Pupils back the food­bank

Wishaw Press - - COLTNESS HIGH -

The Colt­ness High pupil coun­cil was ex­cep­tion­ally busy be­fore the Oc­to­ber break, or­gan­is­ing a col­lec­tion for Ba­sics Food Bank.

Con­tri­bu­tions amounted to a stag­ger­ing 2000 items of food which will be dis­trib­uted to help lo­cal fam­i­lies.

The com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the Houses was very close with Skye House just win­ning by a count of two more tins of food.

The theme of this year’s Na­tional Po­etry Day was ‘Changes’ and the school cel­e­brated by hav­ing a po­etry com­pe­ti­tion for S1 pupils.

All the po­ems are dis­played in the li­brary and the win­ning po­ems will be sent off to the Scot­tish Po­etry Li­brary in Ed­in­burgh.

Colt­ness High pupils vis­ited the STEM driven “Big Bang” event, or­ga­nized by DYW La­nark­shire.

The pupils took part in ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day in­clud­ing Vex robotics, where they were asked to use ro­bots to move ob­jects around a ring, com­pet­ing against each other against the clock.

Cy­ber se­cu­rity was also on the itin­er­ary with pupils be­ing asked to crack codes, with lev­els in­creas­ing in dif­fi­culty. They also did some food test­ing in­clud­ing learn­ing about molec­u­lar gastronomy and the chem­istry in­volved in pro­duc­ing dif­fer­ent fruit and milk and choco­late prod­ucts as well as hav­ing a chance to taste the end prod­ucts.

Pupils were in­volved in song writ­ing and had the op­por­tu­nity to hear the col­lege stu­dents per­form a song they had al­ready pre­pared from a task set in the morn­ing.

They also had a chance to meet lo­cal em­ploy­ers who set up chal­lenges to test dif­fer­ent skills and give them an idea of op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in var­i­ous sec­tors in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing, the mil­i­tary, food pro­duc­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity and NLC among oth­ers.

The pupils en­joyed tak­ing part in all ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day, work­ing in small groups to com­plete six dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties each and meet­ing with pupils from other North La­nark­shire schools in the process.

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