A school liaison officer from St Andrew’s Hospice visited Cathkin High School last week to accept a cheque for nearly £3000.
The cash was raised by pupils who are now in S2 when they climbed Tinto Hill, near Biggar, back in May.
This was not just a fun day out, as all the pupils had been preparing for the climb in class before they went.
Planning for the climb was an example of ‘Interdisciplinary Learning’ which is pivotal to the Curriculum for Excellence.
In Home Economics, they examined the balance of energy output in relation to high impact activities and, using their prior knowledge of the ‘ Eatwell Plate’, pupils designed a suitable lunch to take with them.
In geography, pupils looked at the importance of the countryside and how we want to retain the quality and beauty of the landscape for future generations. They were also given information about the ‘Countryside Code’ – what to do and what not to do.
In preparation for the trek they discussed appropriate clothing, footwear and food and also took part in a mapping exercise looking at Tinto Hill and the surrounding area.
In PE pupils learned about stamina levels and they all had their stamina measured by taking part in the ‘bleep test’.
They then discussed ways to improve their stamina.
In English, pupils created their own poem which detailed all of the ways in which they thought the world could be a better place.
They then selected one word to write on a pebble, which was then carried by them to the top of Tinto Hill and placed on the existing mound of stones as an expression of their hope for society.
The poems were both personal and empathetic and proved that many of the youngest pupils in the school have an awareness of their roles as good citizens in society.
There was genuine sympathy expressed for the unfortunate in society and many
Boost Cathkin High’s cheque for St Andrew’s Hospice