Pupils and parents help out stranded teachers

TEACHERS at a number of schools were forced to stay overnight after being stranded by the blizzards which swept the area last Monday night.

Among those affected was Clyde Valley High where the serious disruption caused by the dreadful weather conditions left 30 teachers stranded.

However help was on hand thanks to a sledge-convoy of kind-hearted pupils and parents who had heard of the teachers' plight in being marooned because of the treacherous road conditions.

Sixth year pupils Matthew Crichton, Jim Denholm and Ross Fisher were first to arrive with blankets and sleeping bags. No sooner had they left than parents Marie Smith, Carolin Walker, Joan Shillady and Scott Murphy headed three pupil posses dragging sledges laden with more blankets, sleeping bags and provisions.

And the school received more offers of help via phone calls and text messages from parents, pupils and former pupils.

Around 25 members of staff also stayed late at St Aidan's High - some to ensure that all pupils got home safely and the others because their journey home was unadvisable.

All but one of the school's buses managed to get away with pupils arriving home safely.

Full story in December 16 edition of Times & Speaker The last one, which was heading for Shotts, got stuck at Cambusnethan and the pupils had to return to the school, but later, after they had been given hot drinks and snacks, they were able to board the bus again and arrived home safely.

However some members of staff were forced to take refuge in the school overnight but were able to enjoy a hot meal and put the smart boards to good use by watching DVDs and TV.

Throughout the day office staff were inundated with calls from anxious parents and the headteacher, staff and parents praised them for their pleasant and efficient manner in dealing with the calls.

The S4 prelims at the school, scheduled for last Tuesday, were cancelled and will be rescheduled.

And the senior formal dance, which was due to take place in the Crutherland Hotel, East Kilbride, was also postponed because of the weather.

It has been rearranged for January.