Ewart pupils busy but fun, as monthly column explains

The pupils in Newcastle
The pupils in Newcastle

Pupils at the Douglas Ewart High in Newton Stewart have had a busy time lately and tell us all about it in their monthly column.

‘The Salon’ 

Wigtownshire’s Community Learning and Development Service has recently opened the doors to its first ever Beauty Salon, based in the Riverside Centre in Newton Stewart.  

Supported by CLD staff, pupils from the Douglas Ewart High School are volunteering their time to run the Salon, which is open twice a week and offers older people the opportunity to receive free beauty treatments such as foot spas, facials, manicures and wash and blow dries.  

The project, currently funded by the ‘Putting You First’ initiative has been a massive hit with older people who attend the centre.   A regular client in the salon said “I love coming into the Salon, I’m nervous about washing my own hair at home, so to get the chance to have it done here is great.  And the lassies are lovely too!”   Another client said “I felt like I was walking on air when I left the Salon today, it’s a real treat to get pampered!” 

The project was set up in partnership with the Douglas Ewart High School and the Riverside Centre to increase opportunities in the local community for young people access work experience, develop their confidence and communication skills, gain accredited awards and build on their wider achievements  that will enhance their future employability prospects.  

Duke of Edinburgh Success!

In January this year, 54 young people from Mid Galloway were presented with Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh certificates at Cairnsmore’s annual award celebration.  

Throughout 2014, the participants committed a cumulative total of over 1800 hours volunteering in the local community which includes support to sports clubs, charity shops, uniformed organisations and charities.  The young people have also taken part in a wide range of physical activities, learned a new skill and completed walking and camping expeditions. 

Expedition season is well and truly underway this year, with over 80 young people taking part in 2, 3 and 4 day expeditions across Dumfries and Galloway.  One group of gold participants are heading to Tuscany in Italy this June to complete their gold expedition.  

The programme is available to all young people aged 14-24 years and offers the opportunity to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.  If you would like more information on the award and how to get involved please contact Lisa Martin, Youth Worker on 01671 40 4756 or lisa.martin@dumgal.gov.uk 

Newcastle Trip 28/02/15

36 pupils and 4 teachers took part in a trip with Trans World Soccer to Newcastle United FC. 

The group started off with a Stadium tour of St James’ Park where we covered the history of the Newcastle team. After a brief session in the press conference room, we headed down the players tunnel and out onto the pitch. As part of the tour the group saw the executive seats, suites and were also given a rare glimpse of one of the hospitality boxes. Pupils also took part in a short five-a-side tournament before watching the match. An entertaining game saw Newcastle win 1-0, with Aston Villa having a goal disallowed for offside. A great trip was enjoyed by all.

Netball

Recently the junior and senior netball teams travelled to Moffat to play in a league game.

The S4 - S6 team remain unbeaten with a superb display against Moffat Academy winning 18 - 5. The player of the match was Rebecca Blakeman.

Despite their best efforts the S1 - S3 team were beaten 5 - 10. They battled hard but unfortunately Moffat had the edge on them. The player of this match was Kathryn Robinson.

Well done to all the girls who played, the level was play was outstanding.

Huge congratulations to all netball players as both teams remain top of their respective leagues with only 1 game against Kirkcudbright Academy left to play. Good luck!

Cross Country

In February 40 athletes headed for Bladnoch Park, Wigtown to compete in the regional schools cross country championships. There were over 400 athletes competing on the wet, cold and wild day, especially for the senior boys!

All the athletes performed well against some stiff competition and a very large entry field. A special well done goes to the S4 girls with Isla Forsyth achieving 3rd, Lois Campion 4th and Kezia Dale 6th. These girls received individual recognition but also came home with a team prize. Well done girls!