Taylor High School hosted the Knights of St Columba’s Public Speaking Event in the School Learning and Resource Centre on Thursday 21 September.
Three schools took part in this highly entertaining event:
- Taylor High School
- St Aidan’s High School
- Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell
The topic was: Brexit – The Pros and Cons of leaving Europe from Young People’s Perspectives.
The students had obviously researched their subject thoroughly, the arguments were well structured and delivered. The audience and the judges had a very entertaining afternoon but unfortunately there could only be one winner and two runners-up.
St Aidan’s High School won the event and a number of the Knights came along to take part in the presentation. The winning team were presented with a lovely shield.
It was a pleasure to host this event in the Library. Next year St Aidan’s will have that privilege and we look forward to hearing the future topics selected and debated.
Cathy MacIntyre. Learning Resource Centre Manager. Taylor High School
Don’t forget your National Poetry Day postcards!
From the National Poetry Library
Thursday 2 October is the 20th annual National Poetry Day in Scotland. Central to the celebrations are the popular National Poetry Day Postcards, celebrating poetry in English, Scots and Gaelic.
The theme for 2014 is ‘Remember’, and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Library of Scotland, providing you not only with eight poetry postcards about remembering and remembrance and our usual teaching notes and posters, but also access to a range of unique online and workshop teaching resource about World War I from the National Library of Scotland’s collections.
This includes extensive printed and archive material relation to the Great War, including letters and diaries of Scots involved in the conflict, official publications and a stunning collection of photographs. Some of this material will also be highlighted in the National Library of Scotland’s major free exhibition Behind the Lines: personal stories from the First World War at George IV Bridge in Edinburgh from June to November 2014.
Please complete and return the order form sheet by Friday 29 August.
£13 per individual school order, even if you get the maximum order per individual school of 12 packs = 960 cards. This charge is towards the cost of distribution only; the cost of commissioning and producing these resources are subsidised by our funders and partners.
PRIMARY PACK: 20 x 4 cards suitable for younger readers, P3-7 and/or
SECONDARY PACK: 10 x 4 cards for younger readers + 10 x 4 cards for more advanced readers
For further details, please click here for the National Poetry Library website
Click here for previous examples of National Poetry Day activities from across North Lanarkshire.
Back in March, I e-mailed our newest English teacher to see if they would be interested in taking part in a library writing activity. They were extremely positive and suggested their S2 class take part in such a project. Great! An opportunity to work with our S2s.
Pupils were asked to write a letter discussing the places, people, pets, buildings, community or fun activities important to them, reminding them of ‘Home’. The class were also asked to write approximately 500 words. One pupil stated he wanted to keep writing, while others saw this as a challenge. However, our pupils have never been afraid of expressing themselves. Pupils choose to share various memories from their Gran’s house, to their own home or their favourite summer holiday. The class were also given the chance to elect a member of staff to write to.
Miss Murphy stated,
‘I was really pleased by the response of my S2 class, as they were all genuinely pleased to be selected for this trial project with the library. It was wonderful to see all the personalities in class come forward.
My class all worked well together, were very hard working and showed a united front when completing this activity. This project gave my pupils the confidence to discuss and write about a subject that is important to them.’
Orginally, I thought about putting the class pieces on the library wall. However, this idea was not as popular as I would have liked because of the subject matter. At first I was really disappointed but not accepting defeat, I began thinking about possible ways to promote the work this class had undertaken without embarrassing them. It would be a waste not to display at least some of our pupils’ fabulous achievements!
For help with this, I spoke to their teacher. She kindly asked the class who would be willing for their work to be displayed in the library and how they felt about being entered into the Scottish Book Trust’s national literacy competition for the rest of Scotland and the world to see.
The response was encouraging with four pupils coming forward to have their letters displayed in the library. I was really pleased that this would not be a wasted opportunity and would give our pupils the recognition for their work they deserved. Like previous personal writing activities I have co-ordinated, it was really lovely to read about what a special community we have here at Taylor.
One of our pupils stated,
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this project as it gave me a chance to share my memories with different people. I also enjoyed the fact that I had to write five hundred words. I believe that this project was a great success and I would love to do it again.”
Many thanks to Miss Murphy who took part in this project and to the S2 pupils who kindly permitted their work to be displayed and submitted to the SBT’s ‘Home project.
Do you ever wish you had just kept quiet in a meeting? I do – frequently! I’m just one of those people who, when there is an awkward silence after volunteers have been asked for, have to stand up and say “I’ll do it if no-one else wants to…….” and does anyone else ever want to? No!
Last year I did that very thing when our School Fund Committee was looking for a new treasurer. I was led to believe that it didn’t involve very much apart from around Activities Day at the end of May. “Oh!” I said – “well, that can be quite a quiet time for me with the change of timetable, etc. I suppose I could do it if no-one else wants to!”
Who were they kidding – all through the year there has been a plethora of different requests for funding, invoices to pay and records to be kept and come Activities Day!!! Did I forget the BOOKies & Catalyst Book Group Farewell parties, helping out at the Awards Ceremony rehearsals, proofreading the S6 yearbook, supervising new S6 study classes and last but not least, the packing up to move into our newly re-furbished school? Quiet time, who was I kidding???
Saying that I have actually enjoyed the experience of monitoring the School Funds, it has brought me into contact with a number of staff I wouldn’t normally see and brought a lot of them into the library which they normally wouldn’t visit. It’s also enabled me to feel a part of the wider school community.
Roll on next year – I wonder how long it will be before someone will want to take over from me?