10th June 2015 – Kenyan Connections at the Shieling Project
A group of Kenyan teachers and community leaders, led by Mr Samuel Poses Sekeu, visited the Shieling Project on Sunday. They were over in Scotland as part of an exchange organised by Crofting Connections and NECOFA Kenya School Gardens Initiative, called Kenyan Connections.
We had a fantastic afternoon sharing insights from our respective countries – looking at the challenges and rewards of strengthening culture and heritage education. We shared food from both countries and stories involving cattle: the wars they started, their shielings full of magical beasts and the moral lessons of looking after the land.
2nd June 2015 – Article on the Shieling Project
The Shieling Project is featured in this months ‘Teaching Scotland’ the magazine of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. The article looks at our teacher training programme – professional recognition in Learning for Sustainability – and talks with the teachers involved and their pupils.
Click here to go to the article
A quote from the article: “The shieling theme allows children to steer learning as well. Really hearing their voices and what they feel is important has been fantastic as a headteacher”.
23rd May 2015 – Second group of teachers starts the professional recognition programme
We have a new group of teachers working with the project for the next year. They will be developing their teaching and leadership skills around the theme of Learning for Sustainability. At the end of the year they will get accreditation by both the General Teaching Council and the University of the Highlands and Islands. But for now, we started the course with a trek out to the old shieling site, looking at place-naming, stories, poems of spring, simple shelters past and present, and ways of creating change in school culture. Each teacher will be starting an exciting piece of work with the Shieling Project, bringing their pupils out here to get hands on and involved in our development. Watch this space to see some of the work they do…
10th May 2015 – The Shieling Project gets ready for full planning permission
Building on our fantastic designs, developed with local schools and Northwoods Construction, we are close to submitting our full planning permission. We have a couple of last pieces of work to do looking at the water levels at the site. We have met with, and gained feedback from, lots of departments at the Highland Council, and it will be great to get the ball rolling on our wonderful camp site buildings
1st May 2015 – Moving in!
Having working closely on the renovation with our landlords, and received a lot of help from our friends and family, the staff accomodation – Dunmaglass – is ready for the project to move in to. Now that we are based on site, it will be much easier to work with all our schools and groups…