A great Na­tiv­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

Last Wed­nes­day my wife and I had the great plea­sure of at­tend­ing the Na­tiv­ity play at Cairns Pri­mary School.

We ar­rived for the per­for­mance on a mis­er­able wet af­ter­noon and queued up with other par­ents, grand­par­ents and guardians for the much an­tic­i­pated play.

At the start, one of the teach­ers told us this was the chil­dren’s third per­for­mance and to ex­pect a treat.

We were not to be dis­ap­pointed. From the start to the fin­ish, the chil­dren gave a per­for­mance way be­yond their age. The bad weather was for­got­ten as we soaked up the at­mos­phere and re­learned the won­der­ful Christ­mas story as per­formed by the chil­dren.

The work the staff put into pro­duc­ing the show, the cloth­ing and teach­ing the chil­dren their lines was ev­i­dent to all and they should be very proud of them­selves and for what the chil­dren achieved.

Fi­nally to the chil­dren of pri­mary one and two, can I say thank you for putting on not one but three mem­o­rable per­for­mances.

Each and ev­ery one of you were stars. Dou­glas J Knape, Cam­bus­lang

James Kelly MSP for Ruther­glen should have shown a bit more dig­nity dur­ing his show­down with pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Tri­cia Mar­wick.

Nei­ther of them cov­ered them­selves in glory in the point of or­der dis­cus­sion over the Trade Union Bill, but Mr Kelly should have tried harder to ob­serve the pro­to­cols of the cham­ber. Anne McLaugh­lin, ad­dress sup­plied

The most right wing Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer in history, Ge­orge Os­borne, has al­lowed English coun­cils to make a small in­crease in coun­cil tax to pay for care ser­vices.

The SNP’s fi­nance min­is­ter, John Swin­ney is do­ing ev­ery­thing within his power to make sure cash-strapped Scot­tish coun­cils don’t adopt the same pol­icy. Mr Swin­ney’s stance ben­e­fits the wealth­i­est the most.

So, on this is­sue, are the SNP now to the right of the Con­ser­va­tive Party? A D Mof­fat, Ruther­glen at­tend this school and sit in class with them and praise them on how well they are do­ing.

How­ever, I can’t help but won­der why she is not us­ing this time to visit other schools in Glas­gow, namely Kirkriggs Pri­mary and Lin­burn Acad­emy - about whose fu­ture she will be help­ing make a very in­flu­en­tial de­ci­sion on soon.

There is cur­rently a pro­posal to re­lo­cate Lin­burn Acad­emy into Kirkriggs Pri­mary School and to re­lo­cate the pupils of Kirkriggs to To­ry­glen Pri­mary at a very high cost to the tax­payer.

This is be­cause Kirkriggs is not a suit­able site for Lin­burn and To­ry­glen is not suit­able for Kirkriggs; and both sites would need mas­sive up­grad­ing .

But I am sure she knows the de­tails of this as the op­po­si­tion to this move has been well pub­li­cised over the last few weeks.

My point is this. Would it not have been more pru­dent to use this al­lo­ca­tion of her time to visit th­ese two schools and speak to chil­dren and par­ents there to go over their con­cerns.

I find it very up­set­ting that this doesn’t seem to be where her pri­or­i­ties lie at this mo­ment in time.

There is a good chance chil­dren with very com­plex needs (some life-threat­en­ing) are faced with be­ing moved 8.5 miles away from a hos­pi­tal that is cur­rently within five min­utes.

And chil­dren who are at present thriv­ing in a build­ing that has just had £1.2mil­lion of tax­pay­ers’ money spent on it be­ing adapted to their spe­cific ed­u­ca­tional needs could be moved some­where out­with their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The new pro­posed lo­ca­tion is go­ing to re­strict their cur­rent curriculum and seg­re­gate them and de­prive them of the lo­cal in­clu­sion they cur­rently have.

I find it im­mensely dis­turb­ing that some­one in a po­si­tion of power like Bail­lie Cameron can be so dis­crim­i­na­tory in her views and that the fu­ture of our chil­dren is cur­rently in her hands.

The only pos­i­tive thing to come from this far­ci­cal in­ter­view she gave were the three very rel­e­vant quotes: “I am a great be­liever in choice”; “lo­cal chil­dren for lo­cal schools” and “I am de­ter­mined to make a case for our lo­cal schools to be amaz­ing.”

If she is as she quotes “a great be­liever in choice” she will know that no par­ent in­volved in the Lin­burn/ Kirkriggs re­lo­ca­tion is for this move and not one of us would choose it for our chil­dren.

If she be­lieves that it’s lo­cal chil­dren for lo­cal schools then she won’t agree with mov­ing the Lin­burn pupils 8.5 miles from their lo­cal com­mu­nity or tak­ing Kirkriggs pupils away from theirs and the lo­cal in­clu­sion they have built up through the years .

And in re­sponse to the third quote, well, if she took the time out from vis­it­ing the priv­i­leged schools with no is­sues that re­quire im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion and in­stead vis­ited Kirkriggs Pri­mary and Lin­burn Acad­emy she would see for her­self how amaz­ing th­ese schools are.

How­ever, de­spite my anger and dis­gust at this ar­ti­cle I am go­ing to give her the ben­e­fit of the doubt and lis­ten to what she is say­ing on this oc­ca­sion.

If she be­lieve in her own quotes then she will look at this pro­posal to re­lo­cate th­ese schools and throw it out al­to­gether – be­cause on top of ev­ery­thing else she would not want to be seen as a hyp­ocrite as well. Kerry Fer­rari, Chair­per­son, Kirkriggs Par­ent Coun­cil



Alex Mackie, of Ruther­glen, said:“I pre­fer Christ­mas to New Year now. I’ve got a grand­son who’s four and when you see it all through his eyes and how ex­cited he gets, then Christ­mas is a hap­pier time.”


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