Kirkintilloch teacher and Milton of Campsie school up for ‘Oscar’

Fong Liu with Milngavie Choir
Fong Liu with Milngavie Choir

GREAT work at St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch and Craighead Primary has put East Dunbartonshire back at the centre of this year’s education ‘Oscars’.

The Scottish Education Awards 2012 finalists were recently announced with both schools receiving recognition.

Mandarin teacher Fong Liu at St Ninian’s High has been shortlisted for the Probationary Teacher Award.

While Craighead Primary School – in Milton of Campsie – is up for the Enterprise and Employability Across Learning Award (Primary and Early Years).

Miss Liu received her nomination for efforts to promote Mandarin at St Ninian’s High.

Aside from classes, the inspirational teacher also devotes her lunchtimes to teaching pupils and sharing part of her culture with them.

She has organised Chinese song and dance, S1 parents’ information evening, Chinese culture lunchtime club and a Chinese New Year show.

And the language tutor even coached a group of S1 to S6 students with no prior knowledge of Mandarin, to enact the play The Dragon’s Pearl, which won first prize in the Newcastle heat of the HSBC British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition - and this took them to the final at the British Museum.

Craighead Primary School is helping its pupils develop their future careers through a successful partnership with Lillyburn Care Home in Milton of Campsie.

Children from the nursery class visited Lillyburn to participate in craft and gardening activities with the residents.

The school has since built on this relationship over the past two years to help deliver the Skills for Life, Skills for Work programme and work experience for P4 to P7 pupils.

Pupils visit Lillyburn for a block of four Friday afternoons and participate in a range of activities including administration, kitchen duties, housekeeping tasks and working with residents.

The activities are carefully planned to enable the children to develop a range of skills in a real life work setting.

Gordon Currie, head of education for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “I was delighted to hear that we have two nominations going through to the final again this year.

“My congratulation to the finalists from East Dunbartonshire who thoroughly deserve this recognition for the excellent work they do.”

Miss Fong Liu and Craighead Primary will join finalists at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow on Tuesday, June 12 where judges will unveil the winners of each award category.

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