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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!

Christmas at DPS

We have had a great festive term here at Dunrossness.

The Carol Concert was fantastic, the classes all sang beautifully. The mulled apple juice and mince pies were a hit too.

Thank you once again for your support for our fundraising efforts.

Pupil  Christmas Cards – £273

Donations at Carol Concert – £124.76

Christmas Card Deliveries – £350.20

In addition to this we also donated £109.64 to Save the Children for our Christmas Jumper Day.

Wishing you all a lovely festive break and look forward to seeing you all next year!

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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…


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.


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

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Table Tennis Breakfast Club

Mrs J Smith has offered to run a table tennis breakfast club for the next 3 weeks.

The club will be for pupils in Primaries 4-7 and will run from 8.30 – 9.10 on the following Tuesday mornings, 4th December, 11th December and 18th December.

If your child would like to attend, please let Mrs Henderson know.  If your child attends breakfast club but would like to come over in time for table tennis, that can be arranged.

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JRSO Winter Road Safety Assembly

Our Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) are Hannah, Becca, Cole and Drew.  They are leaders of learning about road safety across the school.

With only a week to prepare they presented an excellent assembly on the 23rd November, in Road Safety Week.  Not only did they demonstrate excellent knowledge, they also showed impressive digital literacy and presentation skills.  Very well done to all!


This is very good advice, whether walking on riding a bicycle as it is hard for car drivers to see pedestrians or cyclists in the dark.

They have launched competitions for Nursery, P1-3 and P4-7.

Elaine Skinley also spoke about cycle safety in the assembly and information sheets will follow.  Helmet safety and cycle checks have been the focus of road safety week this year.

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Loch Insh day 2 – the story so far

it has been a lovely day here, warm if a bit cloudy.

The bairns were up for 7am and had breakfast at 7.30. They made their own packed lunch for later in the day.

The first activity for two groups was skiing. They were amazing!

The other 2 groups went windsurfing.  I think the worst but was getting in to the wetsuits!

After lunch the groups went windsurfing or canoeing.

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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