Lollipop contest to cross over with CfE
This time last year, headteacher Moira Monaghan received a letter from her local MP, Douglas Alexander, encouraging her school to get involved in a Lollipop Person of the Year competition.
The MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South had written to all his local primaries, but at Bushes Primary, it led to a UK award for lollipop man John Foley, a new Curriculum for Excellence project and a pound;3,000 cheque for the school, which paid for a community garden.
Mr Foley was not just a friendly face at the school crossing, but part of the very fabric of the school and the community. So Mrs Monaghan got the whole school involved in the entry. She wrote to parents asking them to write about why Mr Foley was such a great lollipop person.
Bushes Primary has 350 pupils and 35 teaching and non-teaching staff. All became involved.
"Entering the Lollipop Person of the Year ticked so many boxes for us," says Mrs Monaghan. "It allowed us to explore issues like health and road safety. The children used expressive art, music, speech and writing to a degree that surprised and delighted the staff. In fact, it was exactly the sort of project that the new Curriculum for Excellence is all about."
Pupils made a "This is Your Life" book about why Mr Foley was their favourite lollipop person; they drew pictures, wrote poems and sent a DVD of an assembly they held for him, at which they performed two songs they had written about him.
Gordon Ross, PR and events manager for the organisers, Kwik Fit Insurance, said: "We couldn't believe the amount of work and creativity that had gone into it. The affection in which John is held by the children came through in everything they had done."
This year's competition opens to all UK primary schools on September 14.