Cabinet Secretary Visit

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Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, visited our school on Tuesday 25th May. 

Also visiting us on this day were:

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning

Councillor Rhonda Geekie, Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council

Councillor Una Walker, Convener of the Education Committee

John Simmons, Community Director

 

The purpose of the Minister's visit was to promote a fresh and innovative new web tool, Engage for Education, that gives young people, teachers, school staff, parents and others an opportunity to share their views and provide feedback on key issues facing Scottish Education.  Click here to read more about Engage for Education.

 

Please read the article below prepared by our S5 pupil Mark O'Neill about the visit.

 

 

Cabinet Secretary Visit

 

 

On Tuesday, 25th of May 2010, Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, visited St. Ninian’s High School to launch a new ground breaking online public participation project called ‘Engage for Education.’

 

www.engageforeducation.org is a website which will enable people across Scotland’s Education Community to engage directly with the Scottish Government about the issues important to them.

 

Mr. Russell, after having a short tour of the school, gave a short introductory speech about the initiative and the targets he has for it. He was also accompanied by Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning who also spoke during a Question and Answer session between pupils, teachers and parents of the school.

 

Mike Russell said:

“I will guarantee that these voices will be listened to. As ministers we will pay heed. And we will make sure the best of this new thinking improves everything we try and do. So if you have a suggestion that will make a difference – join in!”

After the Q and A session, Mr. Brown spoke with a number of senior pupils who are leaving this year about their hopes for the future and they questioned him about various topics such as university opportunities.

 

Mr. Russell also spoke with a number of S3 Modern Languages pupils.

 

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and a number of pupils from our school are already taking part in the many workshops and debates on the new website!