No a Gordon for me

11th April 2008 at 01:00
St Timothy's Primary in Glasgow, which carried off six of the best ("excellent" scores, in other words) in the HMIE top schools competition, was given the inevitable fulsome praise by the city council's education supremo Gordon Mathieson.

But the good baillie didn't endear himself to neighbouring East Renfrewshire when he told the local Evening Times that you don't have to go to leafy suburbs to find excellent schools. An online commentator was quick to point out on the paper's website that St Mark's Primary had in fact notched up 11 excellent marks as Scotland's top primary - and it was in Barrhead, anything but a leafy suburb.

Need to apologise

In the throes of the industrial action at his college, Tom Wilson, principal at Glasgow Metropolitan, took the unusual step of buying advertising space in the Evening Times to apologise to students for the disruption caused. "At least the paper got something out of the strike," quipped one student, thoroughly enjoying a day off.

The man's Kaput

We reported last week on the hand-held computers which come at a handy price and appear to give a significant boost to pupils' performance in maths. What we did not have the space to report was that the SimCalc materials were developed at the University of Massachusetts - by a Mr Kaput.

It's for life

BA will be pleased to learn that one launch which didn't go pear-shaped last week, despite the inauspicious date of April 1, was the website of Skills Development Scotland. We did, however, note with interest that the consultancy firm run by its chairman, Willy Roe, specialises in "lifelong earning", among other things. We knew he was the man for the job.

Unlucky brake

It was a harsh punishment for saving a group of children from harm. Amanda Rouse, 15, might have expected some thanks when she stopped a school bus that had careered out of control. Instead, she got detention.

The teenager was sitting on the bus with 40 younger children when the driver hit her head after going round a bend. The brave schoolgirl jumped into the seat, slammed on the brakes and brought the bus to a halt before anyone was hurt.

But the slammer was her reward, because teachers at Marina High in California said she should have been in school at the time. They probably also thought she should have stayed put since she didn't have a licence to drive a bus either. Amanda said she asked the driver for a lift because she felt sick at school. Sick of school might be closer to her sentiment now.

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