East Kilbride News

Pupils praised for inclusivit­y

Calderglen recognised by project

- NICOLA FINDLAY

An East Kilbride high school has been given a prestigiou­s award for its efforts to bring generation­s together.

Calderglen High was delighted t o hav e b e e n awa r d e d t h e Most Improved Project 2020 by the organisati­on Generation­s Working Together.

They were meant to receive the accolade for their befriender­s project earlier this year but it was delayed due to lockdown.

The Award recognises t he school’s outstandin­g contributi­on to intergener­ational work through Vibrant Communitie­s.

The scheme sees a senior pupil paired with older members of the c ommunity t o provi de a hel pi ng hand or just to spend time in their company.

It was f ounded 10 years ago by stalwart Avril Anderson and with the support of the school community has gone from strength to strength.

Head teacher at Calderglen, Liz White, said: “This recognitio­n is most welcome as our S6 pupils continue to invest their time and their skills to make a difference to senior members of their local community.

“All young people involved in the project as befriender­s, together with those they befriend, all benefit equally as stereotype­s are challenged and intergener­ational barriers removed.

“Furthermor­e, the tangible bond t h a t i s f o r me d b e t w e e n y o u n g people and those they visit is quite exceptiona­l and all ows skill s and abilities to be truly developed, as well as the mutual benefits of learning and chatting together.”

D e p u t y h e a d t e a c h e r, F i o n a Murphy, added: “We have continued to develop and extend the project and this award is testament to how well we have done this.

“Avril Anderson has been pivotal in the success of this project over the last decade.

“As a highly valued partner of the school Avril ensures this opportunit­y f o r p e r s o n a l d e v e l o p me n t a n d community transforma­tion is offered year on year and remains a highly successful community partnershi­p.

“The school and all its befriender­s over the years pay tribute to Avril for her tireless energy and dedication to this most worthwhile project.”

Senior pupil, Ellie Stewart, said: “The befriendin­g project allowed me t o create a s pecial bond with my paired elder, a relationsh­ip I will cherish and remember forever.

“I t o f f e r e d me a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o l earn while making a personal connection as they loved to talk about their life and what made them at their happiest.”

Wh i l e L a u r e n T h o ms o n s a i d befriendin­g has given her a “different perspectiv­e on life” and that she has learned a lot from the 92-year-old resident she befriended.

And Katie Kerr added: “Volunteeri­ng has taught me many things and it is a very enjoyable and

This award acknowledg­es how we have developed the project...

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Congratula­tions Bella Kerr presents a certificat­e to Ellie Stewart, her classmates and teachers. Below, the befriender­s

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