of respect
1 litre of smiles
150grams of fun
A cupful of fairness
101 grams of education
A teaspoon of shelter
Half a cup of warmth
An armful of toys
A handful of care
A bucketful of happiness

Mixed together in a safe home and let it cook in a warm bed every night.

The Recipe for a Childhood

2 tablespoons of love.
1 spoonful of happiness.
1 litre of respect.
4 oz of kindness.
1 teaspoon of care.
A pinch of  family.
500g of life.
1 forkful of toys.
A pinch of fun.
A heap of clothing.
A truck load of freedom.
A dash of houses.
A splash of school.
A dod of safety.
1 sack of parents.
A pint of health.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Children in Need

Friday 19th was Children in Need day and we were busy doing our bit for the charity.
We paid 50p to dress up in spots and sold some Pudsey goods at playtime. The tattoos and stickers were very popular. We sold all our bandanas and badges too.
A cuddly Pudsey and Blush were raffled with the lucky winners being Ross from p4 and William in p3.

All P1 pupils had a busy afternoon creating lovely pictures of Pudsey and Blush from buckets of loose change that they had collected around the school.
When all the generous donations were added together we had a total of £606.53!
A magnificent total - a huge thank you to everyone who contributed.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Anti Bullying week

"Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names. No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don't have to put up with it, you can talk to someone about it."
from Childline

for more information click
Childline bullying

Bullying is an issue we need to talk about as it can affect all of us from time time. We are all responsible for looking after each other and making sure no one is being a victim of bullying.
15th - 19th November is National Anti Bullying week so Ms Dennison talked to us about it at assembly.
She showed us a video story about bullying which was made by p6. You can watch it here.

Other useful links on bullying:
Bullying UK Junior
Stop That! - a song about name calling
Hero in the Hallway - pupils taking action against bullying behaviour.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Alistair Carmichael Award Presentation

Today we got an exciting visitor called Alistair Carmichael, who is our local MP. He came in to present us with our Full International School award, which we got by linking with schools around the globe. It was a real privilege to have him come to our school.
Glaitness School works with partner schools in Trinidad, Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, India and Bangladesh.
You can read all about our International activities on our blog by following the link below

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

A RIGHT blether - voting coming soon!

What's important to you? We want to find out! Take part in the RIGHT blether vote, especially for young people under the age of 18. This is a national vote organised by Tam Baillie, our Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland.

Glaitness School will become a polling station and you will be able to cast your vote in the ballot box. We want to take forward your views and participate in this important consultation.
So What's important to you? At home, at school, in the local community and for Scotland?
Vote and you can make a difference!