Time of giving
Fiona Muirhead reports: The global festive celebration of Christmas is marked all over the world in many different ways. In the UK we celebrate the season by getting together with family.
Christmas morning we open our presents followed by an often, large dinner traditionally hallmarked by a roast turkey, all the trimmings and finished up by a Christmas pudding.
Yet in other countries they celebrate in other ways.
Despite these differences Christmas is globally known as the time of giving.
During the merry season it seems that all sorts of charity events spring up.
These events could be different, with some having a concert to try to raise money whereas others could simply be trying to get donations.
These donations can be in the form of either money or other goods that can help someone else in need.
Whichever charity it is, they all aim to give to those who are less fortunate.
The spirit of giving even came to our own Carnoustie High School with the Shoe Box Appeal. Each tutor group received two shoe boxes that the students had the responsibility to fill with small necessities.
We did this to make sure that children are able to open at least one present on Christmas morning.
Also, today (Friday), Carnoustie High School is hoping to raise money for Save the Children by encouraging pupils to wear Christmas jumpers along with a donation of £1 or more.
The practice of giving at Christmas is a generous part of human nature.
When people give they show how willing they are to help their fellow man. By giving it brings most of us to the conclusion that: giving should happen throughout the year not just at Christmas. So we should not be dictated by a season to show kindness.
Sporting success by Alex Borrie
Carnoustie High School pupil, Joel McFarlane has recently been chosen for the Scottish pentathlon squad out of a group of five of Scotland’s top amateur athletes.
Joel, who one day wants to compete in the Olympics, already has a national competition this December.
Joel’s favourite events are the hurdles, long jump and short distance running but nothing over two miles!
He has already started training in Grangemouth for the pentathlon event which will be held in Glasgow.
This is a massive achievement for Joel and everyone at Carnoustie High wishes him the best of luck.