Glasgow Kelvin College was delighted to welcome some very important guests earlier in the week to its Springburn Campus; a group of inquisitive and enthusiastic 4 and 5yr olds from Sighthill Nursery School nearby.
The youngsters were very excited to be given a gift by the College of their very own health and safety kit.
As well as touring the Automotive, Joinery and Bricklaying workshops, the children got to try out bricklaying for themselves and helped to construct a garden planter.
They were treated to a masterclass in bricklaying from first year apprentice bricklayer, Nicole Carlin, before getting the chance to build their own mini walls. Nicole progressed from an NPA Construction Skills programme at the College and has secured an apprenticeship with local employer, Cruden.
Joinery lecturer, Tracy Burns, then helped the children to construct a planter which they will use in the nursery garden.
Sighthill Nursery, like all Glasgow Council nurseries, is committed to providing the additional 1140hrs per year childcare entitlement and is a resolute advocate of Outdoor Play for its young charges. Glasgow Kelvin College is working in partnership with both Glasgow City Council and Scottish Canals on the large scale regeneration programme across the Sighthill and Port Dundas area in North Glasgow.
Head Teacher at Sighthill, Fiona Crawley, said;
“This type of outdoor education visit is an invaluable opportunity for children at this age and stage of their development. As well as experiencing continuing education at such a young age, the children were totally inspired by the hands-on work aspects of this learning.”
Alan Sinclair, Curriculum Manager at Glasgow Kelvin College, added;
“It was a real pleasure to help the children today. They were determined to get involved and it’s never too early to get them interested in creative skills, regardless of how messy they are! We are also going to help Sighthill Nursery to improve their outdoor play facility, involving Glasgow Kelvin students in the development. This will create an instructive, healthy and safe way for the children to learn outdoors and, perhaps, give them an interest in the trades from an early age.”
Glasgow Kelvin College works closely with its local communities to help support regeneration, develop the skills of residents and build capacity into community organisations. This is made possible through the many strong partnerships it has established with other organisations and companies.
The College maintains effective and innovative links with Glasgow City Council and, working together, they continue to develop learning opportunities for Glasgow’s residents.