PUPILS across Barrhead have been getting creative as they adapt to the new changes at their schools.

Staff and young people at St Luke’s High have being making full use of the outdoor space available to them, using the environment to help with their learning and teaching. 

They have also embraced the school’s new timetable designed to limit movement around the school, as well as a new one way system and other interventions in place to support the return to school. 

Karen Hunter, depute head at St Luke’s High, said there had been a very positive response from pupils to the new safety measures.

“The pupils have been tremendous and really cooperating with us,” she told Barrhead News.

“They have been coming up with ideas on new ways to learn under the current restrictions, so staff and pupils are really working together as a team.

“We are embracing outdoor learning with a number of classes using our outdoor space around the school for various lessons including Maths, English, Science as well as PE.

“We were delighted to take delivery of our outdoor picnic mats this week and pupils enjoyed using them at the beginning of the week. 

“The senior leadership team also had a very productive meeting this week with a company to discuss our plans for outdoor seating and outdoor classroom areas.”

The election for this year’s St Luke’s High’s Pupil Leadership Team was conducted online, with pupils and staff using the digital software Microsoft Teams to vote for their chosen candidates instead of using a ballot box.

The Leadership Team are currently working alongside House Captains and Senior Prefects to see what projects can be pursued.

Isabella McMullen, head girl at St Luke’s High, said: “I’m happy to be Head Girl at St Luke’s and give a voice to the pupils, not only in my year but all the other year groups.”

Head boy Kaleb Queen added: “I am delighted to be elected Head Boy and be given the chance to make a difference especially this year under the current circumstances.”

Meanwhile, the Pupil Leadership Team at Barrhead High have been highlighting the importance of wearing a face mask in corridors.