MISS Jamieson’s P6 class at Golfhill Primary is hard at work painting giant forget-me-nots and yellow sunflowers.

“We are trying out some designs for the garden wall,” explains Sayee Sachin, age 10, artist-in-the-making.

“It’s a lot of fun and we will be helping people too.”

The garden wall in question is at nearby Golfhill Care Home, where the young pupils have been making an impression since they first started visiting last year.

The children spent time chatting to the older residents, swapping stories about their school days and comparing notes on life in Glasgow’s east end, then and now. With support from Tesco community champion Susan Wilson, the Golfhill girls and boys are helping to transform the care home’s garden, painting a colourful (and most probably floral, if Sayee has anything to do with it) mural on the wall and restoring some of the furniture.

“It was brilliant going up to speak to people and listening to their stories,” says Lucas Watson.

The nine-year-old adds: “They spoke about what it was like for them when they were growing up and they didn’t have things like mobile phones and washing machines.

“My great gran talks about things like that too and she is always saying her life was much harder than ours.”

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Ahmed Farah, 10, adds: “It was very interesting. I don’t have my grandparents around any more and so I don’t have anyone to tell me those kinds of old stories any more, so this was good for me.”

Ahmed has hit upon the very heart of the matter – projects like this one bring generations together.

Nicole Jamieson, the class teacher who first approached the care home to set up the project, says it has been a fantastic success.

“We had some great feedback from the residents about the children’s visits, they loved hearing their chat,” she says.

“From the pupils’ point of view, they understood much more about what life was like for the older generation and I think they also realised a bit more about their lives now, too. Some had never heard of care homes before, so this opened their eyes to people with experiences very different from their own.”

Schools have been at the heart of Streets Ahead since we launched our awardwinning community campaign in 2011.

In partnership with Glasgow City Council, City Building and City Charitable Trust, the Evening Times initiative aims to bring neighbours, local businesses, friends and grass-roots groups together to improve the city one street, park, garden and neighbourhood at a time.

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Golfhill Primary is proud of its place in the Dennistoun community, as headteacher Iain Morrow explains.

“As a slightly smaller city school, with 193 pupils, visitors and parents often comment on the community feel of the place, and we are always keen to make connections with our friends and neighbours,” he says.

“We have children from 30 different countries here, from as far afield as Brazil, Afghanistan and Syria, so diversity and tolerance are at the heart of everything we do.”

The school has spent several weeks working with Glasgow City Heritage Trust on creating a walking map for the Dennistoun area.

“The pupils have loved learning more about their community, highlighting historic landmarks and researching the city’s past,” adds Mr Morrow.

“It has been a great experience and lots of fun.”

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