Pupils join forces to stamp out sec­tar­i­an­ism

Break­ing down re­li­gious bar­ri­ers

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Chil­dren at two Cam­bus­lang pri­mary schools were on song last week to end the scourge of sec­tar­i­an­ism.

For the past few weeks, pri­mary seven pupils at Cairns and St Cadoc’s have taken part in a joint ini­tia­tive that has bro­ken down bar­ri­ers and helped cre­ate gen­uine friend­ships.

They recorded their song, Stamp It Out, last Thurs­day, fo­cussing on on­line bul­ly­ing and other is­sues re­lat­ing to bigotry.

The schools have been work­ing closely to­gether on the project.

As well as both Old Firm clubs go­ing along with their club mas­cots, they sent coaches who helped de­velop the young­sters’ foot­ball skills, but the em­pha­sis was on work­ing to­gether re­gard­less of what foot­ball club they might sup­port.

Nil by Mouth have been in­volved with David Scott giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion.

Teach­ers An­gela Bott at St Cadoc’s, and Gayle Guthrie at Cairns ar­ranged the six- week project. The chil­dren have stud­ied the book, Di­vided City, by Theresa Breslin.

The pupils are now hop­ing to put on a pre­sen­ta­tion for their par­ents show­ing what they had learned, with this tak­ing place at at Cairns Pri­mary next Fri­day, May 15.

Mrs Guthrie said: “You re­ally want to get the par­ents in, that’s where a lot of the prob­lems start.

“Kids fol­low their par­ents’ be­liefs so it’s as much about chang­ing their mind­set as it is the kids’ mind­set.”

She added: “It has been a re­ally great project.

“The chil­dren have re­ally re­sponded well.

“We had trips to Ibrox and Park­head and you could see the re­spect was there, no mat­ter what team they sup­ported.

“We had quite a mix but they’re all friends at the end of the day.

“I was watch­ing some of them who I thought might have played up, maybe say­ing they weren’t touch­ing some­thing be­cause it was from the other side, but there was none of that.”

Stamp It Out Chil­dren from St Cadoc’s and Cairns Pri­mary Schools, record­ing their anti-sec­tar­ian and anti-bul­ly­ing song Stamp It Out

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