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BLiSS Future Legacy 2019 

LETi is delighted to be working with the children of Anna Be All You Can Be in conjunction with teachers, assistants and headmistress Bernadette McDonald. 

Kim Proven of Briar Cottages and LETi Chair -at Strathyre Primary School  Andrea Hudspeth -Aquila Ecology with  Strathyre Primary School

 

LETi believes that it is important to introduce the concept and benefits of tourism and related businesses in the community.to children from primary school age.  It is hoped that some children will remain in the community to work in the tourism industry full time, part time or as vclunteers whether in business, retail, accommodation, hospitality, events, transport or in our tourism group. We hope to change the mindset of "having" to go to a city to contribute to the workplace.. .

It is hoped that those who leave for further education or to work elsehere in the UK and abroad,  will have an understanding of tourism skills and how tourism helps to drive the local economy. It is hoped that they will become ambassadors for the BLS area regardless of where they end up living and working..

LETi has committed to a Partnership with Strathyre Primary School, working with the children on aspects of their Curriculam Map over a three year period. Relevant key themes include

Enterprise Education

  •  Mathematics life skills linked to business e.g. profit and loss activities, budgeting
  •  Working within a team – qualities and attributes
  •  Market research and designing feasible ideas for a business

Functions of businesses in the local area and skills required to work within them

Farm to Fork / Working within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park / Social Studies:

  • Skills and roles related to local jobs, importance of work experience and qualifications

 Strathyre Forest Cabins with Strathyre Primary SchoolMathew Cooper of Cooper Cottgaes with Strathyre PrimaryAlan Sneddon LETi at Strathyre Primary 

LETi members attended a business fair in April 2019, where children of all ages interviewed a varierty of tourism business members in turn. The pupils discussed and prepared a number of questions and wrote down LETi members answers to further discuss with teachers . 

In attrendance for LETi were

  • Andrea Hudspeth - Aquila Ecology - St Fillans. wildlife and flora educational walks and bat surveys.
  • Kim Proven -Briar Cottages self catering cottages Lochearnhead and Chair of Loch Earn Tourism Information
  • Alan Sneddon - Hidden Glen Safaris Landrover tours Balquhidder + deer management at Monachyle Mhor (farm to fork)
  • Matthew Duncan and Diane Watsojn Lochearn House B&B, Lochearnhead -  also trained chef and award winning quilter 
  • Matthew Cooper, Coooer Cottages - Holiday Cottage Mnagement Services
  • Pauline and Tom  Rangers at Strathyre Forest Cabins -  holiday cabins, cafe, outdoor education, wildlife, survival, bike hire
  • Leslet Lindsay-  Award winning Broch Cafe Strathyre -  running a cafe, baking, hospitality, customer service, 
  • Graeme Courtney - Kingshouse Travel and transport  owner- local taxi, ,school bus, airport, coach and mini bus hire service

The next phase of our partnership will be to present individual tourism business subjects in class, or for pupils to request visits to tourism establishments to experience and learn on site -For example, working in a hotel, managing a golf club, marketing and running a holiday cottage business, earning a living through wildlife tourism -  in keeping with the key themes on the curriculum map.

We look forward to sharing with and learning from the tourism influencers of our future.

Enterprise: LETi members are pleased to attend coffee mornings actioned by the pupils once a month.  Pupils experience and practice communication with guests, order taking and customer service.   With this level of confidence they may benefit from a morning in one of our local cafes or  hotels communicating with and serving the public.

 

Catch up on our YOYP2018 stories about and by young children in the BLS community 
  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  3. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  4. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  5. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
  6. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul.
  7. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfers
  8. Careers and hobbies -Anna, Be All You Can Be -experience, learn, question and enjoy life and learning

Anna - Be All You Can Be

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Anna - Be All You Can Be

 

Forward - by Kim Proven,  LETi Chair

Thank you Anna for the three articles below.

Children learn,  discover and practice skills while at school and experience many other aspects of life that they enjoy. Surely it is as important and useful to experience subjects or tasks that they are not so fond of. You could argue that all experiences are positive and useful as they help us to choose future paths for life at work and play and to build relationships with other people.   Adults are living proof that early  education and experiences for young people can lead to future careers as well as life time hobbies and friendships.

We applaud Strathyre pupil Anna Mchedliani for sharing examples of her talents, experiences and interests in robotics,  drama, singing and writing.

Anna's artices were written in Year of Young People 2018 for "The Villagers"  community news for Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans.   One of  Anna's articles  caught the attention of a  regional politician who was inspired to write an encouraging letter of his appreciation.

While asking Anna for permission to share her stories,  I took the opportunity to ask if she had any thoughts about a future path. "Do you think that you might follow on to become a scientist, engineer, journalist, or actress?" I asked.  Anna replied immediately.  "I want to be a lawyer", she said without hesitation.

Well, it's early days and Anna has much to experience on her life's journey but there is no doubt that a clever girl,  who is able to write well and perform in public is already learning,  improving skils and gaining experiences that will be useful should she decide to pursue a carreer in the legal profession.

Thank you to Anna for her enthusiasm in supporting joint requests for #YOYP2018 stories from Loch Earn Tourism Information in collaboration with "The Villagers" news.  I am proud of our village communities and local schools, where young people learn from and teach adults!

 

Rock Bottom by Anna Mchedliani 

My name is Anna and I took part in Strathyre Primary School’s Summer Show. It was called Rock Bottom and was about a stone age boy called Bobby Cobblestone (“BC” for short!) who wanted to be an inventor.

In the story he met a caveman celebrity called Lady Lava, but he later found out she was an evil villain who just wanted to stay young forever. In the end, she learned her lesson as she was turned into a baby!

My part in the school show was as the character Juan One, who was a Mexican caveman, one of three amigos. My brother was a “growler”,  a type of caveman who only could growl instead of talk.

There were a lot of things I liked in the school play. I liked the silly jokes and funny phrases. My favourite part in the play was when we had to pull silly expressions on stage. There were lots of songs and my favourite song was called “Spell on You” which we sang at the very end. I also liked dressing up as a caveman with a sombrero, and I thought everyone else’s costumes looked amazing too!

Overall it was a very funny play and I can’t wait till our next school show!

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STEM - Robotics Competition by Anna Mchedliani  

My name is Anna and I go to Strathyre Primary School.  A few weeks ago our school entered a robotics competition at McLaren High School for the STEM festival.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. My team was made up of five people.

For the festival our teachers taught us how to do coding in school.  At the STEM festival the tasks we had to do were to build a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot that could complete five tasks. We managed to programme four tasks and our team came in 3rd place!

There was an extra challenge which was to programme our robot to go up 3 different steep ramps. Our robot managed to go up every ramp perfectly and so for that we came in 2nd place!

Overall it was a fun day. We got to see lots of stalls which were showing the projects of different McLaren High School pupils. We even got to go into an escape room based on the design of an ancient Egyptian tomb.

There was also a poster competition for robot designs, and two of Strathyre Primary School’s pupils came in 1st and 2nd place.

Everyone really enjoyed the festival and I hope we can take part in it next time!

I  received this letter after my last contribution to The Villagers (our local newspaper for Balquidder Lochearnhead Strathyre and St Fillans community villages)  and that has inspired me to continue to write reports!

 

Annas letter

 

 Choir Occasional by Anna Mchedliani  

My name is Anna and I go to Strathyre Primary School. I go to choir on a Thursday night with my grandmother Maida. I go to choir because I really love singing. The choir is held in Balquhidder Village Hall at 7:30 and the person who teaches us the songs and leads the choir is called Gill.

We sit in a semicircle, going from low voices to high voices. Sometimes we sing different parts of a song, and I sing in the descant. I like the first part of the session because we do humming and it’s quite calm, quiet and shallow music. We do this to warm up our singing voices. Then, after we warm up we sing actual songs.

We are always learning new songs. My favourite calm song is Walking in the Air by Howard David Blake. Most people know the song because it’s in The Snowman. I like it because it makes me feel excited about Christmas. I also can’t wait to make a snowman this winter as soon as it snows! My favourite upbeat song which we sing in the other half of the session is called Love and Freedom by Mary Brooksbank.

Sometimes we have a visiting teacher who does fun singing exercises with us. We also learn quite traditional Scottish songs, even in Scots! One of the old Scots songs we have sung is Hushaba Ma Bairnie, which is about fishing. Sometimes I find songs like these quite difficult to pronounce, but we all manage it in the end.

Another thing that I love about choir is that, as a treat, in the middle of the session we have a little break where the adults can have tea and coffee and we can all have some yummy scrummy cake and biscuits!

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NB:  Anna is the granddaughter of Maida and Clan Chief Donald MacLaren of MacLaren. Read more about the ancient history of Anna's family here http://www.robroycountry.com/daniel-maclaurin.html  

 YOYP2018 
  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  3. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  4. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  5. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
  6. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul.
  7. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfers

 

Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive

Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive

My name is Eva Woodward. I am 12 years old.

My Gran and Papa live in Balquhidder Station. My Papa (Trevor Woodward) is a member at St Fillans Golf Club and so am I.

Our family have a golf outing every year and I wanted to play in that for as long as I can remember. I played in my first at Bamburgh GC in 2016 and played again at Crieff GC last year. I'm determined to be the youngest winner of the Cup.

I got my first 2 golf clubs when I was nearly 4 years old, in 2009 - a putter and a 9 iron. I started getting group lessons a couple of years later.

My first coach in Newcastle, Nikki Hunter, was brilliant and she gave out lollies for the best effort every week. Later, I was coached by Sally Hinton at Close House - another great role model. Under Sally I qualified for the Footjoy Skills Challenge Regional Finals in 2014 and the same year also earned a place on the Northumberland County Golf Partnership Academy Programme.

We moved to Scotland in 2015 and I started playing the Stephen Gallacher Foundation flag events. I won the first one that I played in and that was great. It made me want to play in more and more. These are a brilliant way into golf competitions for young golfers. If he isn't on tour, Stephen is at the events and is really encouraging to all of us.

Stephen's team that run the events are awesome and provide tips and coaching. Jane Connachan is one of the coaches and I also get lessons from Jane. She is my third great female golf coach, a Curtis Cup player at age 16! Lots of clubs don't have many girl members but there are always girls to play with at these events. I played my first Stephen Gallacher Finals Day in 2015.

I got my full competitive handicap last year and this year I have played in lots of Junior Open competitions including at St Fillans where I finished second in the handicap competition.

I am loving my golf this year. As well as St Fillans, I am a member at Linlithgow and have joined the Stirling & Clackmannan County Ladies' Golf Association and was reserve with the junior team. I have also joined the East of Scotland Girls Golfing Association and played in their competitions this year.

I am in S2 now and have also just started on the West Lothian Excellence in School Sport Golf Programme and get coaching and practice sessions twice a week.

I am still playing in the Stephen Gallacher Foundation events but it is stroke play now. I will be at finals day again this year and I qualified for the Race to Dunbar finals which is based on finishing in the top ten order of merit for the season.

I stay with my Gran and Papa quite often during school holidays and it is great to be able to golf with Papa at St Fillans. I also like cycling with Papa along the cycle paths to Lochearnhead and Strathyre and trying to beat my big cousins on the putting green at Callander.

We stayed at Crieff Hydro a couple of times last year and as well as the golf I really enjoyed horse riding and messing about in the pool and on the trampolines.

Eva Woodward

Inspire Next Generation Players

What an inspiring Year of Young People 2018 story from Eva, a young lady to look out for in the future as she continues to develop her handicap and enter competitions. Her passion, dedication, skill, continuous learning and enjoyment for the game comes across, whether she is competing to win or having fun with her family.

There could be someone who was born to enjoy golf in your family. How will they know without experiencing the game? Are you aware that St Fillans Golf Club invites under 18's to play free of charge with an accompanying, paying adult? The club will even lend you a half set of clubs if you phone to book in advance.

St Fillans GC hosted Junior Coaching with PGA Pro Ryan Scott this year on September 1st, and it is encouraging to hear that 11 juniors took part. Who knows, the next Carly Booth, Sandy Lyle or Eva Woodward could be living under your roof.

Come on mum's and dad's - let your young ones experience a round of golf. They might even be lucky enough to bump into Eva at St Fillans or other Perthshire Golf Courses to ask for some helpful tips or invest in her autograph. www.st-fillans-golf.com/ Tel: 01764 685312

  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  3. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  4. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  5. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
  6. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul.

 

Kay's Winter Wonderland

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Kay in Winter Wonderland

Enjoying The Great Glen Ogle Outdoors

Kay in winter wonderlandDon't panic!  This is not the September forecast, though these photographs of 12 year old Lochearnhead resident Kay Drysdale, are a reminder of the dramatic winter past. 

LETi is celebrating Year of Young People 2018, so thank you, to Morrisons Academy pupil Kay, for letting us share these images of her enjoying the incredible wonders that nature can create during a cold spell. Who would have guessed that these impressive stalactites were on our doorstep along the old Glen Ogle railway line, which is now Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 and part of The Rob Roy Way.  

Humans have a tendency to mutter when they "can't" get outside due to inclement weather.  I bet Kay's pet dog would never complain at the opportunity for an outdoor adventure.  If we wear warm protective clothing and are able to get out, what is stopping us?  Look what we might be missing.  

The snow is picturesque and enables great; photography, sledging, skiing, snow sculpture, snow ball fights and more.  The rain ensures different sounds and smells and waterfalls are even more dramatic. The landscape and resident wildlife changes, as does the light. The wind is often invigorating and can leave us with that rosy glow of contentment.

Kay's picture is a timely reminder for locals and holiday makers, that the outdoors can be enjoyed all year round and shared with family and friends.  You could employ the skills of our local experts.  Alan Sneddon, offers Hidden Glen Landrover Safaris around Balquhidder and Andrea Hudspeth of Aquila Ecology in St Fillans can organise a bespoke walking tour in search of flora and fauna in any season. 

Kay in winter wonderland

This is a good time for tourists and family friends to book a winter break in our villages, from September 2018 through to April 2019.  Please share our 4 village accommodation website www.robroycountry.com.  One email reaches all LETi accommodation owners direct and saves users time hunting for availability. 

There are many reasons to enjoy digital technology in winter in the warmth and safety of our homes. Some of us might be missing out though, if we don't use our phones and tablets to capture precious family moments as Kay and her family have done whilst enjoying the great outdoors together.  

Thanks to Kay and parents Joanna and Andrew Drysdale for allowing us to share these photographs.  Just looking at the images would have helped us all to cool down during the recent hot spell. Keep them handy in case of an Indian Summer! 

It's well documented that fresh air and exercise can be good for the body, mind and soul. So, a big thank you to Kay, for helping to inspire the next generation of outdoor fun and health enthusiasts.

 

 

 

 

Other local  YOYP2018 stories

  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  3. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  4. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  5. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
  6. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfers
  7. Careers and hobbies -Anna Be All You Can Be -experience, learn, question and enjoy life and learning

School Girls Tell BLiSS Stories

School Girls Tell BLiSS Stories on LETi's Geotourist Smartphone Audio Tour

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Abby from McLaren High SchoolRuby adventurer

A new audio tour has brought BLiSS trail art and architecture to life including contributions from young villagers Abby Todd (14) and Ruby Douglas (7) during this Year of Young People 2018

BLiSS trail has won three awards for working together and innovation, including the coveted Scottish National Thistle Award. 

Building a reputation as a forward thinking and collaborative holiday destination group, LETi's latest partnership is with Geotourist, a GPS based travel app enabler for audio tours on smartphones. 

McLaren high school pupil Abby Todd tells the story of the Miniature Mill house in her home village Strathyre. Lochearnhead based Ruby Douglas who goes to Strathyre primary school,  tells the story of Thistle The Heilan Coo at the Broch Cafe, encouraged by her mum Sarah and by the promise of a Mentos sweetie for completing the task! 

Year of Young People 2018 represents young talent under the age of 26. LETi also recorded the voice of 22 year old art degree student Shayna McLean from Perth College UHI for The Three Sisters sculpture on Loch Earn as well as stories from two young architects.

The community is represented by Andrea Hudspeth of Aquila Ecology,, Alan Sneddon of Hidden Glen Safaris,  Graeme Courtney of Kingshouse Travel, , Gus Cameron of Lochside Cottages Lochearnhead,, Emma Richards of Strathyre Village Shop and Post Office, , Sheridan Adams of Airlie House BandB and ice cram parlour, b and, me (Kim Proven) of Briar Cottages.  Also "The Villagers" design talent - Gill Waugh.   

Other partners include artists Kev Paxton, June McEwen and Lynne Schroder. Also, Cosmo Blake and Laura White on behalf of Sustrans Scotland Cycle Charity and Charlie Croft, - Tourism Advisor at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.  

VisitScotland hopes that the Geotourist global audio tour will encourage even more visitors to explore and spend time in the region by following the innovative trail in the heart of Rob Roy Country.

Kim Proven,  Chair of the Loch Earn Tourist Information Group said: "Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) businesses and communities are incredibly proud of their regional and national Scottish Thistle Awards for BLiSS trail innovation and working together. Our latest collaboration with Geotourist has been fun in the making and it enhances the BLiSS trail story further.  The new audio tour helps LETi to improve its BLiSS trail attraction, plot the trail's naturally beautiful location on the world map and talk to global audiences via mobile app and GPS technology. Geotourist - an innovative audio guide enabler - has given us the opportunity to collaborate with sculptors, students, business members and other partners who have recorded unique stories surrounding the art installations. 

Listen to a range of speakers including pupils and students aged 7 to 26 who volunteered to contribute in celebration of this tourism Year of Young People 2018.  We look forward to welcoming more visitors to see our award winning innovative art trail and now to hear a variety of fascinating BLiSS trail stories too." 

Shaon Talukder, CEO at Geotourist said: “"The celebrated BLiSS trail tour is an important addition to the Geotourist map. The Geotourist BLiSS trail tour underpins the opportunities that exist when communities with a common goal come together - and as this is how the BLiSS trail came into being, we're delighted to see the trail tour extend across the Loch Earn region and Rob Roy Country, taking in the communities of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, St. Fillans and Strathyre. 

“Driven by the inimitable Kim Proven, Kim intuitively understands how individuals and small businesses can work together to create something where there was nothing. A true gift from the community that brings smiles to locals and visitors alike. In this case, the BLiSS trail and physically draws visitors through the region ensuring that they can access all the sculpture and public art as a whole piece, while the Geotourist trail tour means that people can digitally immerse themselves in the tour, whether they are right in front of any of the pieces or on the other side of the world and listen to the stories in many cases shared by the artists themselves or local community members involved in the project. We are delighted that BLiSS won the Thistle and truly enjoy working with Kim, as we do with all the regional Thistle winners. Making great things happen is worthwhile and always easier through collaboration and we are proud to share all of their stories."  

Neil Christison Regional Director at VisitScotland, said: “The BLiSS trail is a fantastic asset to tourism in the area and we hope this complimentary audio trail will inspire visitors to enjoy the fun and exciting installations along the trail as well as explore the surrounding area.

“Scotland’s reputation as a quality destination relies on continued investment and innovation, which is celebrated by the Scottish Thistle Awards, and trails such as this will only strengthen our world-class visitor experience.”

To follow and hear the BLiSS trail tour on your smartphone download https://itunes.apple.com/ua/app/geotourist/id948290494 for Apple and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mlsdev.geotourist for Android then open the BLiSS trail tour. Each recording lasts from 1 to 3 minutes. To listen from a computer go to https://geotourist.com/tours/2040.

Try the free app on your local BLiSS trail installations and hear what guest speakers like Abby and Ruby have to say. Please share this information with friends and family around the world.

Ruby on the BLiSS trail with Drovers Bho

Other local YOYP2018 Stories

  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  3. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  4. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  5. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul
  6. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfers
  7. Careers and hobbies -Anna Be All You Can Be -experience, learn, question and enjoy life and learning

 

EEP Tomorrow's Engineers

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EEP Tomorrow's Engineers -

Celebrating Matthew and the Robotics Challenge Team

by Vivien Murray

Robotics

 Proud winners Matthew and the McLaren High Team

Matthew is 12 years old and is currently in his first year at McLaren High School in Callander, having previously attended Strathyre Primary School. Matthew has always had a wide range of interests from collecting fossils, playing keyboard, Maths and science subjects.

Matthew and three of his fellow 1st year friends, formed a team to enter the 'EEP Tomorrow's Engineers  Robotics Competition' which is a UK wide schools competition for 11 to 14 year olds sponsored by the RAF and Rolls Royce.

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After winning the school competition, they went on to win the Forth Valley Regional Final which then qualified them for the national final on the 16th of March at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the Big Bang Fair.

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The boys flew down to Birmingham for the UK final with two of their teachers and competed in a number of rounds including a speed bot challenge, presentations and their robot having to manoeuvre around a challenge board completing various tasks.

At the rewards ceremony at the end of the day, various prizes came and went with no mention of them until the announcement of the overall winners which turned out to be McLaren High!

The boys were given a prize of a model Spitfire along with a rucksack of goodies.

The four boys have also been invited to share their experiences at the Robotics Challenges at other local Primary Schools.

Matthew also plays keyboard and has been taught by local music teacher Marc Fallen. Matthew and the other pupils Marc teaches are going to perform at the Killin Music Festival in June.

Matthew also has Asperger's Syndrome. As a family we chat about strategies to help Matthew negotiate situations that he may find difficult for him, but also his Asperger's helps him focus and concentrate on logical solutions to daily life issues.

Winning theses competitions has been a huge achievement for Matthew and the other three boys.

We are very proud of him.  Matthew often quotes Mrs McDonald, the Head Teacher at Strathyre Primary School saying  "It's Team Work That Makes The Dream Work". This proved correct for this team!

 

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Matthews mum Vivien shared the following information which may be helpful to other children and families:

"Matthew attends PLUS Stirling Forth Valley Ltd. This is a fantastic organisation with one to one guidance. They help children have fun, i.e. bowling, canoeing, cycling.  They also offer practical learning experiences e.g. they might pay for a train ticket themselves, go to Asda, buy food and get the train back to Stirling. Life skill days can also be cooking and baking. The children are able to attend one activity a month."

"Wheels Cycling Centre just outside Callander, is also fantastic. The company offers a range of specially adapted bikes for any disability. The chap that owns it, is an angel. Nothing is too much bother, he is so helpful and kind. Its great to have this facility on our door step."

 

Other Local YOYP2018 stories

 

 

 

  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  3. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  4. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
  5. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul.
  6. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfers
  7. Careers and hobbies -Anna Be All You Can Be -experience, learn, question and enjoy life and learning

 

Mini Stuc' 2018

Mini Stuc' 2018 in Year of Young People

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Ready steady go....and the boys are off 

Mini Stuc' is an event worth celebrating and according to runners from the participating rural Stirling schools, it was well worth taking part in. 

Mini Stuc' was trialled in 2017 by the adult Stuc A Chroin hill race committee, in partnership with Active Stirling
 
In the first year, 40 pupils took part, from village schools surrounding Strathyre Primary School in the host village of Strathyre . This year the committee decided to make this an annual event launching in Year of Young People 2018. 
 
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 Go Girls!....

 
An incredible 70 primary 4 -7 pupils entered from Aberfoyle, Callander, Crianlarich, Doune, Gartmore, Killin, Port of Menteith, Kincardine in Menteith, Thornhill and Strathyre Schools.
 
The cross country course, starting from the Strathyre tennis courts, is a little over a mile. Medals were awarded to the first three runners over the finishing line in the boys and girls races. A trophy was presented to the winning school. 
 
This is a fantastic event thanks to the collaboration amongst the Stuc A Chroin race committee, volunteer marshalls,  sponsors ( Sula Furnishing and Davey Allan of Thomas Allan plumbers), local businesses, parents, teachers and Active Stirling. 
 
The Stuc A Chroin committee organise fund raising events all year round, in order to stage the mini and adult races. This is an incredible achievement for a small Stirlingshire village in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. 
 
The school winners trophy was decided by calculating the positions of the fastest three runners from all participating schools. 

And here are the results for May 4th 2018... 

Girls 

1st                      Mary Keely -           Doune PS      1st Place Medal on Emojipedia 11.1 

 

2nd                    Elizabeth Woods -  Aberfoyle PS Image result for MEDALS EMOJI SILVER

 

 3rd                     Niamh McKinlay  - Aberfoyle PS   Image result for MEDALS EMOJI BRONZE

 

Mini Stuc girls winners

 

 

Boys

1st                     Ossian de Arkotxa Dougall - Strathyre PS  1st Place Medal on Emojipedia 11.1

 

2nd                   Tom Campbell - Callander PS                     Image result for MEDALS EMOJI SILVER

 

3rd                   Tyler Gibson - Strathyre PS                            Image result for MEDALS EMOJI BRONZE

 

 

Mini Stuc boys winners 

Winning School Trophy:  Aberfoyle Primary School         Related image

 

 

A HUGE congratulations to all the runners,  as every one of them ran their best.  

 

CHILDRENS APPLAUSE

 mini stuc girl

 

Medals only go to the top three boys and girls, however everyone finished and ran a fantastic race. 

 

There was a real buzz of energy and excitement before and after the race and adult on-lookers were extremely proud and impressed.

 

Hopefully, those who are still at Primary school next year will return to try and beat their own targets.

 

   

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Interviews:

 

 I had great fun chatting to some of the athletes. They shared their reasons for entering the race and told me about other sports that they enjoy. Here is what some of the young athletes said:
 
  • Michael, 10 and Calum 9 told me that this was their first time running at Mini Stuc', competing on behalf of Gartmore Primary School
  • Port of Menteith's Greg, 10, Owen 8 and Dara 8 told me that they love football too and that they run a mile a day!
  • When I asked Mirren 10 from Doune Primary why she entered she said "For the fun" She also does cross country, loves Highland dancing and swimming.
  • Killin Primary told me  "we were chosen to run by teacher Mr Waugh from class 3"   Innes 10, Leah 11, Lily 10 and Fergus 11 like running and cross country "because its healthy"  "We are in the kilometer club at school" they said.
  • 10 year old Connie from Doune loves cross country and she volunteered to take part in the Mini Stuc' race.  Mary 11 said that she was ill last year and could not enter so this year she wanted to " give it a go".  Ailidh 10 also volunteered to take part. She enjoys cross country and hockey.
  • Local Strathyre Primary School told me about their Kilometre Club. "We run after lunch time, three days a week, weather permitting"  11 year old Freya enjoys many sports like running,  trampolining, gymnastics, football and cycling though told me "running is my favourite" 

 

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Medal Ceremony

I am chair of the Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) group and it was my honour to present the medals, certificates and  trophy.   In my speech I mentioned Year of Young People 2018. I told the enthusiastic participants that they were worth celebrating as they are Very Important People.  I explained my reason.  Young people of today are our future. I suggested that they listened. observed and learned as much as they could from teachers and parents and to remember that adults can learn from them too. 
 
I wondered if some of the pupils might run in the adult race one day... or return to their villages to run a business, organise the Stuc A Chroin Hill Race, become Chair of LETi or take Claire's job at Active Stirling. 
 
I wondered if some might return on holiday one day to take their families for a meal or to use the cycle paths, golf courses and forest walks. 
 
I wondered if the future Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, marathon runners and olympians might be standing before me....or even the future Prime Minister. 
 
Children are our future and from where I was standing,  in front of healthy, happy, enthusIastic young people....the future of our local villages and the world looks very bright indeed!  
 

Stirlingshire Primary School Runners in the News 

Local children, their parents, teachers and head teachers of all schools should be very proud.  Recent news articles have been reporting on the mental and physical health benefits of running 15 minutes per day. 

An experiment by a Stirlinghsire Primary School teacher at St Ninians,  has influenced a wave of regular running around the world.

Many of the Mini Stuc A Chroin runners told me that they have Kilometre clubs at school where they get out and run between classes several times a week. 

Three cheers to Stirling for leading the way and inspiring others.


Mini Stuc 1

 Strathyre Primary School are proud of their Kilometre Club. 

              Claire Peebles active Stirling                 Wullie Dalziel               Catriona from SULA and Angus Cameron

                          Claire Peebles                                                 Wullie Dalziel                         Catriona MacGeoch + Angus  Cameron        

Three cheers for Claire Peebles, Active Schools Co-ordinator in the McLaren Learning Community.

What a terrific job from Claire and her team  Claire contacted all of the local schools and recruited the children for Mini Stuc' and she helped with the course set up and time keeping. Active Stirling also supplied the medals and podium for the event.

Local man and committee member Wullie Dalziel worked with Claire. He arranged for the volunteer Marshalls, catering services and secured a new school winners trophy, funded by The Stuc A Chroin race committee. 

Catriona MacGeoch of SULA Furnishing in Strathyre, is a Stuc A Chroin race committee member,  race sponsor and marshalled at this event. She is photographed here with her pet blonde Labrador helper Cara.

Catriona is standing beside Angus Cameron of Lochside Cottages Lochearnhead. Angus is President of the BLS Highland Games  ,a member of the BLS Community Council and Killin Mountain Rescue team too. He was helped by his pet black labrador Pip. 

I wonder if any of the young people running in Mini Stuc' 2018 will take over their community jobs, businesses and voluntary services one day?

Mini Stuc' Future Runners?

Delightful twins Joseph and Jacob felt a bit left out after seeing their hero's warming up for the race. 

When it was safe for their dad to let them go from the confines of their push chair, the twins made a bee line for the podium.   I think that they are predicting their future medal positions for Mini Stuc A Chroin 2025 in the photograph below.  What do you think of their chances?

Twins confined to pram    Twins at Mini Stuc podium

 

Race predictions -mini stuc

Primary School Team Fun 

After the race, all runners, visitors and helpers got tucked into hundreds of sandwiches made by Teresa Allan and team. There were drinks and hot beverages too.  The food was donated by May and Steve from the nearby Munro Inn

Thank you to everyone for inviting me and for collaborating to make this a fun and inspiring event in the beautiful setting of Strathyre. 

To the children of our future - keep running for fun and thank you very much for a great day!

Kim Proven -  Chair of The Loch Earn Tourism Information group - www.robroycountry.com

Three cheers

 Three cheers for the runners " Hip Hip Hooray! Hip hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!

Other local YOYP2018 Stories 

  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  3. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  4. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
  5. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul.
  6. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfers
  7. Careers and hobbies -Anna Be All You Can Be -experience, learn, question and enjoy life and learning

 

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby

 Ruby, Ruby, Ruby

- Introducing Ruby Douglas -

An almost 7 year old; adventurer, artist, outdoor action girl, gardner, explorer and inspiration.

Mountains near Monachyle Mhor

Artist Ruby Draws from the Surrounding Landscape  

A big thanks to Ruby and her mum Sarah Douglas for sharing the drawing above and photo gallery of  some of Ruby's regular adventures and activities in #Robroycountry.  

Ruby drew the above picture at Monachyle Mhor in Balquhidder, whilst spectating at The Hidden Glen 10k running event. The lovely drawing also appears on the front cover of The BLS Villagers Newspaper for May 2018, in LETi's Year of Young People monthly column. 

 

Ruby drawing

This photo shows Ruby in creative contentment, expressing her version of the hills around Monachyle Mhor with paper and pencils.  Thank you Ruby for sharing your lovely drawing.  

#YOYP2018 celebrates 8-26 year olds that live in Scotland.  Strathyre Primary School girl Ruby will be 7 this year, however, LETi is happy to show off any young artist of the future, who is inspired by the magic of our village landscapes.

                       

                       Ruby Drawing

Ruby

 

Adults often moan about young people spending too much time on digital devices. There are many fantastic reasons to have them e.g. learning and global communication. The world has evolved to depend on digital technology. Future jobs will require knowledge of devices, skills in digital media and application writing - never mind the Robotics Era that is looming.

Having said all that,  how refreshing and encouraging to see all the things that Ruby get's up to. Experiences that will enrich her life learning and health.    

             
               Ruby Style 

 

The world is full of wonderful things to do, try, hear, see, taste, smell and touch.

Ruby gardener

That is how people have learned about life from the beginning of time. 

Ruby seems to be in touch with her senses. 

Ruby and her mum look like they enjoy trying new things and exploring new places. 

They also turn up to support local events in the community.                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                                                              Ruby the Gardener

What else is on Ruby's bucket list?   

Maybe she will write or illustrate the book "Ruby's Adventures" some day or direct the film. 

Ruby adventurer

                                                                                 Ruby The Explorer

Whatever Ruby experiences next or chooses to do with her life, we hope that she never loses her sense of adventure and that sunny smile.                                                         

Ruby drawing 2

  

   

Ruby on the BLiSS trail

 Ruby & Friends on The BLiSS Art Trail - Drover's Bho Strathyre                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                                                                Ruby's Forest Adventures                                            Ruby and Mum on Top of The World

Ruby mountain climbing

                                                                                              

 Ruby cycling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ruby Cycling

Ruby Castle Hunter  and  Rock Climber 

Ruby and Sarah

Ruby rock climber 

                                                                                                          Ruby and her Mum Together Enjoying This Colourful World

Ruby rainbow

Other local YOYP2018 stories

  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  3. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  4. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
  5. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul
  6. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfers

Midnight Meadows by Iona Clark, age 9

Celebrating creative writing in #YOYP2018

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We love this contribution folloing our request to local primary school's to share creative writing.  Iona Clark is 9 and she lives in the community of St Fillans on Loch Earn.  Enjoy!

Midnight Meadows

by Iona Clark, age 9, St Fillans - 20.2.2018

Iona Clark

I skip along side the Loch,trying to ignore all the points and stares aimed towards me. I mean I get this every evening, but I still wonder at the humans rudeness! ''HELLO! Don't you know it is rude to point?'' (I doubt it.)

I dance along a bit more until I am completely fed up of ,''look Mummy, there is a doe!'' I am a STAG! NOT a doe!

Anyway I am so fed up with humans, I decide to take the short cut.

The only problem is that the short cut is that it is on the other side of the Loch (you know, the massive lake?). Meaning I have to jump over the LOCH! I know it sounds fun (as if), but this is seriously dramatic  (seriously). It is easy for the Loch to tempt a deer to death. I take a moment to think. this Loch is gonna have a its work cut if it thinks I am just another victim! I take a deep breath and leap into the air. I arch my legs in the air (like the horses on TV) and try NOT to scream. A moment later I am back on solid earth and doing victory leaps. Now I can see my destination clearly and I take it at a gallop. I jump over fence and land in the meadow. Bang on time. I trot to a spare space and lie down. The moon is right in the middle of the sky. Midnight. A Midnight meadow.

 

 Other local yoyp2018 stories

  1. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  2. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  3. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  4. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app -available to download on a smart phone
  5. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul.
  6. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfersYOYP18 Logo RGB jpg

LETi BLiSS Future programme YOYP2018

 Look Forward To A BLiSS Future

Balquhidder    Lochearnhead    LETi logo GREYSCALE 2  Strathyre    St Fillans

BLiSS Future Stories 

 Read these wonderful contributions from young people in our communities who represent a variety of talents, interests and abilities. 

  1. Creative Writing: Midnight Meadows by 9 yearl Old Iona Clark from St Fillans
  2. Art and Adventure: Ruby Ruby Ruby Adventures of Strathyre Primary pupil Ruby Skye Douglas
  3. Sports for Health: Mini Stuc' 2018 - Annual race featuring 1km club primary school children from rural Stirling schools that surround Strathyre Primary School
  4. Robotics Technology - EEP Tomorrows Engineers -  Matthews logical mind helps the team of 4 win the UK trophy
  5. Storytelling -   School Girls Tell BLiSS stories on the new GPS enabled Geotourist world tour app - available to download on a smart phone
  6. Outdoor adventure -Kays Winter Wonderland in Glen Ogle  - The great outdoors are good for the body, mind and soul.
  7. Golf heroine -  Eva, A Young Golfer With Drive - inspiring young lady golfers
  8. Community performance - Anna, Be All You Can Be - experience of a lifetime 

Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) helped to show off local talent aged 8 to 26 in the villages of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans during national tourism "Year of Young People 2018" with its BLiSS Future programme '#BLiSSfuture.and we plan to continue building a relationship going forward. 

The government and Visit Scotland led initiative aimed to; provide a platform for young people to have their views heard and acted upon, showcase the amazing talents of young people through events and media, develop better understanding, co-operation and respect between generations and recognise the impact of teachers, youth workers and other supporting adults on young people’s lives.

Young people all over Scotland planned opportunities and actioned programes to express themselves through culture, sport and other activities under the theme headings of

  • Participation
  • Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Equality and Discrimination
  • Enterprise and Regeneration
  • Culture

LETi talked with members of the community and external partners hoping to engage with young minds. Hopefully some young residents will remain or return to our villages one day to;  set up businesses, ensure the continuaton of annual events, represent us at community council meetings, edit The Villagers newspaper, chair LETi and take over other tasks that keep our communities and economy going - whether for income or as a volunteer.

Projects for our award winning tourism group included encouraging young guests to write tourism reports and stories in our community newspaper "The Villagers" monthly, collating poems describing favourite aspects of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans for digital publication.

We also worked with GeoTourist the world travel app enablers to produce an audio trail of the Scottish Thistle Award winning BLiSS trail of art installations including 8-26 year old's who recorded voice over descriptions that are audible when visiting the sculptures at their GPS locations.

We promoted young people at events like; mini Stuc a Chroin, the BLS Highland Games, The Strathyre Music Festival. 

More importantly, we spoke to Strathyre's  headmistress about a legacy and future collaboration between our tourism members and young pupils in the community. 

Find out more about YOYP2018 here http://yoyp2018.scot/. Young people took part in Scottish Parliament and Young Scot Ambassadors were en elected in every region of Scotland.

We aimed to encourage young people in our communities to

  • take part and engage on national YOYP2018 programmes
  • work with teachers at local primary and high schools,
  • Provide, drawings, poems, video's, photo's to LETi's to promote on-line
  • feature your story in The Villagers newspaper
  • Send us other ideas; let's work together and learn from each other.

LEGACY

Young people in our communities should not just be the subject of our attention for a celebration year, LETi sees this as the start of something positive.  We are delighted to announce that we will continue working with Strathyre Primary School to collaborate on tourism  professions and businesses in the area. Members of LETi have already commited their time to present to the children in school or to invite them to their place of work with teachers and or parents as relevant.throughout 2019.  

NB: BLiSS stands for Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans with the i in the middle representing the international Tourist Information symbol and innovation..

Visit Loch Earn Tourism Information at www.robroycountry.com. If you have a tourism related business within our villages and would like to join LETi, contact: Kim Proven, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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