It is lovely to see everyone coming in this morning, sharing news and looking happy to see their friends.
We had a super surprise from Michelle, Amy and Emily this morning.
They had been doing some fundraising in the holidays and have bought the school some resources to support pupils with dyslexia! What a super way to start a term. We really do have the best school community.
Michelle is also volunteering each Wednesday to help us with our school library.
The Community Council launched a competition before the summer asking the children to come up with designs to make the bins at our beaches stand out. You can see the winning pictures below. Each of the winners received a book token.
We all hope that making the bins more attractive will encourage people to be responsible and put all their rubbish in the bin.
We are helping to clean the sea and we need your help doing the Voar Redd Up. Please help us to stop litter and plastic pollution. It will take place at Boddam Voe beach at 1:45 until 3:15 on Friday May the third. Everyone is welcome to come. We can stop pollution!
Once again SMUHA did not disappoint. We started our day with our junior Procession, led by our P7 Jarl Bjorn Ironside. (Shane Black) We marched behind our galley, Ocean Raider, to the Boddam Sports Field for the burning. It was excellent to see so many members of the community there to join in.
Once the burning was over we all headed over to the Boddam Hall for refreshments and to see our four squad acts. Everyone did a brilliant job! They were very entertaining. Thanks to Mrs Leslie for my introduction – ‘Just got in from the Isle of Skye……….)
Our SMUHA week leading up to the main event was a huge success. The enterprise group, with support from Mrs Wells and Miss Budge, made a fantastic programme, key rings and home bakes to sell. The final total is not in yet. The profits shall be shared between SMUHA and school funds.
We had the folloiwng visitors in school:
Maria Leask – Shetland Dancing
Yvonne Reynolds – Shetland Museum and Archive
Stephen Renwick – Children’s Services
Esther Renwick – Shetland Arts and Moder Dy
The children and staff had a fantastic week and we will definitely plan learning in this way again next year.
The visit from Jarl, Liam Mullay, and his squad was a perfect end to our week. The squad had clearly worked hard and they all looked amazing. They were in fine voice and Liam was a great sport, taking part in our ‘Name that Tune,’ competition. He tricked me into roaring as loud as I could! He hadn’t made the other head teachers do that! I do believe Loki is the Norse God of mischief! Liam may have been taking some advice from him.
SMUHA just keeps on getting better! The community spirit and support for the school and for the main festival is wonderful. The inclusive nature, the friendships and the sense of fun has us all looking forward to next year!
SMUHA 2019 – Da Jarl's Squad visits the Dunrossness Primary School bairns in the Public Hall. (The tune competition was fierce.. and…. "A Heads Up"….allegedly da roars were heard in da Fair Isle 😉 (Please tag and share)
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…
It is almost time! My favourite day of the whole school year fast approaches.
This year we have decided to immerse ourselves in all things Viking for a week! SMUHA is such an important community event that we felt that dedicating all our learning for the week was a fitting way to ensure the bairns maintain their enthusiasm. They are the future of the festival after all!
This year we have gone all out! We have our usual P7 Jarl Squad. Their preparations are well underway but being kept top secret! There are 3 other squads from P5 and P6 who will be entertaining us on the day. The galley is ready and I have to say she is looking great – well done John and galley boy Kempie! We have an enterprise team who will be producing key rings, a programme and home bakes for sale on SMUHA day. We will split the proceeds of our enterprise venture between school funds and SMUHA.
We have the following timetabled events but many other activities are happening during the week. If you would like to help with any craft, story writing, supporting enterprise groups or assisting our squads, please get in touch. We would love to have your input. It is a fantastic community event and we would be delighted if you would like to join us.
Monday: Shetland Dancing for all primary classes. Visit from Jarl, Liam Mullay to see our P7 Jarl squad.
Wednesday: Shetland Museum Outreach visiting. All primary classes will have a session.
Thursday: Mr Stephen Renwick and Mrs Esther Renwick will both be visiting to talk Viking and demonstrate some archaeology.
FRIDAY – SMUHA
9.15: Muster in the school playground (programmes for sale)
9.30: March to Boddam Playing Fields
10.00: Galley burning
10.30: Boddam Hall to watch squad acts, have refreshments and have a chance to buy our fabulous key rings
11.30: Jarl Squad arrives with the galley
12.10: Jarl Squad departs and children return to school for lunch