This term primary 7 pupils across Thornliebank, Giffnock and Braidbar primary schools are being trained up by their Active School co-ordinators Marie Baxter and Craig Gordon to become 'Young Leaders'.
The Young Leader Programme is a great introduction into leadership for pupils or students nine or over. The award is designed for use in a variety of educational settings. Pupils across the cluster have been learning about the qualities that makes a good leader. They have also been participating in a number of fun activities and games that will develop their communication and organisational skills. The course also helps to develop their teamwork as well as helping to build confidence and self-esteem as they take on the responsibility of assisting in leading their peers and younger children.
Pupils have been given the chance to lead sessions throughout the weeks and have learned a number of new games to use in their sessions. It has been a fun exciting course and class teachers have enjoyed assisting and developing their skills in class as well as during P.E.
In January the primary 7s will be invited along to assist at an after school club for Primary 1-3s with a teacher and coach. They will deliver some activities which they have planned during their training.
The primary 7s have thoroughly enjoyed the course and are looking forward to taking the young pupils for activities.
To find out more about leadership opportunities and how you can get involved, contact Marie Baxter - Active Schools Co-ordinator (Woodfarm Cluster) via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07800 629690 or Craig Gordon - Active School Co-ordinator (Woodfarm Cluster) via email@example.com or 07800629690.
'I have really enjoyed the Young Leaders programme. Marie and Craig have showed me how to communicate to larger groups and use different techniques to control large groups. The course has helped me become more confident at using my voice and I think all the skills will help me when I go up to Woodfarm.' Jack Reilly, P7 Thornliebank Primary
'I have gained confidence through the Young Leaders course. I am able to stand up in front of large groups and lead a session. I enjoyed working with others and I was able to co-operate well. It helped me become more organised and I can't wait to lead my activities with the young children.' Josh Forbes, P7 Thornliebank Primary