Poetry Success

Every year the National Galleries of Scotland run a competition called Inspired? Get writing! for children and adults.  Port Ellen has 2 successful poems.  Abbie was a runner up with her Poem The Ghost Fiddler, inspired by a photo of Aly Bain by David Williams.  Asher achieved a special merit for his poem Old Defence, based on a painting of Inverlochy Castle by Horatio McCulloch.  Both have been invited to hear their poems read aloud at an awards ceremony at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh on the 17th April.
Here are the two poems:


In the center of a humid room,
Sat a figure hunched close to his fiddle,
Moonlight gleaming, his body glows,
Body bitter and cold, heart scorched by music,
His instrument in gentle, airy hands, notes drift like phantoms.

The room awakens, comes alive,
Louder, louder, the room screams with anticipation,
Its eyes dance to the energetic melody,
The soft, faint feet are tapping, thumping the rhythm,
As the room dances to his tune.

The room falls to a sudden stillness,
The majestic figure sits in complete silence again,
Drifting away into the dark,
Like his last notes fading into the heart of the room.

By Abbie


An elderly defence,
Confronting a forceful hill,
Protecting a village from destruction,
Now smoke stacks curl,
Weavers weave,
Fishermen fish just for fun,
Once mighty land of feasts and splendour,
Is now just a traveller’s rest.
The Loch is poisoned,
With a potion of inattention,
Blinding one’s eyes from danger,
Discarding the view of marching armies,
Watching for unclaimed lands,
The slumbering dragon rests behind,
In a million year slumber it reposes,
Preparing itself for plunder,
A storm gathering, engulfing the sky,
Like wisps of a snoring volcano,
Isolating the village from help.
As if on the banks of Loch Ness,
A stronghold remains searching,
For a long ago enemy,
Waiting for its time to strike.

By Asher

Proper poetry

Last month pupils from Port Ellen Primary School found out that they had won a Poetry competition. They are Nick, Asher, Eleanor and Scott. Asher won first place and Nick won 3rd. The prizes were a 35 pound book voucher and 25 pound book voucher and a 15 pound book voucher. On the 15 June the same pupils from Port Ellen Primary School will be going to the Gaelic College in Bowmore. And the poems are called The Gazing Sun, The Crashing Sea and The Sea On Islay.

Scottish Education Awards

On Tuesday 12th of June it was the Scottish Education Awards, this meant that the school was up for the best school in Scotland for using technolgy. Two girls from Port Ellen Primary school, Emily and Eilidh, went with three other teachers which were Mrs Clark,Miss MacRae and Mrs Macdonald. They went away on Monday Morning and ended up with a whopping surprise. They came first in this Award which meant a lot to Port Ellen Primary.

The Choir Sing Their Hearts Out

On the 2nd of June, PortEllen Gaelic choir were at the High school, to sing at the local mod,they were conduced by Maureen MacDonald, the head Teacher.

The first song they sang was the unison, secondly was Peurt a ‘ bheul, then the reel. They made some mistakes and Mrs Macdonald said ” we have blown it now” But just then Mr Macdonald, her Husband came though and said they had won 1st in

the unison. Yeh!  They also came second in the perurt a ‘ bheul.

Incredible Ileachs Win Science Award

Ileachs Jason, Ewan, Dan, Eleanor and Aileas went to the Glasgow Science Centre, Wednesday 30th May 2012.   Glory fell on them by winning BT Scotland Award for Best Club Presentation and also 250 pounds.  Jason said  “My Pyro Pyrimid was great.”

The Shinty Tounament

On Sunday 25th February it was the Shinty Tounament. We had to be there by Quarter to twelve and it started at twelve o’clock. The p6/7 went to the big hall and the 45 had to go to the wee hall i was at the wee hall, and the first teams to play were bowmore and the port ellen team the super sweeper and i got hit in the arm by a stick. The scores were 1-1.