Jotter - Our Lady, who art ...?

25th September 2009 at 01:00

With so many parents wanting to get their children into St Ninian's High, Giffnock, it's perhaps prophetic that four stalwarts of the now- closed St Louise's Primary failed to make it to St Ninian's when St Louise's closed at the end of the summer term - despite being guaranteed entry to the coveted secondary all without a placing request.

The four in question were statues, including a St Louise and an Our Lady, retired from active service at the closure of the primary. The heidie promised to place them in the safe and tender keeping of St Ninian's but, when staff went to collect them, it transpired that the Archdiocese of Glasgow had spirited them away to a destination unknown.

Primary-secondary transfer is indeed fraught with difficulty.

Judith, she say

To Stirling for the annual get-together of Selmas, whose acronym we always have to look up - the Scottish Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society.

It was worth a visit if only to find confirmation that rumours of the retirement of Sinophile Judith McClure are greatly exaggerated. The Selmas chair may have stepped down from her day job as head of St George's School for Girls in Edinburgh, but her boundless energy and enthusiasm are now fully at the disposal of, among others, Heriot Watt University and China.

Resplendent in her colourful best, she mused over our new curriculum: "I was trying to remember when I became confident; I think it was when I was 58."

To which a voice from the audience rejoined: "Judith, nobody who wears that colour jacket could lack confidence."

Back to the future

It was intriguing to see the Scottish Conservatives unfurl their new education campaign with the slogan "Raising the Standard". Was not this the title of the blueprint given to us by then Tory Scottish Secretary Michael Forsyth before the 1997 election? Verily, his ghost stalks the land.

What a banker

"Exploring the world and beyond" was a suitable theme for a man from Campbeltown to be pondering over at last week's national science conference in Edinburgh (p6). "I grew up in Campbeltown, a place some of you may have visited once but never twice," he mused. "The only thing I thought you could be was a teacher, a plumber, a doctor or a lawyer. I'm amazed people knew they could be things like a merchant banker."

Food for thought

Questioned on BBC's Good Morning Scotland last week on the Lib Dems' new campaign against obesity, their health spokesperson Ross Finnie said the figures unearthed on the costs of obesity "lent weight" to their campaign. Truly a political heavyweight.

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