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Glasgow pupils' creativity shines at exhibition

As part of its Year of Young People 2018 celebrations, the Scottish Qualifications Authority is showcasing the creativity of National 1 and National 2 candidates by arranging a touring exhibition to put the creative talents of young people from across the country firmly in the spotlight. 

Shine is a collection of artwork, creative writing, music, and multimedia projects produced by learners in schools and colleges across Scotland. The pieces are on display as part of an exhibition, which is currently in Glasgow. 

National 1 and National 2 qualifications are set at levels 1 and 2 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and are designed for learners who require additional support in their learning. 

The exhibition can be viewed SWG3, a converted warehouse on the banks of the River Clyde. Students from local schools and colleges have gone along to see their works on display. 

Learners at Hollybrook Academy in Glasgow made and sold items, including Christmas cards, to raise funds for their ‘Hollybrook for Mary’s Meals’ group. Visitors to the exhibition are able to view their creations, which raised over £1,000 for school pupils in Malawi. 

Students from Glasgow’s Linburn Academy have produced artwork inspired by Scotland’s landscape and wildlife that also feature in the Shine collection. Lewis McGregor, Morgan Cowie and Anthony Keogh created the pieces whilst working towards a National 2 Scottish Studies Award. 

Artwork, photography and papier-mâché designs from leaners at Glasgow Clyde College were included in the exhibition. Exhibition attendees are able to listen to a podcast created by students on the level 2 Independent Living course at Glasgow Kelvin College, which is helping those with autism engage in the community. 

The exhibition was launched at Braidburn School in Edinburgh, where John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, viewed the display and congratulated the students. 

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “The Shine exhibition is a fantastic collection which truly highlights the creativity of the young people in schools and colleges right across Scotland. It was a privilege to officially open the showcase before it embarks on a short tour around the country and to experience first-hand the different artwork, creative writing, music and multimedia projects created by National 1 and National 2 candidates. 

“The event truly captured the spirit of the Year of Young People 2018, celebrating the very best of Scotland and its young people, and I would like to congratulate everyone involved on a job well done.” 

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: “Shine is a key part of our Year of Young People 2018 activities, and I am delighted that exhibition is giving the country a chance to appreciate the talents of our National 1 and National 2 learners. These important qualifications provide young people with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills, and to have their achievements certificated. We have been thrilled by the level of encouragement and support we have received from teachers and lecturers who have championed the efforts of the learners. Congratulations to all the students featured in Shine!” 

From Glasgow, the exhibition heads to the new Orchard Brae School in Aberdeen.

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