Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

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

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