The Early Level children at Tarbert Academy have been very busy learning about Transport. Working with our local Co-op the children also celebrated Fairtrade fortnight, learning how the food gets to the shops.
Tarbert Academy S3 pupil, Cara MacTaggart, achieved success in the Inspire-Aspire competition organised by Character Scotland. A National Finalist, her inspirational piece has been published along with other winners’ work in the Inspiring Purpose 2017 Awards magazine. The aim of the programme is to give young people the opportunity to think about their values and character strengths whilst also reflecting on who or what inspires them and their aspirations and goals for their future.
Primary 7s from Tarbert, Clachan and Gigha primaries have been making an early start on transition to secondary this year. Each term since August, pupils have spent a day together in Tarbert Academy, getting to know each other and secondary staff. Starting just before Easter, pupils have been spending every Tuesday at Tarbert, with weekly lessons with Mrs Connor in English, Mr Grace in Maths, Mrs Inglis in French and Mr Sandercock in PE.
S3 art and design pupils in six secondary schools have recently had a day off timetable to work with two professional artists and Fiona Blakey, Cultural Coordinator. The project was inspired by a recent visit from the Travelling Gallery and supported by Argyll Youth Arts and Education Scotland through the Creative Learning Network scheme. Coordinated by CAST, the artists, Rob Walker, Amy Whiten and Gillian Steele, worked with pupils from Oban, Lochgilphead, Tarbert, Campbeltown, Dunoon and Helensburgh. During their time with the artists pupils tried a variety of printing and urban contemporary art techniques each producing a large protest placard. Please see below for a Youth Arts film about the project.
Tarbert Academy Drama Club performed ‘The Pilgrimage’ by Pauk Goetzee at the Argyll Drama Festival last week! They were winners of the Youth Achievement Trophy, with the adjudicator, Kevin Boland, commenting on ‘the high standard of acting from a very talented team’. The Club is open to pupils from P7 upwards and this year’s cast ranged in age from P7 up to S5. Here they are just before going on stage!
On the Tuesday, Primary 7/6 organised a ‘Run & Row to Rio’ day to get the whole school involved in their Run to Rio challenge. The day started with the P7/6s running the ‘Tarbert Mile’ along the harbour side. The rest of the primary pupils, plus parents, buggies and friends, then joined in to walk the mile again. A great turnout saw around 140 people take part.
Tarbert Academy nursery and P1/2 children have been working together on a “Fairyland” topic. This is being used as transition for the nursery children as they have been spending Wednesday mornings with their new teacher and her class.
They have all been very busy helping the dragon to build Fairyland. The dragon sent some magic beans which the children planted. The beans grew and grew and the beanstalks are quite tall now.
Tarbert Academy drama club recently took part in the Argyll Drama Festival which took place in Ardrishaig village hall. The club has at present 18 members, 14 from P6 and 7, 2 from first year and one each from second and third years. The play they performed was “A Thirty Minute Dream” which is an abridged form of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Local produce, Kintyre teamed up with NHS Highland as part of their Rocking Red Heart Road show to promote the health benefits of using good wholesome local food. Pupils from Tarbert Academy took advantage of this and all had a great time sampling food and listening to the Barrow Band play their songs about fresh fruit and vegetables.
Tarbert Academy Pupils in S3 Art and Music spent an exciting 2 days last week producing artworks and musical backing for use by Argyll & Bute Child Protection Committee. The project was to produce artworks which the CPC can use to broadcast messages about certain areas of concern for adolescents. Current research indicates that young people are spotting signs of neglect/abuse in their peers.
Tarbert Academy primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils researched the history of Tarbert Harbour for the Tarbert Harbour Authority Christmas Card Competition. In 2013 the Harbour Authority celebrates its centenary and they wanted the designs to reflect this. The winning design, by Lucy McKinven, shows the mail coach which ran from 1871 to 1913 and the memorial fountain which was donated to the village in 1910 and was removed in the 1940s when it was damaged by a lorry. (Even though the fountain is long gone many local people still refer to the site where it stood as ‘the fountain’).
P3/4 performed an exciting play called The Broken Roof. We dressed up in costumes and learned words. We were very proud and happy for our play. We all got a good part in the play but the narrators did not act. We felt nervous because there were lots of people at the play. Three children in the play wore Victorian clothes because they were Victorian children in the play. We had fun with it.
Tansy Scott P3/4
Our photograph shows what looks like an everyday Maths lesson. But in the top right hand corner of the whiteboard, a pupil, at home on Gigha because of adverse weather, joins the class through webcam and GLOW. Douglas can see the teacher’s whiteboard on his computer at home, can see his classmates working and joins in all their activities. Tarbert Academy is successfully piloting Lessons at Home for pupils who travel by ferry each morning so that learning and teaching time is not lost this winter.
Primary 7 in Tarbert held an Open Hour to share their learning from their Smoke Free Me topic. The children gave presentations on what was in a cigarette, the gruesome effect smoking has on the body, the timeline of smoking in the UK, resisting peer pressure and the help available if you want to stop. They devised games, challenges and drama for the parents to try and watch. The parents said they’d learned a lot!
Senior pupils in Tarbert Academy took part in a Moral Conference at the end of October. This ‘Question Time’ style event found pupils asking questions about Scotland’s future, footballers’ wages, the issues surrounding foreign aid at a time of recession and current debates on marriage. Pupils achieved highly in setting questions, taking part in debate and listening sensitively to a wide variety of views. Anne Paterson praised the pupils highly – as did the panel members. Pupil feedback is highly positive regarding our Moral Conference.
Primary pupils in Tarbert Academy took part in the Story-lab reading challenge over the summer holidays. Through Tarbert Library, pupils had to read six books and take part in puzzles, quizzes and activities relating to their reading. On successfully completing the challenge, pupils were rewarded with a medal, a certificate and a voucher. The voucher, for two free visits to the swimming pool, was kindly donated by the Mid Argyll Community Swimming Pool.
Our photograph shows the pupils who completed the challenge with their prizes and representatives of Tarbert Library and the swimming pool.
Na Seudan, the fantastic folk group made up of pupils from Tarbert Academy, recently performed as part of The Edinburgh Fringe. From the Ross Bandstand, in Princes St. Gardens and in the shadow of the castle, they gave a stunning 1 hour concert to festival visitors.
The group perform mainly Gaelic songs in unique arrangements as well as including many traditional folk tunes.