WORK­ING FOR YOU School events were a class act

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Intimations -

As read­ers of this col­umn will be aware, I al­ways en­joy at­tend­ing events where our young peo­ple are in­volved, no mat­ter if it is in the Civic Cen­tre, Royal Con­cert Hall, or at our lo­cal schools; and I am al­ways dis­ap­pointed when, be­cause of other com­mit­ments, I can­not attend.

Re­cently how­ever, I was de­lighted to attend two lo­cal events.

The first was the Toll­brae Pri­mary School sum­mer show where, for an hour, we were treated to tal­ented young­sters show­ing off their dance moves ac­com­pa­nied by pop­u­lar songs from the past.

It was done class by class and I can’t pos­si­bly say who the best was as my grand­daugh­ter at­tends the school.

I would like to pass on my thanks to the staff and pupils for putting on a great show.

Later on in the week, I ac­cepted a kind in­vi­ta­tion to attend the St Ed­ward’s Pri­mary leavers’ Mass.

It was a beau­ti­ful ser­vice with lovely mu­sic and the chil­dren were ex­cel­lent.

Sadly I couldn’t attend the pre­sen­ta­tion back at the school, as I had to head back to the Civic Cen­tre for a coun­cil meet­ing.

I would like to wish pupils and staff at all of our schools a great sum­mer hol­i­day, and all of our de­part­ing Pri­mary Seven young­sters all the best as they move on to pas­tures new.

Dur­ing the coun­cil meet­ing, there was a mo­tion moved by Labour wel­com­ing the year of progress by the coun­cil since the lo­cal elec­tions last year.

The progress re­ferred to ini­tia­tives such as Club 365, break­fast clubs in ev­ery pri­mary school, free san­i­tary prod­ucts in ev­ery sec­ondary school and the am­bi­tious homes plus Schools and Cen­tres 21 pro­grammes.

A great num­ber of these are well funded by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and fully sup­ported by the SNP group.

In the case of Club 365, if it hadn’t been for the SNP group it may not be in ex­is­tence as the Tories voted against.

There’s also been £8 mil­lion of pupil eq­uity fund­ing been made avail­able, and £7.4 mil­lion to the Scot­tish At­tain­ment fund.

The fund­ing streams I have men­tioned, and oth­ers from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, have gone to North La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Why do I men­tion this? Be­cause when I look at the Labour coun­cil mo­tion there is no men­tion of this fi­nan­cial sup­port.

All they want to do is at­tack the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment for cuts, even af­ter a real-term in­crease in the rev­enue bud­get this year.

We will, as a group, con­tinue to sup­port the good ini­tia­tives from the coun­cil, such as the ones I men­tioned ear­lier in this col­umn.

But we will also op­pose when mis­takes are made by the lo­cal au­thor­ity, as they were with the bins fi­asco.

I would like to wish all of our de­part­ing Pri­mary Seven young­sters all the best as they move on to pas­tures new

Change on the menu Cllr Stocks has claimed the Club 365 pro­gramme, be­ing launched here by Coun­cil­lor Frank McNally, con­vener of ed­u­ca­tion, “may not be in ex­is­tence” if not for the North La­nark­shire SNP group as “the Tories voted against”

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