School pupils promote Classroom on the Clyde

24 Feb 2010

Following Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership's successful launch last year of 'Classroom on the Clyde' river trips for schools, 400 first year pupils at Holyrood Secondary on the south side of Glasgow are now using the Clyde Waterfront's regeneration as the central feature of their Social Studies curriculum this term.

Pupils, who went on the river trip last September, were set the challenge to create an alternative commentary for use on Clyde Marine Services' MV Cruiser, a promotional poster or leaflet and a jingle to advertise the trips this year.  Groups of pupils in each of the 14 classes created their own ideas and the 14 'finalist groups' presented their ideas to a panel of experts.

The winners, Leeann Andrew and Amy McAleer, both aged 12, were presented with tickets for a boat trip on the Clyde later this year and a selection of Clyde Waterfront merchandise.

Marianne Brady, Principal Teacher of Social Studies at Holyrood Secondary said "This is a great opportunity for us to add value to the curriculum by providing a real life experience for our pupils to learn in a local context.  The resources on the website look very good and we intend to use them to support our classroom topics next year."

Mark Barton from Clyde Waterfront Strategic Partnership who sat on the judging panel said, "We are tremendously impressed by the ingenuity and creativity displayed by all of the classes involved and it was truly difficult to select a winner.  We congratulate them all on their vision and ideas.

"We hope that all of the Clyde Waterfront education resources and links we have developed in recent years, will not only recruit school pupils as enthusiastic ambassadors for the transformation of the Clyde but also open their minds to the future opportunities its regeneration offers as a place to live, work and have fun."

"The "Classroom on the Clyde" river trips on the MV Cruiser are operated by Clyde Marine Services Ltd.  The trip lasts about 2 hours, sailing down the Clyde from the SECC, past Renfrew to Clydebank and then returning. Pupils can learn from information materials on board the MV Cruiser and listen to an accompanying pre recorded commentary and DVD about the history and regeneration of our world famous River.

Commenting on the success and appeal of the "Classroom on the Clyde" school trips Julie Reece of Clyde Marine Services Ltd said "Classroom on the Clyde is an excellent way to bring the River to life.  Children are able to learn about the River's past, present and future in a fun, exciting and stimulating environment."

This introduction to Clyde Waterfront has proven so successful, that the teachers, next term, plan to utilise some of the 200 free downloadable lesson plans (such as Clyde Communities Exhibition) from the website:

Viewed as a successful way to deliver the curricular topics across various subject areas, the school intends to take it further this year as it gives the pupils the opportunity to gain skills for life and work through its 'Enterprise in Education' approach, delivering  the Scottish Government's national agenda 'Curriculum for Excellence' successfully.


  • Children make their presentations to the class

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