Bring your Grandparents to School Day

On Thursday 2nd April more than 20 older people came to school with their S1 relatives for "Bring your Grandparent to School” day. Although some were parents rather than grandparents they all joined in the events organised by the S5 Volunteer Champions and their S4 Values in Action teams.

After registration in the library the older people joined their relatives in their normal timetabled classes. On Thursdays this is Modern Languages and Social Subjects so these two departments welcomed their new pupils and gave them plenty to think about.  There was positive impact in both groups’ evaluations with the visitors enjoying the lively 21st century lessons and the teachers enjoying the added elements that intergenerational learning can provide.

Grandparents working in Modern Languages

During the interval the Community Befriending Group ensured everyone had refreshments utilising the skills they had honed at Mavis Bank Care Home's Community Cafe held on the last Thursday of the month.  They were entertained by the community musicians - an S1 band formed, rehearsed and led by two S4 pupils, Melissa Kerr and Katie Robinson, as part of their Values in Action course.

During periods 3 and 4 volunteers from the older people were asked to participate in the inter-house, intergenerational quiz organised by the S4 Community Quiz Team and supported by the Volunteer Champions.  The quiz teams included S1 and Senior pupils and "grandparents" and the four rounds of questions were interspersed with members of the S1 audience playing "joker cards" for their house by performing in a variety of ways.  The eventual winning house was Muir and all participants won an Easter egg and cup.  The S1 audience winner of the chocolate panda raffle was Alex Macmillan.  Many thanks to Marks and Spencer who kindly donated all prizes.

The audience at the quiz    Enjoying hospitality at the quiz

The Volunteer Champions asked the older people to evaluate their morning and were happy to see that it had been an overwhelming success. They will gain their Saltire Awards for volunteering at “Bishy does The Big Lunch” event on Sunday 7th June.