NSPCC Net Aware

Your guide to the social networks your kids use

Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world

With the increasing use of social media it is really important that we monitor the children’s usage and also check the safety of the sites they use.

Net aware allows you to check the sites your child is accessing.  They monitor and review apps and add the reviews to their website.

I have included the link below and also in the ‘For Parents – Websites’ section.


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World Of work

We are very keen to develop skills for learning, life and work.  As part of that we hope to introduce a ‘Past Pupils’ Board’ where we will interview former pupils about their work.  The aim of this is to help pupils think about all the opportunities and work destinations in our local community and beyond!

Our first interviewee was Dr Beth Mouat.  Thanks Beth for coming in and talking to our P5/6 class and being interviewed by our P7 Pupil Councillors.

Name:  Dr Beth Mouat

Current Job Title:  Head of Marine Science at the NAFC Marine Centre, Scalloway.

Our P7 Pupil councillors asked Dr Mouat some questions about her job.

  1. What is your job?

I am a marine biologist.  I am the joint head of marine science at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

  1. What did you want to do for a job when you were at primary school?

I was lucky; I knew what I wanted to do when I was in primary school.

  1. What helped you decide?

I enjoyed watching nature programmes and also growing up in Shetland surrounded by the sea and fishing gave me an interest.  I knew I wanted to help and make a difference to the fishing industry.  When I was at university I studied a wide range of subjects to begin with and then focussed on fisheries.

  1. What qualifications do you have?

I have a science degree (BSC) and a Masters degree in fisheries.  I also have a PHD.

  1. Did you go to university?  What was it like?

I really enjoyed university.  I did my degree and masters in Aberdeen.  To start with you study a broad range of subjects.  Even though I was doing marine biology I got to study human anatomy and human physiology. We did things like dissecting frogs’ legs!    From doing a wide range it gave me the opportunity to see what I was best at and enjoyed and choose from there.  We got to go on field trips, one to an estuary near Aberdeen to look at creatures in the sand.  We were taught to do things in a proper, scientific way.  When I did my masters I got to work alongside scientists in a government lab in Aberdeen.  I studied for my PHD in Glasgow and did a lot of practical work on fishing boats and government boats.  I got to meet lots of different people.

  1. What are the best bits of your job?

I liked being on boats, although it takes me about 12 hours to get my sea legs! I don’t get to do that as much anymore.  I enjoy learning new things and it is important to me to make a difference.  By working with the inshore fisheries around Shetland I help to make sure the fisheries are sustainable and protect it for the future.  I am lucky because I enjoy most parts of my job.

  1. Are there any parts you don’t like?

Working with fisheries can sometmes be a bit smelly, especially working with whelks!  Now that I am in a management role I don’t get to do so much practical work anymore and have lots of admin to do.

  1. What skills do you think are important for us to be developing in school?

Ask questions!  There is no such thing as a silly question.  If you don’t get the answer – go and look in different places, like books and the internet.  It is important to have an inquisitive mind!

  1. Is there any advice you would give a younger you?

Have the confidence to ask the questions or give your ideas!  Never be scared to say what you think, you need to take a chance as you may be the person in the room with the best idea that no one else has thought of.

  1. What do you need to do to keep your job? Do you have to do extra training?

I have had to do lots of health and safety training.  I think my degrees have given me the training I need to do my work but I do have to do some management training.

  1. Have you always had the same job or have you had lots of different jobs?

I have had different jobs when I was younger and at university.  I worked in Mainlands Shop.  I did work experience at the NAFC during my years as a student and got to work there in the holidays.  This was great as it meant I got to know the people there and found out about upcoming opportunities.  Work experience is really important as it gives you lots of skills to be able to show employers and also helps you figure out what you like and don’t like.

I worked for Scottish Natural Heritage before coming home to Shetland to work at the NAFC in 2005.  I have had different roles there and have been doing my current job for 4 years.  I have a job share which allows me to have a good balance for my work and family.

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JRSO assembly and winter road safety

Our Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) and PC Chris Hardwick led an assembly on winter road safety.  Their key messages were:

  • Wear bright clothes
  • Wear a high vis vest, reflectors or armbands
  • Use a torch to help you see where you are going and this makes it easier for cars to see you
  • Wear warm clothing
  • Walk on the right side of the road
  • If you are riding a bicycle make sure you have lights

PC Hardwick made sure that everyone had understood by asking questions.  Some lucky pupils won a torch as a prize.  Everyone got a pencil for listening so well.  We also had a visit from Abby and Isla from Specsavers who gave out some high vis vests.






It was also National Kindness Day!  Mr Peter Haviland was visiting and he gave Ms Henderson a sweet he had been given at the airport to celebrate National Kindness Day and she decided to pay this forward by giving it to the person sitting in row 7, seat 8!  

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Netball Tournament – 7th November 2017

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I’m a super proud coach of this lot! Great play from such a young team – 4 P5s and 3 P6s. First match was against the Cunningsburgh P7s. We lost 6-1, but played great against a much older and much taller squad. Next match was against Bells Brae, who were made of of almost all P7s. Our team worked really well together and were unlucky to lose 4-1. Final match of the day was against Sound 2, made up of mainly P6s. Dunrossness had a great match with lots of good passing throughout he court. Unexpectedly, we were victorious, winning 4-1. Great start to the league!

Ruth Christie

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Easy Fundraising

Were you aware that Dunrossness Primary School has an easy fundraising account?
It is easy to use, you can set up a reminder that ‘pops up’ when you are shopping at a site where fundraising is available, and costs you nothing!!
A percentage of your spend goes to the school funds.
Click the link to get started! Starting Monday they are having a ‘double donations’ week!!



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The Woodland Trust Trees have Arrived!

In May this year Ms Scanlan and the Eco Committee applied to the Woodland Trust for lots of different types of trees for our school grounds. We have been given over 400, ready to plant in the spring. There are several different species and luckily we have an identification guide, so that we can work out which species they are!

We had fun unpacking them all and in the spring everyone will have a chance to plant a few. Hopefully they will grow as well as the woodland that we planted a few years ago.

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coffee morning

Thank you so very much to everyone who has donated to our coffee morning.  The hampers are looking great – photos to follow on Friday!

This is our main fundraiser of the year so we look forward to seeing lots of you there to support us!

We have had donations from Mackenzie’s Farm Shop, Hughson Brothers, J.W. Gray, Mainlands Mini Market, Toab Shop and The Shetland Times.

We are very grateful for all the support!