Philip Reeve And Sarah McIntyre

On Thursday 29th August Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre came in to the school to do some activities with us and talk about their books. They started off talking and reading their newest book called Kevin the Flying Pony; it was very interesting and I would recommend it.

They got us to draw Kevin the overweight pony and we had lots of fun. Near the end of the lesson or visit we played a board game and I was in the blue team. We got to add in some traps, paths and ladders. At the end you save Kevin and go away into the sun set (we had lots of fun). When the school bell went we had the chance to buy some books of Philip reeve and Sarah McIntyre. We had lots of fun thank you Philip and Sarah.

By Scott

Robotics Club

A lot of kids went to this club called robotics club. At this club we programmed sphroes, Marty and Mrs Marty and we also programmed microbits. At the end we invited parents to come and see what we have been learning about and we gave them a shot of programming. We learned that there was a site called microsoft teams witch we used to take quizes. First we took one to see how well we knew about robots and at the end we took another one to see how we have inproved. We had a go at useing lego boost and if you don’t know what lego boost is we will tell you. Lego boost is lego that you can code and play about with. If it is a club next year we are sure it will be even better than this time. Hopefully if it is a club next year everyone has lots of fun. Drew says “I have learned alot of things and I found it very intresting”. I said “It is something I have not done anything like this in my life so I found it hard but I had fun”.

By Scott, Drew


Robert Burns Poems

The whole school is learning their Burns poem and primary 6 have Auld Lang Syne to learn and primary 7 have the poem that they do every year and it is Address To The Haggis.  We got our poems 3 weeks before the day that we have to say the poem so we had quite a lot of time to remember there poems and by now most of the people know there poems and they are working on there expression and there Scottish accent. Burns day is on the 25th of January but we have to say our poems to the judges in the morning. The address to the haggis is the most difficult one to remember. Every year we invite the locals to come up to the school and we have a good time and sing songs and first place in each poem has to go on the stage and say there poem. We always decorate the hall and we have a burns dinner.

This is Address to a Haggis poem by Robert Burns

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o need,
While thro your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
The auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
‘Bethankit’ hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi perfect scunner,
Looks down wi sneering, scornfu view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll make it whissle;
An legs an arms, an heads will sned,
Like taps o thrissle.

Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer,
Gie her a Haggis




The Christmas Fair

On Saturday 1st December we had our School Christmas fair  that we have every year.  We had a bottle stall, tombola and we had Santa in the school to meet all of us and to give us a little present before Christmas.  We had cakes and other items that we made to sell and the cakes sold very fast and all of the cakes sold out so it was a good day and the school made a lot of money in fact the school made £2,200 pounds and we only had face paint and thing that we made and the Santa and a  tombola.

We had face paint and the person who was doing the face paint was Mrs Clark  and she did a great job they all looked stunning. Everyone was enjoying them selves and I thought that the whole of Islay was there, it was that crowded and I was very hot in the hall. I was very excited when I saw Santa because I can’t wait till Christmas and I can’t wait till a new year.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Rolls-Royce Award Eden Prize Winners!

Last year Port Ellen was taking part in the Rolls-Royce Science prize through their renewables engineering project.  They were chosen as one of 6 finalists from over 2000 entries.  This week our teachers and George Dean, who works for the Islay Energy Trust,  were away for the Rolls-Royce science prize award ceremony in London.

First they went to Derby on Tuesday 6th November and went to the Rolls-Royce factory and at the factory they saw airplane  engines getting built and some that were finished.  They found it interesting learning about the engines and during the process they had to wear safety gear.   Later they went to London to go to the award ceremony, which was held in the Science Museum. They got ot talk to lots of important people about their project and have some nice food.  They won the Eden award for the best environment project, which was really great!  The awards were shown online, and you can watch them here.

WW100 Remembrance

On the Friday 4th of May we went down to the pier to remember the sinking of the SS Tuscania and the Otranto. We stood outside the Islay Hotel and we waved our flags when we were getting our pictures taken. When we were leaving the school we were buddied up with P123 so they were safe. The pipers and the drummers were coming down the street and we were waving our flags to the music and there were people behind the pipers and the drummers with big flags walking down the pier.

Then we saw Princess Anne’s helicopter flying over us and it landed on the football pitch next to the Ramsey Hall. Then Princess Anne came in a blue range rover and she got out at the monument and she put a wreath next to the monument.