KINLOCHLEVEN High School celebrated its first happiness day by cutting the ribbon on a new chat room.
Originally a store cupboard, the room was turned into a comfortable place to talk to a mental health first aider, mentor or counsellor by pupils at the school.
The Kinlochleven chat room was officially opened by Alyson Smith from Lochaber Hope, who said the room is ‘super’.
Cutting the ribbon, Ms Smith said: ‘ You should be so proud. What breakthrough work you are doing – you are absolutely creating the right environment for young people.’
Head teacher Rebecca Machin said: ‘We wanted to ensure that we not only included pupil voice but also ensured that the concepts of inclusion, acceptance and the removal of stigma permeated every aspect of our school, its curriculum and its ethos. By involving our pupils so directly in its development, we hope we have achieved that.’
Since 2013 the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness and this year the school decided to get involved.
Mrs Machin explained: ‘Action for happiness is a movement of people from all walks of life who are taking steps in their per- sonal lives, communities, work places and schools to help create a happier and more caring society. We invited our new S1 to take part as we thought this would make a lovely first day at Kinlochleven High School for them.’
The pupils made a tree of life with each child creating a message of gratitude attached to it, took part in a drama workshop and baked in aid of the Breast Cancer Care afternoon tea campaign, which raised more than £75.
THE world’s largest indoor ice- climbing centre is inviting weekend warriors to experience the thrill of ice and rock climbing as part of its annual open day.
On Saturday June 24, the £ 3.6 million centre will be hosting fun and family-focused activates to raise money for charity.
And this year organisers have said Down’s Syndrome Scotland is among the charities set to benefit from the day.
Tracey Smith, operations director at Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, said: ‘The Ice Factor open day is a fun and community-spirited event that aims to encourage young and old alike to get active and experience all that our award-winning facility has to offer.
Call 01855 831100 or go to www.ice-factor.co.uk.
Holly Baldwin, Alyson Smith from Lochaber Hope, and Alex Stuart in the new chat room.
Joe Saunders, right, with participants on the ice wall.