And there is plenty of it to be found in schools and colleges around Scotland. Here is the second of what we intend to be a regular round-up of good news as educators contend with the challenges of Covid-19 – enjoy.
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Last week, we highlighted schools that were turning classroom equipment into production lines for equipment to be used by key workers in the response to the coronavirus. This week came evidence those efforts were paying off, with health and care workers requesting and receiving equipment created by schools.
Great feedback from frontline staff at @strathcarron1 where we delivered 50 visors along with Randolph Hill Nursing home having in Dunblane having 30 delivered by @Dollar_Academy #CancerAwareness #schoolfamily #partnerships #FrontlineWorkers #FrontLineHeroes 💕🤗 pic.twitter.com/HrkYdrOYqy— MMcAinshArt&Design (@LHSArtandDesign) April 2, 2020
While craft, design and technology departments were busy producing PPE, we also saw this week that home economics teachers could contribute in a big way, for example by making masks.
A massive thank you to former pupil Jennifer Purdie, who is training to be Home Economics teacher. She used her skills to make masks for the staff volunteers. #community #kind #thoughtful @dunoongrammar1 pic.twitter.com/TT73FXt3J7— David Mitchell (@DGSHeadteacher) March 31, 2020
On Thursday night, it was the second national Clap For Our Carers celebration. This time, there was a simultaneous call to "pipe up for key workers" – and a number of staff and students from Scottish schools took up the challenge to give their bagpipes a good workout.
At 8pm tonight The Rector, Mr Ross, led the #teamBeath tributes to @NHSuk staff and all keyworkers.— Beath High School (@Beath_HS) April 2, 2020
🤍💙👏🏻👏🏻 🎵 🎶💙🤍#clapforkeyworkers #ClapForCarers #ClapForTheNHS #pipeupforkeyworkers pic.twitter.com/JF8eMvEE9F
Dunbar Grammar in East Lothian also said thank you for the music when its Battle of the Bands went ahead on Tuesday night, as scheduled. Staff and students shared performances from their bedrooms and living rooms, gathered together with the hashtag #DGSBattleOfTheBands.
Dance is one of those subjects that would seem particularly hard to teach remotely, but students at Glasgow Clyde College have provided an inspiring example of just what can be done – even if your front room doesn't have quite as much space as the studio you're used to.
Children are going on bear hunts across the world just now, and some schools have got into the spirit in a big way – with teachers even sharing evidence of ursine invaders in their gardens...
A message from all the staff to all of you...we miss you. 💚 https://t.co/2hVQ0VwXrl #StaySafeStayHome #AllInThisTogether @nlcpeople @NLCLearningHub @PedagogyTeamNLC @DB_AKODS @rcmotherwell @motherwellre @StAndrewsHS @piersmorgan @Schofe @GMB @thismorning @ElaineJ74359987— St Patrick's Primary & Nursery, Coatbridge (@StPatricksPS) March 29, 2020
The impact of the lockdown on students with additional support needs has been a particular concern, so it has been heartening to see schools doing their utmost to provide continuity of care and learning.
The lockdown and school closures have unleashed a wave of creativity, including this impressive take on CBeebies' bedtime stories:
Here’s Bjorn in S1 with an utterly sensational bedtime story for you all. Get your jammies on, plump up your pillows, and enjoy:https://t.co/E5w3IgmLy1— English Department @ Fernhill School (@EnglishFernhill) April 2, 2020
Healthy competitive spirit between teachers and students has also been evident, with all sorts of imaginative challenges being taken on – and different schools laying down the gauntlet to each other.
Dundee and Angus College ingeniously altered its logo to underline the importance of social distancing, while an Inverclyde primary school, which has been turned into a hub for key workers' children, has been getting the idea across in a different way – with penguins.
Our logo is now social distancing ♥ pic.twitter.com/p63b0ViLis— Dundee&Angus College (@dundee_angus) April 3, 2020
'The children making social distancing "fun"' https://t.co/iWaEqtX2YE @MoorfootPr @inverclyde @MichaelInverHOE @Emma_Seith @TesScotland @tes #socialdistancing #SocialDistancingNow #CoronavirusScotland #penguins 🐧 🐧— Henry Hepburn (@Henry_Hepburn) April 3, 2020
One big concern about the enforced closures of schools and colleges has been that some students will struggle simply because they cannot call upon the resources that many of their peers have to hand. West Lothian College did something about that by repurposing nearly 100 college laptops for students who don't have a computer at home.
‘College IT staff repurposed nearly 100 college laptops and distributed them to students who don’t have a computer at home’ @JBelgutay @CollegesScot @ColDevNet @ScotFundCouncil @KarenVWatt @AConstanceSNP @NeilFindlay_MSP @FionaHyslop https://t.co/RPvcX26bnH— Jackie Galbraith (@JackieGalbraith) March 31, 2020
There are also plenty of signs of a culinary revolution in homes around Scotland, with pupils being encouraged to try all sorts of new recipes and techniques, and even thinking about compiling the results into cookbooks.
We are proud to launch the Waid Community Cooks Competition. Information can be found here. We look forward to seeing all your recipe concoctions. These will be collated into a school cookbook. https://t.co/KwL5okoyVl— 🌐Waid on the Web🌐 (@WaidAcademy) March 30, 2020
Many thanks and good cooking
Mr S Duncan
Soooo many beautiful cakes made over the weekend! 🍰🍰🍰 Here is another delicious one made by Natalia in S3! I can’t wait to try everyone’s baking once we’re back at school! Well done everyone! #topbaking #CCHSstars 🧁🧁🧁💙💛💙💛💙💛 https://t.co/LGZhwr9kyB pic.twitter.com/oCJrLaPFEn— Shelley McLaren (@HTCraigroyston) March 30, 2020
Meanwhile, one FE lecturer has taken up an epic challenge by seemingly addressing all the challenges that coronavirus has put in the way of education – in song. Siobhan Argyle, of New College Lanarkshire, is writing and performing a song a day (taking on titles requested by Twitter followers) on all things Covid-19, from social distancing to when Zoom meetings go (badly) wrong. The most-viewed song – Scaring Away the Sabre Tooth Tiger – is for people who are finding the current situation all a bit too much.
Daily Song day 7— Siobhan Argyle (@ShivieSmith) March 29, 2020
This one is a special request from @suzannezeedyk & it's called Scaring Away the Sabre Tooth Tiger
Hopefully it will remind us all to laugh a little, love a lot & stay connected @paulinescott222 @healingcentred @KeeganSmith_Law @AlexJODonnell @kimmcguigan2 pic.twitter.com/ldgfY1cT04
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