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Megan Armstrong- Social Media Work Experience- Greenwood Academy

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My name is Megan Armstrong, and I use social media to express myself. The use of social media has been part of my life since joining secondary school as a way to communicate and keep up to date with the larger number of peers I was and still am surrounded by. Since then it has become an important part of everyday life. Social media not only stands for a personal use but a vital part of my school and work.

We took pictures around the site, both exploring and developing our

photographic skills and camera technique.

We admired the landscape around where we worked.

My preferences on social media rely on which platforms I use. I prefer to use Instagram, and Snapchat. The use of photos on both Instagram and Snapchat means I can live in the moment, displaying my everyday life through photographic meaning rather than of words. My general experiences online are good. I’ve never been personally targeted or subjected to hate.

I wanted to work as a social media assistant as I thought it would benefit my online life greatly. Beith Community Trust was the ideal place to do that.  It would open my eyes to employable aspect of these platforms, and help to form a more professional relationship with their uses.

The place itself has a real sense of character, and the work they are undergoing here is truly impressive. I am looking forward to returning soon and seeing the finished product.

This picture was taken on our second day of work experience. It shows the mansion on the premises.

What I have learned?

From the past few days my knowledge and expertise on specific apps has definitely improved. Generally in the use of Eventbrite, Hootsuite, and WordPress. I have discovered the importance of utilising these educational tools to help a project gain momentum and attention. I have learned how to create blogs, using Microsoft Word to create a template. My general use of computers and typing skill has increased, resulting in a more efficient dictation with fewer mistakes. On this date, we created a mock newsletter which proved very good fun. We spent a lot of time, correcting and consolidating our product, and finalised it to a very high and clean standard. It has accommodated for an increase in my confidence, and saw my character more willing to invest in new adventures. My camera skills have improved also. Coming from a background, disconnected from art and photography it has definitely revealed my creative and imaginative side. It has provided for a lot of thinking and exploring also. I only have one day left of Work Experience and I don’t doubt that in such a short space of time I will discover a new aspect of technology. The perks of this job.

My co-worker and friend Gillian who acted as a model for the photographs.

On Wednesday, we unfortunately had other commitments in the form of a School Concert so we only had around 1 hour and a half to spare. In this time, instead of joining in with the cooking we decided to take pictures of the other staff doing so themselves. It actually proved to be great fun!  We then wrote a mock Press Release about our concert.

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Gillian Thorpe – Social Media Assistant Work Experience- Greenwood Academy

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I have been on social media since I was young. I use all social media platforms to express myself and share posts about myself about what I get up to. Social media plays a big part in my life as I use it all throughout the day to check up on what other people are up to. I can connect with my friends outside of school and my extra-curricular activities. My school relies on using social media to advertise events such as concerts and parents evenings to guarantee a successful turnout.

This was one of the pictures I took when I was walking around the grounds on Tuesday.
This a picture of me taken by my co-worker Megan.

My favourite social media platform to use is Instagram because I can express myself through picture form and create a theme that people find ‘aesthetically pleasing’. My Instagram is set to public mode because I find that I have a specific audience that want to see my posts that aren’t people in my close friend group. I have a professional DSLR Canon camera which I often use to take photos. I also help take pictures for my friends for their social media platforms. Although social media is important and plays a big role in people’s lifestyles, I think it is also important to be able to take a break to communicate and live in the moment.

On Wednesday, we unfortunately couldn’t stay for the full day as we had to get back for our school concert but we managed to take some photos of the cooking. Everyone was enjoying getting involved and all the food looked great!  When we came back on Thursday we wrote a mock Press Release about our concert.

Tinkertown

Tinkertown at Beith Astro

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Tinkertown is an inspiring place, a scrap timber village built by children for children (and their families).
Developed in the spirit of authentic ‘Adventure Playgrounds’ and in response to the inaugural Architecture Fringe (Archi-Fringe) Festival, Tinkertown welcomed 200 visitors across four days to the Pollokshields Playhouse in July 2016.

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Chapel Gig

Chapel Gig

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Following the success of previous Chapel Gigs, we are holding our third Chapel Gig on the 1st July in the Old Chapel at Geilsland.  The evening features exciting bands Redwood Ridge (fresh from Eden Festival) with support from The Savalas, Strung out Nights and Stephen Hamilton. 

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June

June

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The year seems to have shot through, feels like only yesterday we celebrated the start of 2017.
And yet summer time is fast approaching, even the weather at times feels more like summer time with the sun shining which at least to me makes you feel more positive.

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poly tunnel

Project Polytunnel: With Doc & Bert

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Doc and Bert attend the plants in the poly tunnel every morning to make sure they are watered and cared for to ensure bountiful crops in a small space! The plants include many kinds of salad leaves, 4 different types of tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers, a wide variety of herbs, carrots, cauliflowers, lemon grass, kales and chards, potatoes, peas, beans and chilli peppers to name but a few!

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Pamper

Pamper, Prosecco & Cream Tea

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Don’t miss your chance for a real pick-me-up on Saturday.
The weekend is nearly here! Fancy a glass of prosecco and a cream tea with a friend in the sunshine? Or maybe the chance to pick up a treatment, a gorgeous scarf or piece of jewellery, or a lovely scented candle. We are hosting another Pamper Day at Geilsland, Beith on Saturday 20th May. Following the success of the last Pamper event on Mother’s Day it is sure to be a busy day and so we are highly recommending that you book your space in advance to guarantee that you get the chance of a beauty treatment too.

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Bug Hotel

Bug Hotel

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What is a bug hotel, well it’s a place for bees, birds, beetles and other creatures to live or take shelter. As just like us, nature has a housing shortage.

Why build a bug house/hotel, well there are three good reasons, firstly for us all there is only so much you can learn in a classroom, through books, videos or TV.  To truly appreciate and understand nature you need to venture outside, use your senses and experience for yourself the wonder of nature. For as the naturalist and conservationist John Muir advocated experiencing and enjoying nature near and far means you are more likely to care and be an ‘active conservationist’.

Secondly in an age of immediacy a bug hotel/home teaches patience in its planning, construction and having to wait days, weeks or months to wait and see what creatures use it plus tweeting occurs outside not online. Read More

Corey cup

Corey Cup 2017

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Corey Cup 2017
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The Corey Cup is an annual school football tournament held in the Garnock Valley for children in P6&7. The tournament is in honour of young Corey Hamilton, who sadly passed away in 2013 after a battle with rhabdoid sarcoma, a kidney cancer aged just 9 years old.  Set up by Corey’s family and Beith Trust in 2014 the event is held annually on Corey’s birthday on 24 March and brings the Garnock Valley schools together in a friendly football competition where the teams compete to win the coveted cup and title.

The 4th annual Corey Cup was a fantastic competition with lots of fun and great football on display Beith Astroturf. The weather was unusually sunny which made the event even better and made it all the more fun for onlookers, parents and classmates to cheer their teams on! As ever the teams were split by organisers Beith Trust into play off groups, resulting with the two group winners playing in thesemi-finals, and then onto a final. Read More

Beith Cycles

Beith Cycles

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Sunday 12th March 11AM — 2PMSunday 12th March 11AM — 2PM Geilsland school, Beith KA15 1HD

Beith cycles is a new initative to encourage the people of Beith to get on their bikes! We want to find out what improvements you think could be made to support cycling and active travel in the area. The goal is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to travel by bike so come along, grab a burger and have your say!

  • Bouncy castle
  • Electric bikes
  • Balance bikes
  • cycle games
  • free bike MOT’S
  • FREE ADMISSION!

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Basic Cooking Course

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Every Wednesday morning we run an “elementary cooking skills course”.

We make starter’s, main course’s & deserts cooking from fresh. Ensuring safe use of kitchen knives, utensils, ovens, hobs and pots and pans. Basically learning to cook & be safe in the kitchen.

Our outcome is to increase basic food preparation skills and increase basic cooking  and presenting skills. Gain awareness of food safety and gain awareness of using safe and hygenic practise.

The course length is 6.5 hours and is certified by REHIS. (Royal enviromental health institute of scotland).

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Animal, Firework & Bach Flower Remedies Workshop

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Jen’s Creative Cake Topper Class

September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mindfulness Course #2

October 10 @ 6:30 pm - November 28 @ 8:30 pm