On Wednesday 14th March P6/7 went to I.H.S. P6 did engineering and P7 did science. All of the primary schools from all around the island came. We did this because it would give us a chance to see what the classes are like in the high school, meet new friends from different schools and do science. The P7’s got split up into 3 groups and first of all my group was with Mrs McNaughton. When we were there we got a paper boat and filled it with boiling water and put it in a paper boat a checked the temperature. Then we got clay shapes and checked which shape would go to the bottom of the glue first and we found out that the sphere went down the fastest. The next class we went to was Mr Kitching’s class and there we were looking at crystals through a microscope. After that we went to Mrs Moran’s class and there we were doing experiments and saying whether the things we were doing were exothermic or endothermic. Overall I think that the day was fantastic and I would definitely go again.
By Rebecca Morris
On Wednesday 14th February primary 6/7 went to the Islay museum to learn more facts about ww1 and also about life on Islay in the past. We are all researching a soldier that was in the war and trying to find facts out about him. Some of us got facts from the museum. We also got to look at some objects from the past on Islay and also some objects from the war as well. One of the things we got to look at was a book that had poems in them that we got to read. We also got to see some bullets from the war. Although we got to hold the fake ones, they were still fascinating to look at. At the end we got to have a look around the museum to see what we could find. Once we found an object we wrote facts about it and then we drew it. I drew a medal and I learned that on the rim it says the name of the man and what rank he is. My favorite thing in the museum was the machine gun because it looked old, rusty and fascinating.(I would not like to wear all of that!) At the museum I learned that in the war the men were forced to wear old Kilts, itchy jackets, heavy green helmets, and old boots.
By Rebecca and Ellen
Our pantomime this year is called Ali Baba And The Bongo Bandits. On Thursday 14th and Friday 15th December we will be presenting our pantomime. We have been practicing for a very long time to be able to get it perfect for Thursday and Friday night. This year our pantomime is about a boy called Ali Baba who gets blamed for a royal robbery but his mum,the princess and the genie of the ketchup save him and get away on a magic carpet. I think that our pantomime is going to be really good so you should come.
By Rebecca Morris
On a Wednesday afternoon some of the pupils in Port Ellen Primary go to cooking club with Mrs Clark and Mrs Harrison. We have made lots of different dishes from different countries around the world. On Wednesday 22nd of February we made Moroccan food and some of the food we made were soup, flat bread, humus and we used lots of chick peas, spices and vegetables. We have also made samosas, vegetable curries, lentil soup and salsa.
Cooking club started on Wednesday 25th January and we hope that it will continue after the summer holidays.We also want to thank Mrs Clark and Mrs Harrison for deciding to run it for us.
By Rebecca and Charlie
On every Wednesday at school we have a science club. On the first week of science club we had to find out who put a white powder in Mrs. Clark’s hot chocolate. It was great fun. We had to find it by going to different parts of the kitchen and finding out whose mark matches the criminals mark. There was finger prints, bites on cups and we had to see what what pen was the same as the one the criminal used. The second week we got to make crystals. We made the crystals by putting in over salted water and food coloring to make them look good. On the last week of science club it was really disgusting because we were dissecting a fish and at the very end we dissected a deer heart. Although earlier before we were naming body parts and we got 2 chocolates out of an advent calender. We would like to thank the people from the high school for coming over to help us and we would really like it if science club is on again.
By Rebecca and Rowan
On Thursday 15th September p6/7 from all the schools from Islay and Jura went to Stirling University and while we were there we got to dissect fish. When we were dissecting the fish I was working with Rowan and we were testing to check the bacteria in the kidney but first me and Rowan had to push away a bubble that was protecting the kidney. After we pushed away the bubble we stuck a plastic stick in the kidney to get a sample of blood to rub it on a petri plate so that when they take it out a warm fridge they would be able to see the bacteria that was in the fish’s kidney. After we dissected the fish we did a quiz that had nine questions in it and me and Rowan got 7 questions correct and two questions incorrect. When we got back outside we all got tour of the university and we even got to see what the rooms would look like. After the tour we headed back to the youth hostel.
By Rebecca Morris
Mary queen of Scots lived in Stirling castle nearly all her life. Stirling castle was built on an extinct volcano which was 250 feet deep underground. Stirling Castle is named the Heart of Scotland.
Here are some facts about Stirling Castle. It has an amazing view of its surroundings just like Edinburgh Castle and it’s one of the most famous castles that people like to visit. It was built in the 12th century and between the years 1490 and 1600. There are steep cliffs on three sides of the castle.
Here are some facts about Mary queen of Scots. She was born on the 7th of December 1542 and died on the 8th February 1587 when her she was executed by Elizabeth I. Mary became queen when she was nine months old. She was crowned when her mother and father died. She got married at the age of 17 and she was married to Francis II. Mary’s son, James, became the first King of a united England and Scotland. We are looking forward to visiting the castle on our trip next week.
By Abi, Rebecca and Kaya.
On Thursday 2nd June Mirren and Rebecca traveled to Edinburgh to set up their Picnic Pocket Pallet Garden. When they arrived, they set up their garden for the next morning when the show would be held. The Garden Show was held in Ingliston. They next morning Mirren and Rebecca and their families went to the show. There were lots of really good gardens from other sections and the section Mirren and Rebecca’s garden was in. They looked around all of the gardens and then they went back to theirs because a politician came to look at our garden and asked us questions about it. Then we got our picture taken by a photographer. After that we all went to look at other gardens and got ice-cream before we traveled back down the road to the ferry.