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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.

Link for voting –


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  • 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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Presenting the DoE winners with their awards

Eight more ‘golden’ pupils achieve Duke of Edinburgh success

Eight Renfrewshire pupils from Park Mains High School and Kersland School are celebrating after achieving a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

The golden eight have achieved the highest standard possible in the long-running national scheme for young people.

Renfrewshire Council is an ‘operating authority’ for the scheme and the council’s Youth and Sports Services team is currently taking many local young people through the scheme.

The scheme asks young people to volunteer, develop a skill or hobby, test their physical fitness and undertake an expedition. Participants work through the Bronze and Silver award levels before attempting the ultimate Gold Award.

Councillor Stuart Clark, depute convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, met with the winners and said: “My congratulations to all eight of these pupils and their families.

“The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme needs a major commitment of time and effort and it’s great to meet a group of young people who worked all the way through the scheme to reach the highest standard possible.

“A Duke of Edinburgh Award is a major boost to any young person’s CV and I know it’s highly valued by prospective employers.”

The eight pupils to receive their Gold Award were:

* Miriam Donald (Park Mains)

* Fraser Gunn (Park Mains)

* Sarah-Jane MacIntyre (Park Mains)

* Sandy Sneddon (Park Mains)

* Steven Coutts (Kersland)

* Darren McEachran (Kersland)

* Laura Mitchell (Kersland)

* Rory Wilson (Kersland)


Youth and Sport Services are currently looking for adult volunteers who can support scheme activities. If you’re interesting in lending your support, call the team on 0141 889 1110

Pupils ‘dig’ new school facilities

Work has started on a new combined £15.5million primary school, pre-5 and community education facility in Renfrew.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan and Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the council’s Education Policy Board, donned hard hats and dug in with pupils to celebrate the ‘cutting of the soil’ of the new St James’ Primary School, Moorpark Pre-5 Centre and Community Learning Centre.

The new facilities will mirror the recently opened Park Mains High School in making use of flexible learning spaces to support innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

There will also be opportunities for outdoor learning on the site adjacent to the existing school.

The new school, community learning centre and pre-5 centre will open in April 2014.

Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “The cutting of the soil marks the start of an investment which will boost education and learning for the whole community it will serve. These will be great facilities for current pupils and for future generations.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry said: “The new school will provide a stimulating educational environment that will better support the new ways of learning and teaching in the 21st century.

You can already sense the enthusiasm of the pupils, staff and the local community who will reap the benefits in the long-term.”

Margaret Convery, head teacher of St James’ Primary, joined pupils at the soil-cutting ceremony. She said: “We are all looking forward to the completion of our new school, community learning centre and pre-5 centre. Pupils and staff are all excited about this development and eager to move into the new building and sample the new facilities.”

The building contract has been awarded to DC Community Partnerships and construction company CBC are the lead contractors for the project.

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