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Inveralmond Community High School Wins Pump It Up Challenge

That the Parliament congratulates Inveralmond Community High School in Livingston on winning the 2019 Pump It Up challenge; understands that 11 secondary school teams from across West Lothian reached the finals of the challenge, which were held at Howden Park Centre in Livingston on 4 June 2019; recognises that this is the fifth year of the challenge, which is organised by West Lothian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems, where teams of young people are challenged to create an innovative use of a heat pump; recognises that the aim of the challenge, as well as bringing industry and schools closer together, is to encourage third year pupils to think about product development and design alongside developing their presentation and team-building skills; understands that the Inveralmond team’s idea was to use a heat pump to heat up airport runways, making them safer to use during snow and icy weather and that they presented their winning design, the "Frost Fighter" to a panel of judges; congratulates all those who took park in the challenge, and wishes continued success to the Inveralmond team and all the pupils who participated.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Neil Findlay, Gillian Martin, Kenneth Gibson, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor

Lisamaria Purdie, Headteacher of the Year

That the Parliament congratulates Lisamaria Purdie, of St Ninian’s Primary School in Livingston, on winning the Headteacher of the Year category at the Scottish Education Awards 2019, which were presented in Glasgow on 5 June; understands that these awards, which were launched in 2001, celebrate hard work and success across Scottish education; recognises that this is a hugely deserved award for Lisamaria; applauds her efforts, and those of the entire school staff, in creating a positive and caring environment for the pupils, and wishes Lisamaria and the school all the best.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Joan McAlpine, Sandra White, Gil Paterson, Jenny Gilruth, Neil Findlay, Gillian Martin, Kenneth Gibson, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor

West Lothian College’s Terrace Restaurant

That the Parliament recognises the success of West Lothian College’s Terrace Restaurant in winning the Restaurant of the Year (South East) award at the Scottish Hospitality Awards in Glasgow on 21 May 2019; congratulates hospitality staff and students at the college for the consistently high quality of service in the restaurant; acknowledges that students gain invaluable experience in working in this busy fully-functioning restaurant, and wishes the college’s hospitality manager, Bob Prentice, well in his retirement after 38 years of excellent service.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Stuart McMillan, Gordon Lindhurst, Bill Kidd, Edward Mountain, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Neil Findlay, Clare Adamson, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin, Stewart Stevenson

The Military Museum Scotland

That the Parliament congratulates the Military Museum Scotland, which is based at the Scottish War Blinded Estate at Wilkieston, on winning the Tourist Attraction of the Year category at the Scottish Hospitality Awards; understands that the museum, which was opened in 2017 by ex-soldier, Ian Inglis, is growing, not only in size, but also in popularity; believes that it has gone from strength to strength in educating young people and as a social and support hub for veterans, and considers that it plays an important part in paying tribute to the servicemen and women who serve or have served the country.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, David Torrance, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Gordon Lindhurst, Jenny Gilruth, Alexander Stewart, Neil Findlay, Clare Adamson, Keith Brown, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Gail Ross, Gillian Martin, Stewart Stevenson

Livingston Round Table

That the Parliament congratulates Livingston Round Table on organising its first soapbox race, which will take place on 18 August 2019 and will feature homemade motorised "soapboxes" racing on a downhill course with some obstacles; recognised the charity work that is carried out all year round by the group, and wishes it the best of luck with this new event and its other endeavours.

Supported by: Liz Smith, Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Stewart Stevenson, Liam Kerr, Alasdair Allan, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Maureen Watt, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Neil Findlay, Tom Arthur

Linda Tierney

That the Parliament pays tribute to Linda Tierney, an inspirational West Lothian fundraiser who raised thousands of pounds prior to her death in January 2019; welcomes the recent posthumous award made by Marie Curie to Linda recognising her fundraising efforts and for speaking about living with terminal cancer; salutes Linda’s courage in focusing on fundraising work after learning in 2016 that her previously diagnosed ovarian cancer had spread to other organs; recognises her work in achieving a number one charity single, Gorgeous, which was performed by Chris Onslow, and the launch of Livi Aid Live at Livingston FC, which was a day-long live entertainment event; offers condolences to Linda’s family and friends, and celebrates a life that has achieved so much for others.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Monica Lennon, Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Maureen Watt, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Neil Findlay, Tom Arthur

New Mobility Shop Opens in Livingston

That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new Mobility Shop in The Centre, Livingston, which has been revamped and modernised and will be open to the public seven days a week from 10am until 5pm; notes that the equipment available includes mobile electric scooters, electric power chairs and manual wheelchairs, and that children’s buggies will also be available to hire; understands that the new equipment can be hired for a small donation that will be reinvested in the service; notes that other features within The Centre include a wheelchair accessible photo booth, designed to support people with a range of disabilities, and a Changing Places Toilet, and welcomes the efforts of The Centre’s management to provide a fully inclusive shopping environment and an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Emma Harper, Stewart Stevenson, Kenneth Gibson, Miles Briggs, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Alexander Stewart, Gordon Lindhurst, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Neil Findlay, Fulton MacGregor, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

West Lothian College's Articulation Agreement with Queen Margaret University

That the Parliament congratulations West Lothian College on its first college articulation agreement with Queen Margaret University for HNC Childhood Practice students who want to become primary teachers; notes that successful students will be able to progress directly into the second year of the university’s new BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) degree, and believes that such arrangement between colleges and universities is widening access to university by shortening the learner journey by enabling HNC and HND graduates to move directly into second or third year of degrees. 

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, David Torrance, Neil Findlay, Stewart Stevenson, Tom Arthur, Maureen Watt

Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey

That the Parliament welcomes the results of the second Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey (SCPES), which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Macmillan Cancer Support; notes that around 5,000 people gave feedback on various aspects of their care, including diagnosis, treatment and support; supports the findings that show 95% of those surveyed rated their overall care highly, which is up from 94% in 2015; notes that 83% thought their first appointment with a hospital doctor was as soon as necessary, with 87% agreeing that their options were completely explained before their treatment started; acknowledges that the survey highlights areas where improvements can be made, including directing more people to emotional and financial support during their treatment; considers that the survey results contain valuable insights for stakeholders to use to improve cancer services across the whole cancer journey, from detection through to treatment and beyond; thanks everyone who took the time to complete the survey, and encourages NHS boards to listen to what people with cancer are saying about what matters to them

Supported by: Sandra White, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Mark McDonald, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Clare Adamson, Stewart Stevenson, Tom Arthur, David Torrance, Maureen Watt, John Mason

West Lothian College and QMS4VET

That the Parliament acknowledges the involvement of West Lothian College staff in the Erasmus Plus project, QMS4VET, which cooperates on innovation and exchange good practices in vocational education across the EU; understands that the aim of the project is to gather a toolkit of good practice from partner educational establishments in Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Finland and Portugal and make this available to vocational trainers across the EU; notes that the college will host European partners to present its own good practice for analysis and toolkit inclusion in May 2019, and applauds what it sees as the commitment of its staff to maintaining mutually beneficial partnership links with Europe.

Supported by: David Torrance, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Neil Findlay, Gil Paterson, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur

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