This week the children in Tolsta Primary School are having their Religious and Moral Education Special Focus Week. This Special Focus Week is part of our RME Project in our School Improvement Plan. The focus of the week is on what Christians believe about God, Prayer and Worship. We have had a number of visitors through the week taking Assemblies and lots of work has been going on in both classes. Here’s a selection of some of the work from the week so far.
Congratulations to Sophie in P7 who today received the Callanish Youth Award for Achievement in Volunteering. Along with her friend Mary, Sophie cycled from Tong to Tolsta to raise funds for Cancer Research. Well done Sophie. Hopefully this will be the start of a life filled with volunteering achievements.
Our January Achievers were awarded their certificates at our Achievers Assembly today. Congratulations to Sophie P7, Jordan P7, Elizabeth P7 Hope P4 and Haydn P2. How good it is to see our pupils working so hard in so many different ways.
Annabel and Murdo and Donald John from TCDL visited the school on Wednesday 19th December to present every child with a £30 book token. We hope the children will enjoy choosing their new books.
This term’s Head Teacher Award was for Enjoyment in Learning and went to Angus Macritchie P2 and Aaron Mackay P7. Both boys received a packet of Mr Men Magnetic Bookmarks for their efforts. Well done boys.
Earlier in the term pupils and staff were visited by STV journalist Nicola McAlley who spoke to the children about what they had been learning in connection with the Iolaire project they were undertaking in conjunction with the North Tolsta Historical Society. During the week beginning 17th December 2018, STV put out two short features on the Iolaire, the second of which featured some of the children in the school and their class teacher Mrs Fall. These short features can be accessed using the links below.
Over the last few weeks the children have been working with Cathie Mary Smith and others from North Tolsta Historical Society on a small interdisciplinary project to mark the impact of the Iolaire tragedy on the villages of North and New Tolsta. We were very pleased last Friday to have been able to attend the opening of the North Tolsta Historical Society premises in the old Schoolhouse in Tolsta where all the children in the school were presented with the very distinctive commemorative Iolaire pins. Presentations were carried out by Mr Murdo Morrison of The Anchorage and Mr Iain Angie Murray, formerly of 37 North Tolsta. We hope the children will treasure these pins and wear them at appropriate times.
On Wednesday 12th December 2018 a great crowd gathered in the community hall to watch the children perform their Christmas Show – The Elves and the Shoemaker. The evening was hugely entertaining and it was great to see the children strutting their stuff on the stage.
Some of the children were awarded with Achievers Certificates at Assembly today for achievements which had occurred through October and November. Well done to all.
Friday 9th December 2018 saw the children of Tolsta Primary School coming together for their Remembrance Day Assembly. They were joined by family members, friends and neighbours who came to the school to hear what the children had been learning about the Iolaire tragedy. Rev Roddy John Campbell spoke to the children about when Joshua crossed the River Jordan and commanded the tribes of Israel to pick up memorial stones and Cathie Mary Smith from North Tolsta Historical Society shared with all present the plans the Society had to work with the children in making some memorial stones to remember those from North and New Tolsta who perished in the tragedy. It was a very poignant day and one which we are sure the children will remember for some time to come.