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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]3 winning final outfits from Park Mains, all S1 pupils, have been selected to compete in the catwalk final for Junk Kouture, a recycled fashion competition. (The final fashion show takes place on Thursday March 26th 2015 in The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow.

Before the catwalk final there will be an online public vote for all of the designs. This vote is worth 10% of the overall score. This vote will take place from 9am Monday 23rd March until midnight on the Wednesday 25th March. Voting will take place on the Junk Kouture Facebook page. Anyone can vote for a design once per day for 3 days.

Heres a picture of each of the outfits and the link to vote on Facebook. We need as many votes as possible as we are the only Renfrewshire school to get through.

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The groups are as follows[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]BRILLIANT BUTTONS –

  • Emma Hammond
  • Abigail Canavan
  • Rebecca Lamb

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  • Maryam Malik
  • Holly Adams
  • Eleanor Ryan

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  • Heather Ritchie
  • Eve Sutherland
  • Aimee Leitch

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Pupils serve up a feast of treats

Pupils from Park Mains High School got their sleeves rolled up and worked side by side with catering staff in serving up a range of tasty meals and treats to mark International Schools Meals Day, and raise funds for Erskine Hospital.

On the menu was a variety of international dishes including Thai green curry, American dishes and Italian pizza. Pupils baked a welcome supply of treats for sale including purple cupcakes, the corporate colours of Erskine Hospital, and a selection of cookies.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said, “Today’s event has been a great success and has showcased the quality and range of our school meals, and helped raise funds for charity.

“The Scottish school meals service has changed greatly over the past few years, and in Renfrewshire where around 1.3million school meals are served every year, major changes having been taking place.

“Park Mains High School pupils and parents were consulted about the kind of facilities they wanted before the build of their new school. The chosen design of the cafe and coffee bar offers an attractive place to eat that mirrors the high street and has proved hugely popular with pupils and staff alike.

“As part of the changes, the cafe model and coffee shop, at Park Mains High School will be provided in several more secondary schools. Multiple service points will offer high street food options along with an all day coffee bar service.”

Erskine Motorbike Meet started a few years ago, about 5 or 6. Four bikers turned up at Erskine Hospital for a tour around the main home located in Bishopton. After the tour, they said they wanted to do something to help fundraise for Erskine.

So they decided on a bike meet. The first year, 30 bikers turned up, next year, 100, then 300. In 2010 1000 turned up and this was the year I got involved. For various reasons the four friends couldn’t continue with their part of the organising so I was roped in to help Erskine with the organising. 2010 was also the first year that the BBQ, live music and family entertainment were introduced and Arriva provided the shuttle bus that ran from Paisley Gilmour St. to Erskine Hospital, for the non-bikers.
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Paisley Abbey

The Renfrewshire Doors Open day programme of events has been released (please see the bottom of this post for the area wide pdf). This is a great weekend for gaining access to some of our amazing visitor attractions. Take your camera and the family and you will be in for a treat. Read more

One of our visitors John MacIntyre sent us in his video of the first section of Aircraft Carrier made at BAE systems on the River Clyde sails down the Clyde on a huge Barge under the Erskine Bridge. Read more

Park Mains construction reaches key stage

A multi-million pound high school construction project in Erskine has reached a key stage with its 900 ton steel framework now in place.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson had a site tour recently at the new £33m Park Mains High site to see the impressive structure take shape.
Work started in January this year to replace the existing Park Mains building and the school is set to open its doors to 1,350 pupils in August 2012.
Councillor Lawson said: “I was delighted to visit the new school site to see the impressive structure take place. This multi-million pound project is a major investment in local education and is a key part of our Building Better Communities programme.

“Local children deserve to be taught in modern, well-equipped buildings and I look forward to the new school opening its doors next summer.”

Councillor Iain Nicolson, Deputy Convener of the Education Policy Board, said: “It’s always been our aim to build on Park Mains High’s strong links with the community. In addition to providing top class education facilities, the recent announcement that a competition standard synthetic football pitch will be built at the school is a major boost.

“The £400,000 investment in the state-of-the-art 3G football pitch alongside the sand dressed synthetic to accommodate a range of sports, means the community sports campus at Park Mains will be first-class.”

The next stage of construction will progress the upper floors, roof, walls and windows.

A photograph is attached showing Councillor Lawson and Councillor Nicolson on their recent site tour at Park Mains.

First look at plans for new flagship Renfrewshire secondary school

More details have been revealed on plans for a new multi-million pound secondary school in Renfrewshire.

A planning application has been submitted to Renfrewshire Council for the new Park Mains High School in Erskine.

The £33million school forms a key part of Renfrewshire Council’s ‘Building Better Communities’ programme which will see a £92million investment in education, leisure and community facilities across Renfrewshire.

The school will be built on the site of the existing Park Mains High which has a current school roll of 1350 pupils. Pupils attend not only from Erskine but also the surrounding villages of Bishopton, Inchinnan and Langbank.

Construction work is set to begin early in 2011 with the school expected to open in August 2012.

A three storey main building defined by a strong brickwork grid is joined by a two storey management and administration building clad in Terne coated stainless steel.

The innovative design features a teaching space arranged across 3 levels and a range of enhanced PE facilities. Those include a four court games hall, gymnasium, and dance studio and fitness suite with associated changing areas.

A multi-use assembly hall has a main stage and tiered stadium style seating which has been designed to accommodate local community activities including drama and theatre.

A central atrium, flooded with natural light, which can be used as a dining and social area. This would open on to an outside seating area and playground terraces.

A series of ‘break out’ spaces outside classrooms will help provide different types of learning environments. There is also scope for more flexible use of classroom space.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The completion of the design stage and the formal submission of the planning application mark an important milestone in the development of the new Park Mains High school.

“The application is currently being considered by planning officials and is likely to be decided on by the council’s Planning and Economic Policy Development Policy Board in the next couple of months.”