A great Nativity
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.”