learning at home

Here are some suggestions from Ms Burr:


  1. Make a Sketchbook/Diary/ Scrapbook
  2. Use 5 pieces of paper or more -paper for 5 days title Monday.Tuesday.Wednesday Thursday,Friday
  3. Big or small it doesn’t matter
  4. Date each drawing and give it a title.
  5. Think about Themes to explore in drawing /collage and if you have paints and crayons use them.
  6. Explore outdoors what do you see?
  7. Art is all about looking/discovering/examining/collecting
  8. Enjoy making something
  9. Read and draw something you see or feel.

School Closure

Shetland Islands Council’s Children’s Services Department is closing some of its schools and Early Learning and Child Care Settings to children and young people from Monday 16 March to Friday 20 March for operational and resilience reasons. Dunrossness Primary school will be closed to pupils.

We have issued learning at home packs with each child. There is a letter inside each pack explaining what we would like pupils to do. If your child is absent today and does not have a sibling in school, please come and pick up your pack from school. The office will be open on Monday from 9.00am to 3.30pm.

Children’s Services will be issuing further information to parents and carers at the start of next week. We will endeavour to keep you updated.

If you need to contact the school for any reason, please use the Dunrossness Primary School email address. durnossess@shetland.gov.uk

Thank you for your understanding,

Andrea Henderson
Head Teacher

SMUHA Enterprisers – Final Jewellery Design

During SMUHA week, some enterprising pupils from P6 went up to Shetland Jewellery’s workshop in Weisdale. They learned all about the jewellery making process, and then came back to school to create their own design. The group worked together to create a piece that has the school logo’s lighthouse, a peerie galley and a Celtic knotwork sky.

Sophie Whitehead-Robertson has worked her magic over the week to have a completed piece, based on the pupil’s drawings.

We are delighted that parents, friends and families are able to order this unique piece. The pendant will cost £40, an can be ordered through the school office. Please email us for any more information/to place an order.

At special request, this piece can also be made into a brooch.

The price we are able to offer you is fantastic, and much lower should it be bought off the shelf.


We are very sad to have cancelled SMUHA day here at DPS.

The Music Festival has also been cancelled.

We hope to hold a concert in the school at a later date so that our Music Festival attendees get a chance to showcase their talents. We can’t plan anything at this time.

There will be no P2/3 or P1/2 class assemblies this term.


SMUHA is fast approaching and plans are afoot for another wonderful SMUHA week! Once plans are finalised later this week for Monday to Thursday we will share the timetable. We would love for friends and family to come in and join us for some of the activities.

SMUHA DAY – All Welcome

9.15: Muster in playground

9.30: Procession led by P7 Jarl Squad

10.00: Burning at Boddam Playing Field

11.00: Teas, coffees, cakes and biscuits for sale in school. A chance to buy some SMUHA Enterprise produce.

11.30: Squad Acts in hall

2.00: Jarl Squad arrives in school

Please join us if you can. Best day of the school year!

Netball match report

Last week the DPS netball team played their last two fixtures in the ‘South’ primary league.  The team for this fixture was Becca Williamson (GS/GA), Hayden Thomson (GS), Isaiah Christie (GA/GK), Carla Johnson (WA/WD), Callum Morrison (C), Hannah Rosie (WD/WA), Alex Christie (GD) and Robbie Henderson (GK).

First up was Hamnavoe against Dunrossness.  The DPS team settled really quickly and had some excellent attacking play, putting them 5-0 up at half time.  In the second half, they continued with the attacking play. Even with some extremely tight defending from Hamnavoe’s GD, DPS stormed through with a 10-0 win!  After two games’ break, Dunrossness was up against Sandwick.  The first half was hotly contested, with some great play in the middle third.  However, both teams struggled to score and half time ended 1-0 to Dunrossness.  After a half-time pep talk, Dunrossness set off on a mission and stormed through the second half to end the match 9-0 up.

Dunrossness have won all their games in the ‘South’ league and are therefore THROUGH TO THE FINALS!  The other finalists are not yet known and the date is to be confirmed.

Happy coaches, happy team!

Registration, Enrollment, Placing Requests

Here are some important dates for enrolling into nursery, P1 or secondary school. These paragraphs are copied from the SIC Admissions Policy. The full policy can be viewed in our For Parents – Policies tab.

Nursery Registration

Registration week for ELC will take place between the 7 and 14 February 2020. The link to the online registration form along with a detailed registration guide for parents and carers will be found at www.shetland.gov.uk/education.

Deferred Entry to P1

Parents of children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st January and 28th/29th  February have the automatic right to defer the entry of their child into Primary 1. All parents/careres wishing to automatically defer their child, must complete Section A of the deferred entry form which can be found at: http://www.shetland.gov.uk/education/EarlyandDeferredEntryintoP1.asp

Parents of children whose birthday falls between the start of the school session in August and 31st December, can request deferral, but the granting of it is at the discretion of the local authority. For these parents, therefore, it is important that you ask them to complete Section A and B of the deferred entry form (link above) if they enquire about deferral. The Head Teacher / Manager must then complete Section C and submit to Children’s Services by 15 March for determination by 30 April.

Enrollment to P1

Parents are asked to enroll their children for P1 for the 20/21 session during the week Monday 10th – Friday 14th February. Forms are available from the school office or nursery.

Placing Request Notice

A Placing Request Notice will appear in the Shetland Times on Friday 31st January.  The notice requests that parents who wish their child(ren) to attend a school which is not their local catchment area school, for the start of the new school session in August 2020, to make a placing request no later than 15th March 2020.  These requests will be decided upon by 30th April 2020.


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