Over 20 pupils attended the annual storytelling event that is Spooky Happenings in the Reading Zone of the school library on Friday 31st October. Suitable background music and sound effects was produced by 2Y and 2z in music and played during the session.
Displays of suitably chilling, ghostly and possibly even horrific books were put up and the ‘spiders’ ran amok with their webs to leave the reading zone appropriately decorated for Hallowe’en. Mrs Sinclair, the Librarian started proceedings telling a legend of the Lady of Balcony local to Evanton in East Ross-shire (where she grew up) who was supposed to be a witch, and further linking it with an event which happened to her teenage self and a friend walking home up the glen from the village one dark winter night.
Other pupils and a member of staff also contributed their tales, as well as a few readings from some exceedingly short stories. As the bell for Period 6 (Friday Activities) the pupils dispersed and those remaining for the Dungeons & Dragons / Magic the Gathering activity organised themselves whilst Mrs Sinclair tidied up a bit. Some continued to tell some ghost stories. All in all an excellent and enjoyable session.
The October break has been and gone and thoughts are turning to Christmas which is closer than one would like to believe. Let’s turn the clock back, then, two weeks. The Reading Zone of the library is quiet and the cobwebs appear to have sprouted from the shelves and ceilings.
Monday 5th November saw our annual Spooky Happenings storytelling event take place in the library at lunchtime. The small team of pupil librarians helped set up and tidy away the snacks and were on hand to help supervise the event.
This year we welcomed a local storyteller, Fran Flett Hollinrake, to come and share some of her stories amassed during her time spent doing the ghost stories tours in Edinburgh Old Town and ones learnt during her work here in Orkney as a tour guide and cathedral custodian. Over the course of the lunch she had up to 20 pupils and staff enthralled by her tales and even, at one point had most jumping some distance, in some cases, out of their seats at the end of one spooky story.
This event came close on the tail of the Orkney Storytelling Festival so it was fitting to have a local storyteller in the school so that pupils could get a flavour of this type of event.
Entertaining and just a little bit frightful. MM S5