High-five from Paisley students for an independent learning project


These elementary students received a big high-five for learning more about healthy eating and boosting their confidence.

West Primary P7 pupils have received their Hi5 Awards from Youth Scotland after taking part in an eight-week personal and social development program called Evolve.

Run by Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services team, the program encourages students to raise their voices about what’s important to them and to bring about change in their own communities.

Many said learning how to eat healthy was most important to them and learning how to make their own healthy wraps, fruit skewers and smoothies.

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Youth also participated in arts and crafts, drama and mindfulness activities.

Principal Lynne McGinn said: “You can really see the difference between students working together in small groups. It increased their confidence and self-esteem.

“They feel a sense of accomplishment.”

Young people who participated said the experience made them more confident to go on school trips with their peers and they also made new friends.

One said: “I’m more confident and even less scared going on our residential trip because now I knew I could try new things.”

The Evolve Project is part of a three-year national pilot project funded by CashBack for Communities and is a youth work activity program offered by Renfrewshire Council’s Youth Services team for young people aged 11 at 24 years old.

The program involves personal and social development and social action, supported by mental health and wellness activities.

Evolve started in 2020 and will continue until 2023.

Susan Stewart, who works in the council’s youth services team, said: “The students worked in small groups on the project.

“Over 80 young people have taken part in the program over the past year, including pupils from West Primary and Castlehead High schools.”

The Hi5 award has been rated and leveled by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

To win a Hi5 prize, young people choose a challenge, complete a minimum of five hours of activity, reflect and comment on their accomplishments, and collect evidence of their participation.

West Primary received a certificate stating its name, challenge and special achievements.

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