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Pupils at Ben Wyvis Primary School in Ross-shire praised in Scotland-wide Community Champions Challenge after keeping up remote links with care home residents during Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown


By Louise Glen

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Strathallan Care Home, Strathpeffer..Residents with artwork from kids at Ben Wyvis Primary...Emma MacArthur and Iain Fraser facetime some of the children....
Strathallan Care Home, Strathpeffer..Residents with artwork from kids at Ben Wyvis Primary...Emma MacArthur and Iain Fraser facetime some of the children....

ROSS-SHIRE pupils were delighted at their success in a national social enterprise competition.

Ben Wyvis Primary pupils, who have been keeping up remote links with residents in local care homes during the lockdown, were praised in the Community Champions Challenge as part of the annual awards that took place online through Google Classrooms.

The pupils have been sharing videos of science experiments, dance videos and stories through their class blog.

Staff at the care home were delighted at the positive impact the children had made to the residents during their time of isolation. The pupils plan to continue contact via Skype calls to play games and quizzes and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP said: “Across Scotland, it is inspiring to see the innovative social enterprise activity being developed in schools, and by pupils.

“Through responding to the Covid–19 pandemic in such a proactive and supportive way for their communities, these young people have been bringing the Curriculum for Excellence to life in the most creative manner while developing essential skills for the future including resilience, adaptability and curiosity.

“My congratulations go out to all of the successful schools that took part in the Social Enterprise in Education programme this year and thank you for the positive change you are making to Scotland.’

Emily Mnyayi, from the Social Enterprise Academy, said: “We are looking forward to working with these young people next year, seeing their ideas grow even further, finding ways to ensure sustainability in these difficult times and working with them to support their communities during the next phase of the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.”

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