In order to aid transition from Primary to Secondary school Primary 7 pupils from Bernera, Breasclete and Uig schools are coming together with teaching, Support for Learning and Active Schools staff at planned special events over the next three months. It is hoped that pupils from the three schools will benefit from the opportunity to meet with the other Primary 7 pupils before transition to secondary.
On Monday 23rd February the P7s from the three schools met up at Breasclete School with Jenna Stewart from Active Schools for some Tchoukball practice and play ahead of the Tchoukball Festival at the Sports Centre the following day. It was a very enjoyable session for all and our P7s expressed the wish that they had more time and that they could do it again.
Bernera Primary 6 and 7 pupils joined forces with Uig P6s and 7s to make up team Bernuig, playing together in a Tchoukball Festival at the Sports Centre on Tuesady 24th February.
Tchoukball? For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, Tchoukball is a fast, indoor, non-contact team game using a soft ball and a mixture of handball and volleyball skills. Our P6s and 7s have really enjoyed the Tchoukball ‘taster’ sessions they’ve had with Active Schools Co-ordinator Jenna Stewart and Uig and Breasclete pupils in recent months and this was their first opportunity to take part in an organised event with teams from other schools.
Around 24 teams from various Lewis schools took part, and so great was the interest that the organisers had to schedule a second morning of play on Tuesday 3rd March. Our pupils all agreed that it was really good fun and they would love to do it again with MORE games! As ever, their behaviour both on and off the floor, was impeccable and they were complimented by the organisers as displaying the best teamwork skills out of all the teams taking part. Well done Bernuig!
Pre School Education enrolment usually takes place in February on a date notified to parents by local press advertisement. Children aged 2½ can be enrolled in the Sgoil Àraich if there is sufficient space and their birthday falls before the 28th of February of the current academic year. If demand for places outweighs supply, priority will be given to children eligible for their pre school funded place. Children securing a funded place are entitled to 475 hours over 38 weeks and a maximum of 12½ hours pre school education will be provided in any one week. Children who enrol in the nursery will be invited into the nursery before they begin to experience a little of the nursery atmosphere and to meet the nursery staff.
More information can be obtained from the Nursery Manager:
Kirsteen J. Maclean
Isle of Lewis
TEL: 01851 822 892
Sgoil Àraich Bheàrnaraigh is amalgamated with a Gaelic Medium Primary 1 and 2 Class and pupils are therefore taught by a Gaelic Medium Teacher. The opening hours of Sgoil Àraich Bheàrnaraigh are as follows:
Before leaving nursery, a profile and transition record for each child will be prepared by Sgoil Àraich staff to hand over to Primary School staff to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of education for the child transferring to Primary. There will also be a number of visits to the Primary Class in the lead up to the child commencing in Primary 1.
During the Summer term each session, Primary 7 pupils have the opportunity to attend their chosen secondary schools for an induction period.
When pupils complete P7 they will normally transfer to: The Nicolson Institute
Isle of Lewis
Telephone Number: 01851 707000
On induction days, pupils travel on the school bus, meet secondary teachers and sample part of their future weekly timetable. Each year a member of the secondary Guidance Team will travel to the school to meet P7 pupils prior to their transfer to secondary. In addition, a member of the School Management Team will hold discussions with the Head Teacher each year to ensure that all aspects of a pupil’s work and personality are known in order to assist with a smooth transfer from Primary to Secondary. Every second year a member of the Secondary School Management Team will also visit the Primary School to meet pupils and staff.
The Principal Teacher for Learning Support visits our school in October/November of each year in order to meet those Primary 7 pupils with additional support needs and participate in review meetings with parents and staff. Such pupils may also be offered the opportunity of additional induction days which will be based in the Support for Learning Base. These induction days would follow a similar pattern with time also spent in the Support for Learning Base getting to know the staff.
Over the last number of years a transition event has been held within the Learning Community for all Primary 7 pupils. This has proved to be most beneficial and has allowed Primary 7 pupils from smaller schools in the surrounding area an opportunity to meet and engage in learning activities with one another.
When possible, pupils in Bernera School meet with pupils in Uig and Breasclete Schools for a variety of sporting and other events. The purpose of this is to give our pupils greater opportunities to meet and engage in learning activities with one another prior to moving to secondary.