Teachers and pupils can’t wait to swap North Glasgow for Namibia

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THE experience of a lifetime awaits four pupils and two staff members who are swapping North Glasgow for Namibia this week.

The intrepid team are heading out from St Roch’s Secondary in Royston to work in a school – St Kizito College – in Katima Mulilo in the north of the country.

The pupils – Cassie Johnston, Ainsley Evans, Toni McGuire and Alan Ross along with teachers Chris Sagan and Clare Gemmell – head out tomorrow (Thursday) for three weeks.

It is the culmination of partnership working between St Roch’s and St Kizito College. Last year the High Commissioner of Namibia visited the school and was extremely impressed with the pupils and the ethos. He has been keen to set up an exchange and for Scottish pupils to experience school life in Africa. It is clear this will be a valuable life experience for pupils and is a wonderful opportunity.

Pupils have been working hard fundraising for the trip and have been given lots of support from various organisations. A significant boost to their fundraising endeavours came from local charity Rosemount Development Trust, who donated a very generous £1,500 towards the expedition.

Representatives from Rosemount Development Trust visited the school last week to pass on the cheque (right, top).

Meanwhile, representatives from Rosemount also attended St Roch’s Secondary in order to meet the new S1 intake. Pupils from local primary schools spent two days in the school to prepare them for August. The pupils really enjoyed this experience – following a secondary timetable and meeting staff. The trust distributing a new pencil case and accessories to each pupil. This will help ensure they are prepared for August and proved to be a lovely way to end the two-day visit. Staff were very impressed with the primary pupils who were extremely keen and enthusiastic, and are clearly looking forward to starting St Roch’s Secondary in August.

The trust also handed over a cheque for £1,000 to support runners at St Roch’s (right).

In other news, four talented pupils took part in a Schools Engineering Challenge organised by BAE Systems. S2 pupils Kate Blair, Demilee Clancy, Yusuf Mohamed and Declan McGrory made their model boats in school and then went to Strathclyde University to test them in a number of challenges in the wave tank.

The pupils successfully made it through the heats to the final where they were unlucky to finish just outside the top three in fourth place.

Congratulations to all the pupils who took part and well done.

Well done also to Kieran and Declan McLean who have been winning table tennis awards. The brothers have proven to be formidable table tennis players and have been dominating local competitions. The boys practise at the lunchtime club each day in the assembly hall. Well done boys!

The St Roch’s S1 parents’ night (new S2 group) will take place tonight (Wednesday) from 5pm-7pm. There will be a raffle with a fabulous prize on offer of an overnight stay in Novotel Glasgow.

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