16th June 2011

Glasgow Primary Lifts Scotch Beef Health and Wellbeing Award

A Glasgow primary school has this week received a top national award for its “life-changing” health and wellbeing initiatives.

Alexandra Parade Primary School pupils were presented with the award, sponsored by Scotch Beef, at the Scottish Education Awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Jackie Bird.

Among the initiatives the school has undertaken which caught the eye of the judges was a “bounceback committee” of primary seven pupils which was set up to evaluate teaching and learning across health and wellbeing.

 Describing the Health and Wellbeing curriculum as “having a life-changing impact on children, particularly in terms of mental and emotional wellbeing” the judges, including a Quality Meat Scotland health and education representative, were also impressed by the involvement of the wider community.

A Booze Busters project at the school provides workshops for upper school children to examine alcohol issues and the PACE theatre company works with pupils to reinforce the dangers of tobacco.

The health and wellbeing award was one of three won by the school at this week’s ceremony. They also scooped the “Aiming High Award” and head teacher, Linsey Hay, lifted the “Head Teacher of the Year Award.”

Presenting the award, Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland, congratulated the pupils and the school for their health and wellbeing initiatives.

“Quality Meat Scotland undertakes a range of school activities throughout the year to encourage children to enjoy a healthy diet and lifestyle and we are delighted to support the Scottish Education Awards.

“Our sincere congratulations go to the pupils and staff of Alexandra Parade Primary School for their impressive programme of activity to promote health and wellbeing,” said Mr McLaren.

He also congratulated the two other finalist schools – Keills Primary School in Islay and Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton.

Caption: Jim McLaren, Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland, pictured with pupils from Alexandra Parade Primary School in Glasgow, winners of the “Health and Wellbeing” award.

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