Park View Pri­mary is go­ing for gold

School takes ac­tive role ... on and off the sports field

Rutherglen Reformer - - Cairns Primary - Liz Ley­don

When a pri­mary school which opened less than five years ago starts pick­ing up awards, then staff, pupils and the wider school com­mu­nity are clearly do­ing some­thing right.

Park View Pri­mary in Half­way won in two cat­e­gories at the re­cent Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Sports Coun­cil Awards. Not only was the school named sport­ing pri­mary school of the year, prin­ci­pal teacher Camp­bell McKis­sock was awarded vol­un­teer of the year.

This fol­lows a glow­ing re­port from Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Ed­u­ca­tion (HMIe) that high­lighted the school “very suc­cess­fully” in­volv­ing par­ents, chil­dren and part­ners in self-eval­u­a­tion and school im­prove­ment.

Head­teacher Maria Spiers is proud of the staff team­work that has cre­ated the ex­plo­sion of ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties at the school, and she spoke highly of Mr McKis­sock’s key role in that.

“I am de­lighted the ef­forts of staff and pupils have been recog­nised in this way. Camp­bell’s award is well de­served, we are very proud of him,” she said. “He has al­ways gone above and be­yond the call and led by ex­am­ple.

“Thanks to the ef­forts of Camp­bell and the rest of our staff we can pro­vide pupils with a wide range of sports, dance and other clubs.

“It is not just teach­ers who are in­volved, teach­ing as­sis­tants and our of­fice staff play a vi­tal role too.”

Both Mrs Spiers and Mr McKis­sock have been at the school since it opened in 2013, with a roll of 51 pupils, to al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on Hall­side Pri­mary.

The school roll is now 181 and staffing lev­els have grown with pupil num­bers.

Sport has been a key part of the school ethos since its foun­da­tion, with a wide va­ri­ety on of­fer in­clud­ing foot­ball, vol­ley­ball, netball, karate, swim­ming and golf.

Each teacher runs at least one ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar club, and many are in­volved in more than one. They have taken on the ad­di­tional hours vol­un­tar­ily as part of a col­le­giate agree­ment and play an ac­tive part in other ac­tiv­i­ties, such as a re­cent fundraiser for Marie Curie.

Mr McKis­sock, a sci­ence and sports specialist, said that there is a rel­a­tively even split be­tween boys and girls tak­ing part in the sports club and that through health and well-be­ing ed­u­ca­tion, kids know the pos­i­tive im­pact of stay­ing fit and healthy, and un­der­stand the need to bal­ance pos­i­tive ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, such as sports, with ben­e­fi­cial pas­sive ones like read­ing.

All pupils re­ceive three pe­ri­ods of PE a week, more than the rec­om­mended two hours, and young­sters are gen­er­ally very pos­i­tive about that,

Mr McKis­sock added: “When pupils re­alise they are go­ing to get gym that day, most get very ex­cited. There’s al­ways one or two less keen but we try to find out how to get them in­volved through the sports com­mit­tee. This is made up of kids who ask what sports their fel­low pupils would like to try.

“When ran­domly polled, I would say more than 90 per cent en­joy PE.”

Mrs Spiers con­firmed an­other re­cent well-re­ceived ac­tiv­ity has been dance.

A mem­ber of staff even in­tro­duced a lunchtime club to fin­ish pre­par­ing a group to per­form at Ruther­glen Town Hall.

Mr McKis­sock is very mod­est about his own con­tri­bu­tions, see­ing the ad­di­tional hours and ef­fort as “all part of the job” even though he al­ways goes the ex­tra mile and then some, ac­cord­ing to Mrs Spiers.

The sporty dad-of-two gave up three morn­ings a week for seven weeks to run Wake Up, Shake Up – an in­for­mal morn­ing club he in­tends to bring back.

He said: “It started last ses­sion. We would open the door of the gym hall 10 min­utes be­fore the morn­ing bell and I would do cir­cuits with the pupils.

“It proved pop­u­lar to get the kids mov­ing in the morn­ing but was im­pacted by the bad weather. I aim to start it again.”

Mrs Spiers spoke highly of the help from Stonelaw High in de­vel­op­ing the sports pro­gramme and on plan­ning and equip­ment. Mr McKis­sock also li­aises with the high school and is in­volved in the Ac­tive School pro­gramme and many tran­si­tion sports fes­ti­vals to help pupils in the area pre­pare for se­condary school.

All Park View staff have at­tended and en­joyed the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Sports Coun­cil Awards for the past two years. While the school may not have spe­cific plans to mark its fifth year but, hav­ing achieved the Sportscot­land school of sport sil­ver award last year, the school com­mu­nity now has it sights set on gold.

Tro­phy time Prin­ci­pal teacher Camp­bell McKis­sock with Park View pupils and the schools’ two Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Sports Coun­cil Awards

Fundrais­ers Pupils, par­ents and teach­ers are ac­tive in other ways too, such as at the Great Daf­fodil Ap­peal 2018 for Marie Curie

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