In Bower we have various child led committees – a Pupil Council, an Eco Committee and Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs). Children are invited to volunteer for one of the committees and these meet weekly. They often make up competitions and arrange different events for their school mates and they share these ideas and initiatives with them during our fortnightly assemblies. We try to make links with our local community wherever we can. For example, our JRSO’s worked with Norscot to provide high-vis vests for all pupils. We also have a cluster Digital Leader group, who meet monthly across Bower and Keiss Schools, led by our Digital Leader Mrs Ross. Pupils can apply and interview for this position when in P5/6/7.
Sporting Activities and Events
An annual sports day is held during the summer term to which our parents, friends and pre-school children are invited. Throughout the year there are many sporting events organised by the Active Schools Co-ordinator. These include: an annual swimming gala at Wick Swimming Pool where the P5, P6 and P7 pupils are invited to swim; badminton festival; a TAG rugby festival, a Sports hall Athletics event held in Thurso High School and a Shinty Festival, all of which allow the children to meet other children from different schools as well as using their skills to have great fun. After School Club Activities Our fantastic Parent Forum have a timetable of activities which they lead during a weekly after schools club throughout the year, which allows our children to participate in various games, sports and other activities. The After School Club which currently runs on a Friday is well attended by our children and our Active Schools Co-Ordinator uses it as an example of excellence, when promoting this at other schools.
Primary 4-7 children attend swimming lessons at Thurso Swimming Pool every fortnight for the whole year. Swimming tuition is provided free but a charge has to be made for transport. The cost of transport to the pool is £2.50 per child but this may have to be reviewed if transport costs rise. If your child cannot swim, the pool has requested that you must provide armbands, which must be brought to school already inflated. Concerts At the end of the Christmas Term the children either perform a musical in Bower Hall or organise and sell at our Christmas Craft Fayre to which family and friends are invited.
At the end of the Summer Term the children enjoy putting on a short concert for parents and friends, performing the poems, songs and stories which they have practised and performed at the Caithness Music Festival. If you have any skills or hobbies which you feel would interest our children, please contact the Head teacher to discuss ideas for activities. For example, chess, gardening, football, sewing, drama, art and craft, music and spinning, etc.
Caithness Music Festival
Every other year in June, the whole school (in their classes) take part in the Caithness Music Festival; this is held in Wick Assembly rooms. The festival includes the option to perform a dramatised song, choral verse, music making etc. In the past we have had assistance with the Feis Ros musicians who encourage the children to achieve a better knowledge of performing in front of an audience as well as learning a new skill. Individuals can also take part in; Performing Poem’s, Caithness Dialect or playing an instrument. For individual entries, this is done through parents taking their own children along to the Assembly Rooms