Today Arran High School have raised a total of £244.98 by wearing our Christmas Jumpers for Save the Children. Thank you to everyone who has donated.
Last Saturday, four girls from Arran High School made the journey from the island to Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, where they took part in ‘Sleep in the Park’. This event, organised by the homeless charity Social Bite, involved 8000 people sleeping out in the park in order to raise money and awareness for homeless people. All four girls – L Shankland, J Miller, R Janse Van Rensburg, and L Robertson – had to raise a minimum of £100.00 each in order to take part, and they returned to school this week to reflect on everything they had learned from this unique, revealing, and powerful experience.
On their journeys to and from the event, they were met with many people thanking them for what they were doing – both homeless people and commuters. The donations and support they have received will go towards Social Bite’s five year plan to tackle homelessness in Scotland – providing new homes and accommodation, a nationwide jobs program, and addiction rehabilitation services. The girls will all be continuing to support Social Bite, fundraising for them both in and out of school, and they are keen to encourage everyone to find out more – which you can do at www.sleepinthepark.co.uk and www.social-bite.co.uk. For the girls, this has been an incredible, eye-opening experience, and one which they hope will become a tradition for Arran High School pupils each year.
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Enactus is an international organisation that pairs entrepreneurship and philanthropy to develop sustainable and beneficial projects in communities.
Enactus has predominantly been for university students and business leaders to date but Glasgow Caledonian University contacted Arran High School and invited them to become a branch of their Enactus group and the first high school in the UK, and possibly the world, to be involved.
When the Glasgow Caledonian Enactus team came to the school the fifth and sixth years had a brain storming session with them and together we complied a large list of issues that we feel need addressed on Arran. The key priority we identified was to get young people and older people working together to challenge two issues that impact on both age groups: isolation and mental health.
Being new to the Enactus family we perhaps didn’t understand fully what Enactus entailed, but after attending the annual World Cup it couldn’t have been clearer…
Enactus is made up of 70,500+ students from 1,700+ universities in 36 countries. Each year they hold a World Cup, hosted all around the world, which 3,500 students, business, academic and government leaders attend. This year, for the first time, it was held in London and we were invited to attend by Glasgow Caledonian University advisors Alec Wersun and Karen Fryer as well as our Business Advisor (and one of the panel of judges) Jean McInnes.
The World Cup took place over 3 days with 36 Enactus teams from around the world presenting their projects to observers and judges and explaining the impact they have had on their community, the changes they have made and what they are going to do next.
After a series of engaging presentations the original 36 teams were filtered down to the final four.
The focus of the different teams were really diverse ranging from food security to sanitation to women’s empowerment and this gave us valuable insight to the problems that affect our world.
As young people we often have a need, a desire to change the world and help – this couldn’t be more apparent at Enactus. By attending the world cup we were able to really understand first-hand the incredible impact that these students are making around the world and the positive changes they are bringing to their communities. Their passion, dedication and enthusiasm was inspiring and definitely set the tone for our project. The atmosphere of the entire competition was amazing, the excitement, the need for change, the support everyone had for each other.
As new members to the Enactus family we hope Arran High School can create a lasting impact and tackle the issues we feel need addressed with the same success and achievement we saw at the world cup.
On Friday 22nd September we will be supporting Jeans for Genes Day. Students are encouraged to wear their Jeans for the Day for a donation towards this Charity. Donations will be calculated by School House and the house that has raised the most money will receive the most house points for their house.
On Thursday 14th September we will be holding a Show My Homework Drop In session for parents to see our new online tool for recording, tracking and monitoring homework within Arran High School. There will be opportunity for you to use and see how the application works. This session will take place in the High School at 4pm.
Last Wednesday saw us celebrate student achievements during the previous academic year at our Annual Award Ceremony.
The Dux this year was shared between A Provan and R Janse Vans Rensberg and the Margaret Wright Award for S4 was also shared between L Walsh and N Alberti.
Other special awards were presented throughout the evening along with many certificates for achievement in individual subjects.
Mr Barry Fisher (Director of Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scotland) and a former pupil of Arran High School delivered a speech about his time spent as a former pupil, his career progression and his love of outdoor activities.