This term we did  Smoke Free Me and we learned why it is a bad thing to smoke. So here are some facts. When smoking for a long period of time you will get addicted another thing is the tar that is (the stuff in the cigarette) sticks on the inside of your throat causing you to cough. The last thing is when the chemicals go right down to your finger tips and makes you have yellow fingers.  So don’t smoke!


My Place Photo Competition

The My Place Photo Competition is where you go around your village and take a picture of something. This happens every year and each year, there is a different theme. This years theme is Climate Change which means that your picture has to include something that is caused by Climate Change and something that is man made. I found this very interesting because we got to walk around the village. My photo was of rusty chains and I called it Climate Chains.


The school went for a beach clean on 30th April at our local beach the Co-op beach. The most plastic the school found was plastic bags, but we also found crisp packets, a tire, shoes and glass.  Re-jig came along to help us clear the beach.  After when we had a lovely clean beach we held a competition to do some sand sculptures.  I built a fairy kingdom.  I think it is important to keep our beaches clean because it stops animals dying.


Evie’s Phone Box

Evie Wood is opening a shop in the Oa that people call “Evie’s Phone Box ” or “Shop In The Box “. Evie is going to be selling cards and other exciting things. Because of coronavirus there has been a hold up of the opening of the shop, but Evie hopes to open it up soon. Evie has started painting the phone box and getting it ready for the opening, Evie has created a a logo for us all to look at when we come in to the little shop, We all hope for the shop to open soon.  She won a enterprise award and was featured in the Big Issue.


By Iona

Learning In Lockdown

In lockdown school’s, store’s and clubs were all shut but people have found ways through it like Home schooling. We are just back from home schooling and every day in home schooling we had a google meet on Monday and Friday but the whole class had a google meet  and P5, P6 and P7 had their own day for a google meet. And we done weekly topics. and we were doing work in home learning because of seesaw. But if we didn’t have seesaw then I don’t know what we could of used  in lock down and seesaw is a learning app for kids. In hone schooling it felt like it was just like normal school but at home. Then when we got back to school it was changed and felt a lot different. We had are own tables at lunch and only three people on a desk and only three people in the bathroom and now every class has a different break time.   We miss getting our work done and getting out and about.

Dolphins are Back (Not the Sea Creatures…)

Dolphins is swimming club on Islay and is back after a closing for a while. We use to not wear masks but now we need to wear masks. When we get in now we go in the shower for a few seconds. When we get in now we have to spread out in our lanes. When we are done we have to go straight to our lockers so we are not allowed a shower. Now when we are leaving the pool then we put are masks on then go out the fire alarm door to get out now. I’m really happy that Dolphins are back.

by Ben

Outdoor Learning Sandcastle

In outdoor learning week p5-p7  we built sandcastles and we had a contest on Tuesday in front of Port Ellen Co-op. We had bamboo sticks and a half a pipe to dig. We had to have a moat with water and renewable energy and also turrets.  To get water you dig then enough water comes out. My team had a volcano in our build with lots of renewable energy.  At the end my team won with ten points at the end.


My Hero

Our whole class was doing an essay on their lockdown hero and it was about who helped you in lockdown and some people picked the NHS and Sir Captain Tom but I picked my Mum. It was about why were they your lockdown hero and you had to write about how  helped you in lockdown. Also we had to do this at School. We also had to draw a picture of our hero. My mum was my hero because she looks after people with cancer or corona-virus and she works at  a local home for old people. We are entering our pictures in the Royal Mail Competition.

by Dylan


We were doing outside learning and we were learning about fires. We went out to the playground to do it. The people that where teaching us were Dolton and Danny they are amazing at teaching us how to make fires with outdoor equipment. What we did first is we gathered dry grass and sticks in our groups. Then we learnt how to make a safe fire! When we did it is was very fun because it was a bit windy we got to have warm smores. Why we did this it is to teach us to learn how to make a fire with outdoor equipment safely.

Trip To The Woods


Port Ellen primary school in the class p5,6,7 went to the woods at 10am on Thursday. We went there because we were learning about the Mesolithic times. Also we had clans.

  All The Clans

The wolf clan, the swan clan, The snake clan and the last one which is seal clan which is the one I was in.

First we needed to get our water proof jackets and our water proof trousers and then we all set of on the way to the woods.

Next when wee got there we had the tarp laid down to lay on it what we did was we laid down and then breathed in and out. After that we got told which way to go to make a den. we found a den. Then we had to find four different leaves. We had to bring some logs down and our packed lunches to the beach to have lunch. First we had to gather some stones and some branches for the fire but some people had to go and gather some branches in the wood.

Our New Sound Topic

Starting from last week p 5/6/7 have started a new topic about sound. We have been doing reports and fun activity’s about sound. The activity’s we done were duck quaking cups, oboes, dancing salt and we wet our finger and rubbed it on the top of the glass and it made different noises every time.  To do the duck quaking cup we needed to poke a hole in a plastic cup and thread a piece of string through the hole and tie a knot on the side of the cup that holds water and get a wet paper towel wet the string and pull on it and it will make a quaking duck sound.

Last week on Friday we watched video’s and wrote down notes about  things like sound waves, tuning forks, why in space you can’t hear anyone and more. We learnt about decibels and how the loudest thing in the world was the krakatoa volcano erupting in 1883.It was heard from 32oo kl away.

On Monday we wrote reports about different types of things that are part of sound such as resonance, shockwaves, echolocation, beyond human hearing, ultrasound and infrasound. I wrote about shock waves but we all also had to make a slide about an animal communication and I wrote about honey bees/normal bees.


Our Mesolithic Topic

My class did a Mesolithic topic and in out topic with an archaeologist called in ” Dr Darko “.

We learned lots and lots of facts. Some of those facts are ” We don’t have evidence of people in Mesolithic times because they would not leave anything around” and that” Mesolithic people would meet together to trade with other clans. We also learnt that there was a huge tsunami that nearly made Britain an Island



Wolf Brother

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We are learning about Wolf Brother. In Port Ellen we have been reading Wolf Brother. When we went to Kilnaughton Woods  and the Ard. My clan was the Mythic Seals. We made posters and read them out to the class. We were making masks and facts. We are learning about the Mesolithic times to know how they lived and survived. In the woods we had to make tiny settlements of what we thought a Mesolithic clan base.

Things we made:  boats, flags, dens, music, fire and we also cooked mackerel, potatoes, apples and we roasted marshmallows over our camp fire.

Things we made : posters, cave paintings, a quest story, shell paintings and we gave each other tattoos.

By Teddy

Children in Need

At school we did something called Pudsay day when we come to school in are pyjamas and we also done the Jerslema. Jurusalema is a dance we saw it on the internet and we thought it would be good for raising money on Pudsey Day When you come into school you put money in a tin for your pyjamas and doing the Jerslema help raise money here is are total. it has change because of covid 19 because the other times the tin came to the class room and not at the door and we got cup cakes at break.

£256.36 That is are total

Advent Calendar

In Port Ellen school we have a advent calendar with prizes. Every day you go on the school website or the schools twitter to see who the winners are. The school decides who the winner is  for the day  by putting their hand in the box  then they pull out a name then they are the winner. The calendar ends on the twenty fourth of December.

The kid prizes are a scooter, Lego star wars, one day ecteronic bike, board games ingluding Jumanji, Drone and the best one so far a Nintendo light that comes with a case, games such as Minecraft and Mario cart. The adults prizes are mostly vouchers, drinks, Aberg bundle and a humper bag. The School is doing this because this year we have no Christmas fair. If you don’t have a ticket don’t worry there’s always next year.



Highland Dancing


Highland dancing is a fun activity for kids and teenagers. Highland dancing is ran by a lady named Ella. Highland dancing is on a Saturday at 11:00 to 11:00. The dances that you can learn are the Pedi bias, Pedi Bias and High Cuts, Highland Fling, The swords, Scottish Lilt, Flora MacDonalds fancy, Blue bonnets, Heilind laddie and barracks Johnny. Highland dancing. In corona virus we have to wear are face masks when going out and we have seats with our names on them when we come back out we have to wear our masks again. After we have went away the chairs will be cleaned for the next week. Every week we will be teched by great teachers and get on to new dances if we do well! Highland dancing is  great for kids and teenagers! This is a great opportunity for children and teenagers! I hope to see you there!

By Iona


Port Ellen Juniors

Port Ellen juniors is is ran by Grant, Alan, Robert, Joe, Ben and Donald. It is at Bowmore, Astor-tough pitch at 6;00 pm to 7;00 pm. It is so kids learn to get good at football.

The people in my team are James, William, Finlay, Ben, Callum, Cara, Mya, Katie, Kaley and Robyn. The goalies are normally Clallam and James our best player is Finlay. If someone touches the ball with their hands the person sanitizes and we get a new ball.

The bigger ones play 7;00 to 8;00.  it is interesting to watch them play because they play super well and you can get tips off of them, and they play all across the pitch I’ve played a couple of times with them and it is quite hard with small legs.

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On Islay people play golf at  the Machrie hotel. There is a golf club at the Machrie  hotel for kids to learn. You show up at the golf driving range.  At the club you hit  some golf balls with a 5, 6, 7 ,8 iron  golf clubs. The coaches David and Brian  watch us to see if we are doing it right. I’m going to tell you how to play golf.


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Your chest is your  engine a bit of flex in your  knee’s and hold up over at your slogger  and try not to hit the ground and it should be a good shot.

At the Machrie they’re five areas to play golf they’re two courses the big courses and the small courses they’re two putting areas ad 1 putting and chipping courses. On the big courses they’re is eighteen holes on the small courses they’re is  six holes.

Golf is a famous solo sport for calming  people down. I really in joy golf. It is also a captative sport.

Boccia Fun

In school we play loads of different sports. There is a sport we play called boccia. Its like bowling but for people with disabilities. Its really fun we all enjoy it in class.  Here’s how you play first pick two players one player has to have the red balls and the other player has the blue balls. The balls are a funny shape they have flat bumpy sides. That helps the ball move when its stopped on a slope. When we play boccia we always play it inside with Miss Brown because she normally does PE with us. But when we play boccia we play it on a wet day when we can’t go outside to do PE. The team are put in their house like Orsay Texa and nave. Then miss brown will pick different player each time if you win you will be put in the finals.  I really enjoy playing boccia its a really fun sport.

By Christopher 162 words .

Christmas Jumper Day

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In Port Ellen School we had a Christmas Jumper day and it was for the charity Save the Children.  People wore Christmas jumpers in and brung a donation in and all the money was to help children around the world. It will help to give them clean water and food and education so they can get smart.  It is kind to donate to charity.  We raised £112 for Save the children.  my christmas jumper had snowflakes and Xboxes on it.

By Ben

Trip To The Ard

This year, in November, p5,6&7 had several trips to the Ard because of their new topic, from the book ”Wolf Brother”

The book tell, how people lived in Mesolithic times, but more precisely tell the story of a boy named Torak, who was forced to survive there alone after his father died!

When we went there for first time, we were divided into 4 clans with 5 people each. The clans were: the seal clan, the swan clan, the snake clan, and the wolf clan! There were five different types of people and activities in the clans, who are: leader, story teller, warrior, medic and hunter.

There were different challenges and games, which we made up.  Some of them were:  to make our clan base, to make ours flags, to make some small boat, to make a cave paint, and other.  Finally, we had a war between the clans, in which we had to take the flags of the other clans, without touching us.

We learn a lot of thing about Mesolithic time, and how the people actually survive, with not enough food, clothes or home!




The CRIS award is an award when we were online and we went over the safety rules-CRIS stands for Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety. The whole class did it with us. Mrs Clark set up the board and people like Callie James and Katie and Phoenix went through to talk to the person that was on a meet they went through because Mrs Clark asked them and they said yes they  would do it. When we were at school we done the meet through the laptop.

The lady on the laptop was saying how to stay safe online and they were talking about clickbait here is how to stay safe online don’t believe anything that is too good to be true and if a advertisement pops up on your screen and it says something like get a free car just give me one hundred pound do not do it they probably don’t even have a car that they can give you they will trick you.   We got the CRIS award for our learning about internet safety.

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By Mya Munro

Islay and Jura Dolphins Swimming Club

Islay And Jura Dolphins is a swimming club were you learn how to swim and youse swimming techniques .  At the the deep end it is 2 meter deep and in the shallow end is 1 meter deep. At dolphins for a warm up we do 2 lengths of front crawl  2 lengths of breath strock 2 lengths or back crawl and 2 lengths of butterfly.

When there is about half an hour left we get out the pool and go the the deep end and practice are dives into the pool. After that when there is about 15 mints left we do races. Last week I did IM agents Ben, IM is were you do one length of every stroak.

Maths Week Scotland And Maths Inside


Maths week Scotland was from the 28th of September to the 4th of October 2020. Maths Week Scotland is where all of the schools around Scotland have been doing lots of maths for one week. We do Maths Week Scotland to help the children around Scotland how to do all of the complicated maths.

Maths Inside is a competition that our school entered. We entered the competition and some people in the class won a prize.  There were three categories, Oot An’ Aboot, In The Home and Complete The Pattern.  The

Winners are: Dylan McDonald for In The Home, Teddy Denby for Oot An’ Aboot, Elena Miteva for Complete The Pattern, Dylan Mackie for The Best Commentary and Christopher Jamison for The Best Commentary second level. The whole of the school won The Highly Commended School.

Dylan McDonald’s entry was what the length was between his hair and Katies. Teddy Denby’s entry was how high he could jump. Elena Miteva

In the school P2/3/4 read a book called The Perfect Square and P5/6/7 did lots of things like: The Scottish maths Challenge, The Maths Inside Challenge and some other maths games.

Learning About Racism

In school this year we have bean learning about the history of racism. We have been learning about this because of all the racism going on in the world right now.  We learnt some facts about Maya Angelou these are some facts:

. Maya Angelou refused to speak for 5 years.

. She was a poet, actress and author.

.She got a medal from Obama in 2009.

Before the holidays P5,6,7 did paintings of one of the scenes of Maya Angelou’s famous poems. The poems we did were “I know why the caged bird sings and I will rise”. We had to paint things that were lines in one of the poems and we also used collage that looked like the things in her poem.



We also read about her and  other people who  did things about racism in America in the past. We also learnt about what racism is and all the different types of racism. We also learnt about when it started in the UK and the racism that is going on in the UK now and in the past.

Racism is when someone treats someone differently because of the colour of their skin, their culture and the country they’re from and we have learnt about this because we think it is important to know what racism is and the effects it can have on people.

By Dylan



Drew Brown 2008-2012

The Port Ellen Primary School Community was extremely saddened to learn of the sudden death of Drew Brown on the 13th September.  Drew was a much loved pupil at Port Ellen from Nursery until he left at the end of primary 7 in June this year.  He had only been at Islay high School for a few weeks when this tragic event happened.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Drew joined us at Port Ellen Nursery in 2011 at the age of 3 .  He took a while to adjust but quickly grew into the school and everyone in the school soon realised we had a real character.  One of his earliest reports said – Drew responds to a firm voice when he is up to nonsense!!

Drew Brown was part of a class of 13. They just moved to Islay High. He was a good friend to his classmates, kind, sympathetic but he was also very good with younger children. His popularity earned him status of the School House Captain for Orsay – a job he took very seriously. He ran clubs from P5 and was an excellent leader.

It was clear from very early in his nursery days that Drew had a particular flair for number – he excelled, he was quick, could see problems very quickly and work them out at speed. This year (P7) he participated in the Scottish Maths Challenge and achieved a bronze award for his efforts. He was really proud of himself as it was not an easy task .

He also had very good digital skills and this was also identified at the age of 3. He could reset the computer or do something/ hack files and we still don’t know how he managed it!! In P7 he decided to do Robotics and coding for Endeavour and took great interest in subjects like this.

Drew always had a very good relationship with the staff and his mischievous sense of humour endeared them all although there were times they didn’t know what he was going to surprise them with next, he always seemed just that one step ahead. We have talked a lot about Drew over the last week about his antics and the nonsense he could get up to and not only has this brought a smile to all our faces, it has helped us to support and comfort one another at such a sad time. Drew’s personality struck a chord with everyone.

Who could forget the Pantomime in December- Drew was Bolt , the jester . He had the audience in the palm of his hands and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house – tears of laughter. His timing was impeccable and he spoke so clearly . He brought the house down. Some people came back the next night for seconds just like Drew did at lunch time

He loved good food, when he went to high school Mrs Holyoake just couldn’t find anyone who was so keen on seconds and who would sit and blether to her for virtually the whole of the lunch hour – often with his dinner hall partner in crime, Dearbhla . Although Dearbhla would be still eating her normal quota while Drew was often on his second lot of seconds!!

He enjoyed a laugh and often you could hear his laughter and see his excitement. He attended the leaver’s assembly in June – with some anxiety, however as always Drew quickly settled and enjoyed the videos. Drew’s was a very encouraging message telling everyone to go for it , never give up summing up his can do attitude to life . He wanted to be the same as everyone – that was his goal and at the end of P7 he achieved this, he was completely independent.

The tradition in Port Ellen is to write messages on everyone’s school jumper. Drew and I shared many conversations about Rangers – both fans so it really appealed to his sense of humour when I wrote on his good friend Scott Hope’s jumper ( Celtic fan) – Scott you’re Simply the Best!! That was right up Drew’s street.

On Thursday we started our remembrance / quiet area for Drew and planted an apple tree. Every day staff and children walk past the tree, they will remember Drew . Some days it will fill us with grief as we have had to say goodbye to a dear and good boy but it will also fill us with happiness when we remember the memories he has left behind. Ones that will always put a smile on our faces.

Remembering someone like that can’t be engineered, Drew’s personality, his uniqueness and resilience has left a legacy and he has touched all of our hearts.


We are learning about Shanarri in class because it is very important to know what we need and what other people need. All our class made a mini movie about shanarri we were all a bit of shanarri what we had to do was pick a section from shanarri i was safe so what we had to do was go outside and make a mini movie about safe then we would put all the videos together and make a movie about shanarri.

There was also people vandalizing our school so we had to send the Ileach writing about the vandalism. I am going to show you what shanarri.

Shanarri Stands For:


Safe: You should have a safe house with a good shelter.

Healthy, you should be allowed to have fruit and vegetables daily.

Active, you should have the right to exercise and go out and play

Nurtured: you should have a right to have a loving family.

Achieving, You should have the right to

Respected, you have the right to be respected by your family, friends and anybody.

Responsible, you should have the right to be responsible and know what to do when you are injured.

Included, You should have the right to be included in party’s and so on.


We were leaning about shanarri. Shanarri is import because its child’s rights and the child’s rights is very important.


Changes To The House Captain System

At Port Ellen Primary School, we have houses sort of like a clan. Our clans are Orsay, Texa and Nave.

Every year we normally vote for one captain and two vice captains, after we have voted, the chosen people would run that house and make it better.

We decided to change the system this year so that everyone could have a shot of leadership, most of us wanted the change but some of us were not on board with the change so we had a vote. The majority of the school voted for change so we changed our system and now we alternate.

Every term we change captains for each house. The captains would be primary six or seven. Most of the time the captain was primary seven and the vice captains were primary sixes.

By Kayla Gowler