ROSSIE Young Peoples Trust and Southesk Primary School have joined forces to plan a Curriculum for Excellence Partnership arrangement to enhance the learning experiences and opportunities for children and young people at both centres.
Young people at Rossie have fully embraced the partnership arrangement and are expected to benefit from a new set of skills including entrepreneurialism, enterprise and the development of employability.
Young people and staff at Rossie have been planning initiatives and imaginative projects which will enhance learning experiences in the primary school.
The Southesk eco-committee of pupils from nursery to P7, along with the rest of the school, has been working successfully on developing Southesk as an eco-school.
Southesk has already gained both bronze and silver eco awards and have been looking towards gaining a Green Flag.
The partnership with Rossie School should build on and push forward some of the ideas the pupils have had.
By working in an enterprising way and fully involving all pupils in the initiatives the partnership has encouraged an enthusiastic participation in a wide range of eco-projects and activities for the pupils at Southesk.
It is thought that the Southesk playground and wooded area will become creative classrooms which will further promote opportunities for attainment of Curriculum for Excellence key capacities - responsible citizens, effective contributors, successful learners and confident individuals.
Currently young people at Rossie are working to produce bird houses, garden benches, picnic tables, a healthy living garden and a learning train. They are also planning a road safety learning resource to teach younger children about road safety awareness.
Mrs Pamela Walker, headteacher at Southesk, together with Mr Alexander, principal of Rossie School, is keen to establish a fund-raising committee in order to finance materials for this project.
Fund-raising ideas include a ceilidh dance, tombola and raffles together with sponsorship from local businesses.
Mr Paul Gray, head of education at Rossie, suggests that this partnership arrangement will give teachers from both schools professional development opportunities in areas of planning, delivery and collaboration.
By way of launching this project and cementing the partnership arrangement, Rossie will present Southesk with a musical package (SKOOG) that they won at the Scottish Learning and Teaching Festival.
This instrument is designed to assist in the development of musical expression and communication skills for the very young and for children with moderate learning difficulties.