A week in

13th May 2016 at 00:00

A Glasgow primary school where no pupil hails originally from Scotland has launched an online crowdfunding campaign for new playground and classroom equipment. Annette Street Primary, where most of the 222 pupils are from the Roma community, started the drive after working with students at Strathclyde Business School (bit.ly/AnnetteSt). Headteacher Shirley Taylor said that most parents at the Govanhill primary did not speak enough English or have the finances for the type of fundraising that is common in other schools.

A ceremony has taken place to mark the start of construction of a new joint faith school campus that will be unique in Scotland.Representatives of the Jewish and Roman Catholic communities delivered the joint blessing at the site in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire. The £18.2 million campus, due to open in August 2017, will be a replacement for the existing Jewish school Calderwood Lodge and will provide another primary for the Catholic community.

Primary teachers who want to improve their understanding of religion are being invited to participate in an online event on Monday. The event, entitled Approaching Religion Through Story, has been organised by University of Edinburgh academics who, with Education Scotland, have created a range of free resources for teachers that highlight the importance of storytelling across different religious traditions (bit.ly/ReligionResources). Monday’s webinar, which is also open to secondary teachers, runs from 4pm-5.30pm. For further information, email a.jack@ed.ac.uk

Unicef UK has launched resources designed to help even the youngest primary pupils understand the refugee crisis, and show how they can help peers escaping the conflict in Syria. Children around the world are fleeing wars and disasters in greater numbers than any time since the Second World War, the charity said. The new pack contains stories, graphics, factsheets and ready-made presentations (bit.ly/RefugeeTeach).

Its release coincides with today’s Day for Change, Unicef’s annual UK fundraising campaign, which is encouraging schools to organise fundraising activities for Syrian children.

@Henry_Hepburn

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