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6th Eco-Schools Green Flag

This week we received official notification that we have gained our latest Green Flag from the Eco-Schools scheme. We started in 2005 and are continuing to work on all the ten topics, looking at Litter and two different topics every 2 years. There are 6 Eco-Schools in Shetland.

Our assessor said the following :

‘The feedback is all good and I have no suggestions to make as you have done a fabulous job!You are doing a brilliant job in promoting all the initiatives and making sure the whole school knows how to can be involved. It is great that parents and carers are also involved and I love the idea of Focus Friday, where you bring together mixed age groups to discuss your activities.  I was delighted to read about your links with your partner School in Kenya. What a great way to learn about environmental issues and to understand about climate change and sustainability. I was impressed by the Primary 6/7 pupils who were so moved to action during their rainforest project that they decided to grow plants to sell and make money for a rainforest conservation organisation. Thank you so much for all your litter campaigning. Litter is such a problem for the environment, particularly in coastal areas and it was great to read about the pupils taking part with other members of the community in Shetland’s Voar Redd Up. Well done also for keeping litter to a minimum in the School and for encouraging pupils to collect biodegradable snack food in bio bins and then adding them to the compost heap. It was also great to read that pupils have been learning about food choices, food production, the environmental implications of our food choices and the diversity of food cultures.’

Our next two topics are Waste Minimisation and Health and wellbeing and on Friday, the whole school will be working together to plan what we are going to do. Watch this space…

Wider Achievement

Our first Wider Achievement session was very successful yesterday.  We had 9 activities on offer.   The children got to opt in to the activities they wanted to do.  Not everyone managed to get their first choice but they all seemed happy in their various groups.

We are focusing on building skills and forming positive relationships across all ages in the school.

Our activities this term are:

Creative Adventures – this is a multi generational project led by Alice Mullay and Laura Whittal.

Shetland Music and Dance – Ms Scanlan and Joy Duncan are leading this activity.   They plan to film some of these sessions and they will share this with our partner school in Kenya when they visit there next month.

Cross Stitch – Mrs Moar is leading this session with help from Mrs Tregonning.

Mystery of the Golden Stars – This is a book study that introduces children to the European Union in a child friendly way.  There are mysteries and puzzles to solve along the way.  Ms Henderson is leading this activity.

Board Games – Mrs Hay leads this activity.

Flying High with Reading – Mrs Leslie is leading this group.  During these sessions the group will look at the ways in which we promote reading in the school and make a display to show this.  This will form the entry for a competition run by World Book Day.  We could win up to £5000 of books for our library!

Lego Animations – Mrs Graydon is working with a group to create with Lego and make mini animations using the ipads.

Toys – Mr Rose is working with pupils from P1-4 to make toys using everyday materials.

Cooking and Baking – John is working with this group which was very popular!  This week I believe there were waffles and pancakes cooked and enjoyed.

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