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284 May 2018 - Gryffe Advertizer

The Advertizer - Your local community magazine to the Gryffe area. The Advertizer is a local business directory including a what's on guide and other local information and an interesting mix of articles.

42 Duchal Nursery School

42 Duchal Nursery School We have been making the most of the occasional sunny day and now are proudly displaying some wonderful pots and planters with gorgeous spring flowers. Many thanks to Norman Johnstone for our lovely wooden planters, these are great for the children to experience gardening and ties in with our spring and summer topics that we are following this term. Houston Primary – Inter School Winners the advertizer The annual Inter-School Mini Tennis Doubles Tournament was won by Houston Primary for the seventh year in a row. The competition, which was launched for the first time in 2003, was a joint venture by Strathgryffe Tennis & Squash Club and Active Schools Renfrewshire and has firmly been in the local schools’ calendar ever since. A team of tennis coaches from Strathgryffe delivered a four week block of coaching sessions, free of charge to all P6 pupils at Bridge of Weir, Houston and St Fillan’s Primary Schools. A team of 8 boys and 8 girls were then selected to represent their school and participate in a round robin doubles league with points being awarded at the end of each round to each winning couple. The competition was held in the indoor courts at Strathgryffe on Thursday 22nd March. Susan Weanie, Tennis Development Manager commented ‘We have a great relationship with the local schools. Strathgryffe visits them regularly to deliver taster sessions, which has resulted in many of the pupils now attending our coaching programme.’ The children are delighted with our new water play area, there has been much splashing, pouring, tipping and bubble making in the nursery recently - a great form of interactive play ! We are delighted to be launching our Summer Holiday Activity Camps this summer, extending the time that the children can enjoy the Duchal experience and giving parents extra childcare at the start and finish of the summer holidays. These camps will be fun activity led days at the nursery, the staff and children are already excited by this new development in Duchal’s provision of specialist childcare in Kilmacolm. With the start of term we will be getting very creative with egg boxes and stone painting for the entries to this year’s Kilmacolm Show, we will have a stand there too so please pop over to say hello! Please visit our website for more information - www. duchal.com and find us on Facebook. If you would like to come and visit the Nursery please get in 01505 874358 or email info@duchal.com Details for the new summer tennis & squash programmes are now available and have classes for both children and adults. Non-members welcome. For more information please visit our website www.strathgryffe.net or contact Head Tennis Coach, Derek Brown on 01505 615301 or email derekbrown@strathgryffe.net Year of Young People ambassadors help shape the ‘once in a life time’ year ahead Renfrewshire’s ambassadors for the Year of Young People have met with the Council to discuss what shape the ‘once in a life time’ year ahead will take. This year has been designated as a 12 month celebration of young people and aims to inspire Scotland through celebrating their achievements. There are more than 200 young ambassadors who are representing every local authority across Scotland, including ten in Renfrewshire. Their role is to build awareness of YoYP 2018 activity so their communities know what’s happening. Ahead of a year of youth led events, the ambassadors have met with Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services, Council Leader Iain Nicolson and Convener of Education and Children’s Services, Councillor Jim Paterson. Cllr Paterson said: “We are delighted to meet with some of the young ambassadors and establish links with them to ensure they have a strong local voice. “There is an incredibly exciting year ahead of us and we want them to be able to help inform how the Year of Young People 2018 will look in Renfrewshire and have them tell us is in their words what they would like to do. “ Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It’s vital that our young people are listened to as they have creative ideas on how to improve their own lives. “In return we have asked what support and training we can offer them and offered the opportunity to meet groups such as Renfrewshire Youth Voice.” A number of the ambassadors including Olivia Galbraith, Lauren McEwan, Cara Brown, Rebecca Adams, Sean Sweeney and Angus Collingridge-Watt attended the meeting and also met with Youth Commission group members. Lauren McEwan, 17, from Paisley Grammar School said: “This is the first time everybody has come together in Renfrewshire and it’s great to meet everyone and share ideas. “We are excited to work together to bring a great Year of Young People and make it as good as it can be.” To get involved with the Year of Young People 2018 go to young.scot/YOYP2018 deadline date for our june issue - Friday 18th May - You don’t want to miss it!!

may 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: info@advertizer.co.uk 43 Spring has Sprung at Gryffe Article by Aaron Mills (S4) Just before the school stopped for Easter, Spring officially began at Gryffe High School. Attendees of Gryffe’s Annual Spring Concert were treated to a collection of some of the best musicians we have to showcase. Not forgetting a sneak preview of the upcoming Wizard of Oz show, this will be held in the school on 20th and 21st June. This year’s concert included a cornucopia of music, including the pipe band, the senior guitar ensemble, the jazz band, the concert band, the choir, as well as the debut performance from Gryffe’s newest rock band - ‘The Lines’. The winners of this year’s Young Musician of the Year (Junior, Senior and Intermediate) also performed. The event gave the audience a chance to try some Yellow-Brick Cupcakes made by pupils. Overall, this year’s Spring Concert was most enjoyable and a huge well done is in order to the many pupils who took part as well as the Music Department and everybody else who was involved. Houston Toddlers Last month we had lots of Easter fun with crafts and snacks in Easter theme. The little ones had great fun making Easter cards, pictures and stain glass hanging decorations. We now welcome everyone back after our 2 week Easter break and we are ready to enjoy some fun activities in the lead up to summer. We welcome all children age between 0 - 4 years old, together with their parents, grandparents or carers to join in with the games, crafts and play on offer every Thursday. The children can enjoy playing, making friends and of course snack time while the adults can catch up with a cuppa. We meet between 9.30am -11.30am so come along when you are ready to the West Hall, Main street Houston PA67EL (next to the Carrick Centre). Sign in at door and pay £2 for one child and an additional 50p for other children. We look forward to meeting you all Kilbarchan Community Nursery We marked ‘Sports Relief’ in March with the children having the chance to learn about two different sports. First we had a coach from Strathgryffe Tennis Club who showed the children how to develop their co-ordination and balance with round bats before moving on to using tennis racquets. Maybe we have a future Andy Murray in the making? Then we had a trainer from the Little Tiger Cubs programme who introduced the children to Taekwon-Do. This is a programme developed for children aged 3-5 and helps to build self-esteem and confidence. As we are now in the summer term, the pre-school children will soon be meeting their buddies from the primary school as well as visiting the classroom as part of the transition programme for starting school in August. Our summer trip this year is to Heads of Ayr farm park on Monday 11th June when we hope for some sunny weather. @GryffeAds www.advertizer.co.uk

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