AT Merrylee Primary School pupils are working on integration by making sure no one is left out for Eid.

A group of generous mums at the Cathcart school made up goody bags to celebrate the end of Ramadan for nearly 500 youngsters.

And now everyone at the primary is marking the Muslim festival.

Mum Rubina Khan was one of those who came up with the idea.

She said: "In the past, some of the parents have decided to make up goody bags for their children's classes but this year we thought we would make sure every child was involved.

"With nearly 500 pupils, it was quite a big undertaking but we have spent hours filling the good bags and it is worth it to see the children surprised and happy.


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"Ramadan is not just about fasting but about doing things for others. We were happy to raise awareness of our culture and religion."

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Head teacher Colette Haddock said: "I would like to thank all the mums who gave up so much of their time to generously make up Eid gift bags for all 470 pupils at Merrylee.

"We are also very grateful to Morrisons, which donated vouchers to allow fruit to be purchased.

"We are very proud of our language ambassador programme which celebrates all cultures and diversity within our school community.


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"Pupils in this group are responsible for planning and organising events that aim to share information and give insight into another culture and its traditions.

"All of the Ambassadors represent a culture that they have experience of at home and are enthusiastic about.

"The parents who help are extremely supportive and offer their expertise and experience to enhance the events that we host.

"For example, with the help of parents and pupils, we taught P5-P7 about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr during our recent Multicultural Festival.

"We are extremely grateful to the parents who have been involved in the Language Ambassadors and contributed to assembling and packaging every Eid gift.


"All of the staff, pupils and parents at Merrylee Primary school would like to wish everyone Eid Mubarak."