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The Gritter Spitter: naming Gritters helps children respect road safety

Gritters in the Scottish Borders have been given special names in time for winter.

The Gritter Spitter 3000 is one name given to a vehicle by Kamal Aziz, a pupil at Selkirk's Philiphaugh Primary School.

Nine gritters have been named by children across the Borders in a competition by Scottish Borders Council, as they prepare for winter.

Stranraer children design poppies

Schoolchildren in Stranraer have built a memorial to the men who fell in the first and second world wars.

Each tile commemorates someone who fought in both world wars who are connected to the children at this school.

The pupils of Sheuchan primary have all designed their own poppy, which includes the name of their family members who died in conflicts.

They've created the memorial during the centenary year of the first world war to ensure they remember the lives of all those who died for their country.

Through their world war one project, they have also been learning all about life in the trenches and how the families left behind coped with their loss.

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School children name Border gritters

One of the gritters named by school children Credit: ITV News Border

Gritters in the Scottish Borders have been given special names in time for winter.

The Gritter Spitter 3000 is one name given to a vehicle by a pupil at Selkirk's Philiphaugh Primary School.

Nine gritters have been named by children across the Borders in a competition by Scottish Borders Council, as they prepare for winter.

"I came up with the gritter spitter because it rhymed, and I think it just sounded cool."

– Kamal Aziz, Competition winner

"We though that to name a gritter it would allow the children to think about how they are getting ready for winter, what they should be doing, wearing high vis, fluorescent clothes, keeping warm, and also how they have to think about other road users, cyclists and other drivers as well."

– Karen McGrath, Scottish Borders Council

Dumfries Employment Centre opens

This sign on the wall declares the centre's mission Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway council has opened a new centre for employment in Dumfries, in a bid to bring down higher-than-average youth unemployment in the area.

The "Total access point", or TAP centre, is based on Nith Place and is specifically aimed at supporting businesses and young people.

It's hoped this one-stop-shop will mean people can access a wide range of services, from all sectors of the employment industry and the industry can see the talent available to fill their vacancies.

Stranraer students build memorial

Sheuchan Primary School pupils Credit: ITV News Border

Schoolchildren in Stranraer have built a permenant memorial to the men who fell in the first and second world wars.

The pupils of Sheuchan Primary School have all designed their own poppy, which includes the name of their family members who died in conflicts.

The community gathered to dedicate the new memorial Credit: ITV News Border

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Pupils swap beds for school hall floor

A group of Cumbrian schoolchildren will be getting a taste of what it's like to be homeless this evening.

Whilst the rest of us are tucked up in our nice warm beds, pupils and staff from Hayton Primary School will be sleeping rough to raise money for Nightstop-a new scheme aimed at helping homeless young people to get off the streets.

Here's Paul Crone.

Borders pupils have the grit in new school contest

The winning pupil from Philiphaugh Community School for the Selkirk area will get the chance to see their newly named gritter, with Council and police representatives in attendance. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Nine Scottish Borders Council gritting vehicles will tackle the winter weather with new names following a Borders-wide school competition.

Primary four to seven pupils across the region had to come up with the best winter related title and a winner was picked from each of the nine high school cluster areas.

Chosen by the local integrated police officers the winning names have been printed on to the vehicles which will then visit the school which named it. The winning pupil and their class will also be presented with a framed photograph.

The first winner to be announced was Kamal Aziz from Philiphaugh Community School in Selkirk, who was visited today (27th November) by the gritter which he called 'Gritter Spitter 3000'.

The competition was organised by the Council’s Safer Routes to School Team and was run within each school by the Junior Road Safety Officers.

The full list of winners are:

  • Berwickshire – Gritter Garbo; Alex Bisset, Eccles/Leitholm Primary School
  • Earlston – Sub Zero Hero; Josh Turner, Melrose Primary School
  • Eyemouth – Grit Britain; Quentin Strang, Ayton Primary School
  • Galashiels – The Winter Soldier; Kieran Linford, Stow Primary School
  • Hawick – Border Blaster; Fraser Casson, Wilton Primary School
  • Jedburgh – Salt ‘n’ Shake; Carys Williams, Howdenburn Primary School
  • Kelso – Great Grizzly Gritter; Molly Howlett, Sprouston Primary School
  • Peebles – Snow Farah; Max Ryall, West Linton Primary School
  • Selkirk – Gritter Spitter 3000; Kamal Aziz, Philiphaugh Community School
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