Students from Glasgow Kelvin College have put their newly acquired joinery skills to good use to support local children at Chirnsyde Primary School in Milton.
Last year’s Glasgow Kelvin Youthstart students had been set a task, once they’d completed their Skills for Work unit, to develop a project using recycled, sustainable materials within the College’s construction department at its East End Campus.
They fixed on creating a ‘Mud Kitchen’ for the little ones at Chirnsyde Primary School to engage them in ‘outdoor play’ and get their young minds interested in nature. Using off-cuts from the College workshops, the Youthstart students designed, built, fashioned and wood-stained their work, ensuring it was robust enough to withstand the Scottish weather outdoors and the attentions of enthusiastic children. It took the students just over a month to complete and they were justifiably proud of their efforts.
The learners thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being given the ownership of designing and building something for the children to love and use for years to come.
The Chirnsyde pupils were absolutely delighted and have put the kitchen to good use every day, in spite of the weather, with an outdoors ‘Bake-Off’ taking place. The Mud Kitchen has now formed an important part of their eco-garden and how they will learn about sustainability.
Pamela McTaggart, Depute Head Teacher at Chirnsyde Primary said: “We are very grateful to Glasgow Kelvin College for building these mud kitchens for our pupils. The children are delighted with them and have already enjoyed making many “meals”! They are a fantastic addition which boosts our imaginative play opportunities and will be enjoyed for many years to come. “
Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years said: “Glasgow schools have been very innovative at making outdoor learning second nature to our children and young people and especially during the last year of the pandemic. This is a brilliant example of partnership working at its best and what a lovely legacy for the students to remember as they continue their learning journey and careers.”
Vice Principal for Curriculum at Glasgow Kelvin College, Robin Ashton, said: “This is a great example of how our students learn not just vocational skills, but creativity, citizenship and sustainability through supporting a community cause. We value our relationships with our schools and are delighted that we could help the pupils at Chirnsyde. We are very proud of our Youthstart students for what they achieved here.”
The College is committed to a sustainable green agenda and is working to reduce its own carbon footprint as well as deliver relevant vocational skills and experience to its students, working towards becoming a centre of excellence for renewables and sustainability.