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A new £30,000 fund has been established to support cultural exchanges for schools and pupils.


The Provost’s School Exchange Fund will offer the opportunity for schools in Renfrewshire to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 for an international exchange visit to schools in either of Renfrewshire Council’s twin towns of Gladsaxe in Denmark or Furth in Germany.

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International visits have already taken place to Renfrewshire and school pupils from Skovbrynet School in Gladsaxe visited Renfrew High School last month on a film-making visit.

The young people from Skovbrynet School took part in lessons about Scotland, and spent some time getting to know their peers through a series of filmed interviews about life at Renfrew High.

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This is the third time pupils from Skovbrynet School have visited Renfrew, and Renfrew High Head Teacher Billy Burke hopes the Provost’s School Exchange Fund will help the school plan a return trip to build on the friendships they have already formed.

He said: “Our young people have learned so much from the time they spent with the pupils from Gladsaxe and it’s been incredible to see how quickly pupils from the two schools bonded.

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“Strengthening our international relationship with Skovbrynet School is very important to me and I hope we will be able to take a group to Gladsaxe for the first time to further develop our partnership and allow our young people to gain a greater understanding of life in other countries.”

Exchange trips will expose pupils to new cultures and languages, and pupils will improve their international awareness. As well as forming friendships, the exchanges contribute towards acceptance and understanding of different cultural traditions.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron said: “Celebrating our strong international links is very important and the best way to learn about other cultures is to experience them first hand.

“There have been many exchanges between various groups in Renfrewshire and our twin towns of Gladsaxe and Furth and the School Exchange Fund will now offer those exciting opportunities to our young people, allowing them to visit new places and learn about how their peers in other countries live.”


Read Write Count Moving Up kits have been gifted to every Primary 7 pupil in Renfrewshire to support their transition to secondary school. Nine local authorities including Glasgow, Inverclyde, Dundee, West Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Clackmannanshire, North Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire will take part in the pilot scheme, which aims to support parents and pupils during a time of change.


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Free to use from SBT

The Scottish Government initiative, in partnership with Education Scotland and Scottish Book Trust, will provide a kit containing the following items:

  • reusable water bottle
  • protractor and ruler set
  • pen /pencil and rubber set
  • journal notebook
  • scientific calculator
  • pocket dictionary
  • parent/pupil booklet
  • USB Stick

The Moving Up kit was created after consultation with local authorities and ADES (Association of Directors of Education). Learning professionals, librarians and teachers provided feedback about items that would be helpful for Primary 7 pupils who are transitioning into secondary school.


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Free to use from SBT

Scottish Book Trust will also provide training and support to all the local authorities involved in the pilot scheme, helping to build and enhance current transition programmes between primary and secondary schools.


Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary, John Swinney, said:

“The move to high school is a new and exciting time for many pupils and families but it can also bring a degree of uncertainty. These unique packs are a national first and aim to make the transition between primary and secondary a little easier. The kits contain items and advice which will give pupils the best chance at a smooth change and help parents and carers to support their children at this important time.”


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Free to use from SBT

The Moving Up kits will be delivered by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“The transition from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time for young people, and our new Read Write Count Moving Up kits give pupils and parents much needed support. Learning professionals, librarians and teachers were consulted to ensure that the Moving Up kit contains essential items for any pupil starting high school this summer.”


Free Baby swims at Johnstone Sports Hub 20.4.18

THEY’RE turning into right good sports at Renfrewshire Leisure with a host of money-saving offers this summer.

You can get great deals to play a variety of sports including golf, football, bowls, swimming and membership of their fitness suites.

Free Baby swims at Johnstone Sports Hub 20.4.18

Free Baby swims at Johnstone Sports Hub 20.4.18

The reduced fees for football, golf and bowling run from July 1 until August 11.

 An hour-long game of five-a-side football will only cost £20 at Seedhill Sports Centre, which works out at £2 a player.

If golf is your sport, a junior will get to play a round at Barshaw for free when they are accompanied by a paying adult. There is also unlimited play on the course for 12 to 16 year olds between noon on a Sunday and 7pm on a Thursday for only £20. And for £40 students get the same deal.

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You’ll be bowled over with the chance for children to play a game of bowls, at Lochfield when they are accompanied by a full paying adult or with an adult bowls membership.

Between June 1 and August 31 you can get unlimited access to the various Renfrewshire Leisure fitness suites, classes and swimming pools for 40 days at a cost of only £40.

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And during the same period two people can get joint membership for £39.95 per couple if one of the two is joining for the first time.

If you want to make a splash this summer a 30-day family swim pass for two adults and two children will cost only £20 and gives access to all Renfrewshire Leisure pools.

Paisley’s annual Spree festival has today announced its biggest line-up yet – with Glasvegas, Gruff Rhys, PP Arnold and Hue and Cry among the acts coming to town this October.

The festival will take place over nine days from 11 to 19 October with the bulk of the action in a specially-erected Spiegeltent beside Paisley Gilmour Street station – and with a bigger tent than in previous years allowing 500-person shows.

Now in its eighth year, the festival is one of the centrepieces of Renfrewshire Council’s major events programme which has made Paisley one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years.

The Spree 2019 was programmed by Regular Music – who work with some of the biggest names in the industry as the team behind the Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand and the Edinburgh Castle Concerts – and is this year sponsored by Tennent’s Lager.

The festival kicks off on Friday 11 October with a tribute to one of Paisley’s most celebrated musical sons – A Gerry Rafferty Songbook, featuring Roddy Hart, Emma Pollock and Rab Noakes.

Monday 14th sees Hue and Cry in the Spiegeltent – a venue and location fitting for a band for whom one of their biggest hits, ‘Looking for Linda’, was set on a train to Paisley.

Platinum-selling indie-rockers Glasvegasperform their only full-band Scottish date of the year the next night, before Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys brings his solo show to the Spiegeltent on Wednesday 16th.

London’s First Lady of Soul PP Arnold is next up on Thursday 17th with songs from her six-decade career working with stars including Rod Stewart and the Small Faces, Barry Gibb, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Oasis.

The Friday night sees multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Karine Polwart bring her Scottish Songbook – a collection of Scottish pop classic spanning more than 50 years.

And the festival ends on Saturday 19th with anarchic magic from comedy headliner Jerry Sadowitz, followed by what will be a lively late-night closing party all the way from Tennessee, USA, with the inventors of ‘rockgrass’ Hayseed Dixie.

There’s also two late-night comedy shows on Friday 11th and 18th, headlined by Mark Nelson and Gary Little and compered by Fred MacAulay and local lad Scott Gibson.

Renfrewshire Leisure are programming Spree shows at Paisley Arts Centre, with the ones announced so far being Lost Map’s Lost Weekend Sunday Social featuring the Pictish Trail, Fell, Molly Linen and Callum Easter (Sunday 13th), Paisley in Song featuring Michael Cassidy and Andy Monahan (Frightened Rabbit) on Thursday 17th, and ex-Arab Strap musician Malcolm Middleton plus support (Saturday 19th).

And the Spiegeltent will also host an all-day festival within-a-festival on Saturday 12th with LNP Promotions ever-popular ModStuffcelebration of all things Mod, for which the line-up will be confirmed soon.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am on Friday 7 June via thespree.co.uk and www.ticketweb.uk

More will be added to the bill over the summer with details still to be announced for The Wee Spree – a programme of children’s entertainment over the October school holidays – and the Spree for All fringe festival, with a range of shows in other venue across Renfrewshire.

Duncan Frew, Tennent’s Lager’s Commercial and Marketing Director (UK), added: “Tennent’s are delighted to partner with the Spree Festival in 2019.

“The festival continues to go from strength to strength, developing a national profile through an impressive programme of local and international artists and activity. We look forward to working with organisers and local community to help build on this success.”

Louisa Mahon, Renfrewshire Council’s head of marketing, communications and events, added: “The Spree has grown in recent years to become a fixture in Scotland’s festival calendar – and we are delighted the expanded capacity this year has allowed us to attract some of our biggest names yet.

“Not only will that bring music fans from across the country to see what Paisley has to offer but the growth in the event will help bring a real festival feel to the town, and a boost the local economy.”

For more information on the festival, see www.thespree.co.uk and for more on what’s happening in Paisley visit www.paisley.is


Renfrewshire pupils’ love of maths is fast multiplying thanks to a partnership with experts from the USA.


More than 170 primary pupils from six schools across the region took part in two weeks of maths camps designed by maths education experts from Stanford University.

The alternative approach devised at the renowned Californian institution is used by one-in-two American schools with research recording significant resultant improvements in test results.


It is the first time the camps have taken place in the UK and the creative curriculum hosted at Glencoats Primary in Paisley and St Anthony’s Primary in Johnstone saw maths applied across a range of subjects including electronics and art.

Renfrewshire was the first local authority rated ‘excellent’ by Education Scotland for its progress in raising attainment and closing the learning gap and the Stanford maths partnership builds on a successful partnership with the University of Strathclyde which has seen significant improvements in reading and writing.


Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board said: “We’re excited by the potential of this partnership with Stanford University which is boosting our pupil’s knowledge and confidence in maths and giving our teachers the skills to inspire a love of maths across all our schools. We are making fantastic progress in raising attainment and delivering on our commitment that every pupil is given equal opportunity to achieve their ambitions.”

Fathers club

All this Text is from Ferguslie Community Council but please I need you to visit their page on this link and say Yes or nolink and say Yes or no please help the local community.

Here is what the Community Council has had to say this weekend:

Fathers club


Good morning Ferguslie Park & all our Followers. We asked for your support & help yesterday morning to keep a community building in the hands of LOCAL PEOPLE.

The support YOU all gave was overwhelming ,as the statistics of the 24HR CONSULTATION/ELECTION will show .

This is what happens when a community COME TOGETHER , STAND TOGETHER & SPEAK AS ONE.

You have provided the Community Council with a mandate to negotiate with the Council, for the PEOPLE to retain and run, a much needed community centre for the people of Ferguslie Park ,for that WE THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

Outcome of the Ferguslie Community Councils 24 hour public consultation/election held on our Facebook page. We asked you to vote and comment on a single question….


YES: 674. NO: 0.




We also increased our followers from 725 to 865 an increase of 140 .

If this isn’t people power I dont know what is.
“In my 44 years as a Community Activist in Ferguslie Park I have never witnessed support like this” ( John McIntyre. Chairperson Ferguslie Community Council)

Finally for now we again thank you for your participation and support and hope you enjoyed the experiance . We will keep you updated on our Facebook Page of our progress. THANK YOU ALL . We would love to hear your comments feel free to leave them below…….

summer camp

YOUNG people can enjoy a summer of fun and games thanks to a variety of activities in this year’s Summer Camps run by Renfrewshire Leisure.

There are sports of all kinds, outdoor activities, themed days along with arts and crafts during the school holidays at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre; ON-X, in Linwood; Renfrew Sports Centre; Johnstone Community Sports Hub; Park Mains, in Erskine; St Andrew’s Academy, in Paisley and Castle Semple, at Lochwinnoch.

summer camp

Following on from the popularity of previous Summer, Spring and October camps for children in Primary 1 to Primary 7, these school holiday camps are run by highly trained and enthusiastic staff who have experience working with young people.

The Activity Camps run between 10am and 3pm during weekdays between July 1 to August 9.  There are also two options for an extended stay for children – The Early Risers Club and the Afternoon Kids Zone. These added blocks of fun offer Wii games, arts and crafts, giant floor games and dance mats in a more chilled out environment

summer camp

There are also P7 – S6 Outdoor activity camps with mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking for youngsters from Primary 7 to S6 and football camps in association with the Scottish Football Association for children aged between five and 13.

Other activity camps including Athletics, Gymnastics and Dance for Primary school kids

summer camp

There is a disability sports programme for children in Primary 1 to S6 at St Andrews Academy and disability outdoor programme at Castle Semple for Primary 4 to S6.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We’ve got something for everyone this summer and if you want your children to stay active and have fun during the school holidays, then one of our activity camps is the place to be.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com for more information and to book your child on one of the activity camps.


We are promising a day out of this world in Paisley town centre this summer with our Bricks in Space Summer Trail!

Following on from the success of Jurassic Bricks last summer, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a space-themed LEGO® Brick Space adventure!


Running from Saturday 29th June until Tuesday 13th August, there will be seventeen fantastic LEGO® Brick models spread throughout town centre businesses as well as an interactive play zone and a selfie zone.

The town centre will be divided up into different galaxies with special hidden items which will orbit different businesses within each galaxy on a weekly basis.

Armed with their space passports, the mission will be to travel through the four galaxies to find all the Space models, plus there will be stickers, activity sheets and goodies to collect as families make their way around the town.

Alongside our large LEGO® brick models, there will be other Space items included as part of the trail and our local schools have been joining in the fun…making space items made out of recycled items!

The schools’ models will also be on display throughout the town during Bricks in Space!


Paisley First Chair, Colette Cardosi, said:” This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer this summer.

“We are sure families will come from far and wide to enjoy this great, free day out during the school holidays.

“And after enjoying our out of this world entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.”

You will be able to collect your Space Passport from shops throughout Paisley plus both the Piazza Shopping Centre and The Paisley Centre nearer the time, plus keep checking our website for a sneak preview of our Trail Map…watch this Space!

Paisley First will also be running the Golden Ticket Competition once again this summer with a weekly draw offering visitors the chance to win £250 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers!

Come to Paisley for a great family day out this summer!

For more details see www.paisleyfirst.com

Brediland PS

Eco-aware youngsters at a Paisley primary school have helped create their own classroom-sized wind turbine – and their innovative approach to renewable energy has won them a place at a prestigious European science event.

Primary 6 pupils at Brediland Primary School in Paisley have been working with lecturer Dr Patricia Munoz de Escalona and students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to create a 2m high wind turbine to power classroom objects.

Brediland PS

Funded through a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Partnership grant awarded by the Royal Society, the project saw pupils and Masters students take part in a series of workshops and activities themed around the creation of the turbine.

The project was such a success that the work created by the young people will now represent Scotland at Science on Stage – an event which celebrates STEM and shares information on new teaching concepts – in Portugal in October.

Brediland PS

Acting Principal Teacher David Rigmand steered the young engineers through the project.

He said: “Creating their own wind turbine has been a fantastic experience for the young people.

“Every pupil has been engaged throughout the whole process and it’s been great to see the plans evolve over the last year.

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“Alongside developing their skills in STEM, the project has helped young people with their skills in communication and teamworking, which will stand them in great stead for the future.

“I’m very proud of everyone who took part and we’re all really excited to represent Scotland at the event in October.”

Brediland Primary School Head Teacher Marie-Claire Temple said: “STEM education is at the forefront of equipping our young people to reach positive destinations, and developing innovations of the future.

“STEM is integral to Scotland’s economic and social development. I am extremely proud of the success and achievement of all pupils and staff and look forward to our young people realising their STEM ambitions.”

Dr Patricia Munoz de Escalona worked with GCU students on the project.

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She said: “We’re very proud to be involved in a project which inspires and motivates young people to pursue a career in STEM.

“Learning more about presenting complex, technical information in a way that’s accessible to youngsters has also helped the students refine their communication skills.”

Brediland teachers and pupils celebrated the delivery of the wind turbine as the school unveiled its new STEM and digital literacy centre in this, its 60th year.

Doosan Babcock Chief Executive Officer – and former Brediland pupil – Andrew Colquhoun joined the school in its celebrations.

The engineering firm was involved in some of the workshop sessions, and STEM ambassador Neil Brackenridge worked with the children at the Primary Engineers lunchtime club.

Andrew said: “It’s a real privilege for me to come back to my old school and find so many pupils engaged in this STEM project, and showing an interest in the energy and engineering sectors.

“One of our young engineers has supported the launch of the school’s STEM club, and we hope to play our part in inspiring another generation of youngsters to pursue a career in this area.”

Council Leader

Local people are being urged to have their say on the way Renfrewshire Council works before the ‘Our Renfrewshire’ community survey closes in a fortnight’s time.

Hundreds of local people have already completed the survey, which includes a short set of simple questions.

Council Leader

The survey is designed to start a conversation about the values that are most important to local people and the values and behaviours they expect from the Council.

Feedback from the survey will be used to help develop a new set of values for the council, which will shape how the organisation communicates and works with communities and partners in the future.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, said: “This survey will change the way we work as a council in the future. We want as many people to take part as possible.

“We want to know what matters most to you, what you value and how we can be the best organisation we can be. We will use what you tell us to transform the way we work and communicate with you in future.

“This is your opportunity to get involved and help shape how we work together to make sure Renfrewshire continues to be a great place to live, work and study.”

The survey, which closes on Friday 7 June, is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Renfrewshire.

The Council employs almost 8,000 people, most of whom live in the area, and delivers a range of public services including waste and recycling collections, maintenance for local roads, schools and homes, as well as the provision of local education services and care for the most vulnerable.

To have your say visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ourrenfrewshire. If you need some help to go online, ask about ‘Our Renfrewshire’ in any of our libraries.

You can also share your stories, photos and views on Facebook and Twitter using #OurRenfrewshire.