Pupils at Kibble’s Goudie Academy in Paisley have used art to showcase the importance of treating people with respect and kindness.

“We are not all in the same boat, but we are in the same storm” celebrates the differences everyone has with a reminder to be kind.

Inspired by a poem of the same name from author Damian Barr and an illustration made by Barbara Kelley, which was first released amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the project involved each pupil and staff member casting and decorating a plaster boat.

The collaborative art project is a visual representation of the support network available at specialist child and youth care charity Kibble and, more specifically, that all young people and staff face different challenges which should be respected and can be faced together.

One of the young people who took part in the project said: “I designed my boat based on the one I sailed on during an adventure trip with Ocean Youth Trust. I now understand how many things you need to think of when sailing a boat – a lifejacket is needed and you need to know how to tie knots and keep the boat clean from salt water. This art project helped us all realise the same is true for life and some people have access to helpful tools that others may not.”

Jim Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer of Kibble said: “We aim to empower young people through education and motivate them to enjoy learning. We are always impressed by the creativity of our young people, especially when it comes to practical skills and artwork. This latest project is one we hope to continue after the summer holidays as it represents a message we are proud to support at Kibble.”

Kibble’s education services provide a highly supportive learning environment for pupils in line with Curriculum for Excellence, aiming to inspire young people and encourage them to believe in themselves. The curriculum provides a breadth of choice and challenge for S1 – S6 pupils with capabilities for young people to achieve national qualifications as well as wider achievement awards.

To find out more about Kibble, visit www.kibble.org.

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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