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SMUHA

Wow!  What a day!

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)

Posted by Geoff Leask on Sunday, March 10, 2019

SMUHA Plans

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.

SMUHA Week:

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

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SMUHA 2018

Well I don’t quite know where to start!  What a truly fabulous day we have had here and Dunrossness Primary School.

This winter our galley boys, John Mackenzie, Andrew Kemp, Stevie Bruce and Duncan Kidson have worked hard to build our brilliant galley.  The nursery bairns stamped their initials on to it to add a finishing touch.  The galley was named Lia.  This is made up from the junior Jarl’s siblings initials.

Our wonderful Junior Jarl was elected in January but has managed to keep her identity top secret until today.  Michaela has been a wonderful Jarl and her and her squad of P7s have done us proud!

Our procession left school at 9.30, accompanied by the Fire Engine.  We were delighted to see so many friends, families and community members out to support us!


We were very luck with the weather today and the galley burned beautifully!  

We were entertained by the squad acts from P5-7 who chose this for their wider achievement.   They were most entertaining and both squads performed acts involving school!

We all felt sorry for Miss Ingrid in the first act – thankfully none of our pupils really behave like that!

One act had reinstated the ‘green seat’ that many ex pupils still speak about!  In this squad we saw some staff room antics – have they been spying on us I wonder?

Our junior Jarl squad took part in the Axe Factor!  It was very entertaining but the audience disagreed with the judges!

And as if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day we finished with a visit from the Jarl and his squad.  They looked brilliant and are all in fine voice!  Jarl Ian Bray was happy to take part in our Ness United quiz.  He was lucky he could phone a friend and ask the audience to help him out with some of the tricky questions set by Irvine Burgess.  Ian also had the chance to ‘demolish’ some houses in ill repair with his footballing skills.

Emma got her photo with the Jarl next to the shield she designed for the galley!

The Junior and Senior Jarl both presented the school with lovely plaques!  Thank you.

It has been a wonderful day and we would like to thank everyone involved in helping make today such a huge success!  It is a lot of hard work pulling off an event like today but it is so worth it!  We are very lucky to have John Mackenzie here to help us make everything run so smoothly.

This festival goes from strength to strength and it is fantastic to see so many members of the community together to support it.  We wish Ian and his squad the best day and night to come.

3 Cheers for SMUHA!

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SMUHA

Well – I don’t really know where to start!  What an absolutely brilliant day was had by all in Dunrossness Primary!

Thanks to John, Stevie Bruce, Duncan Kidson and Andrew Kemp for all their hard work over the winter to make our galley.  Thanks to Ness Engineering for sponsoring the galley and providing the materials.

We really appreciate members from Jarl Squads past coming to support our procession and thank the torch boys for providing us with the torches.

The Fire Brigade were on standby to keep us all safe – thanks to our local crew.

We had a brilliant performance from our P4 and P5/6 drumming groups – thanks Joy!  I really enjoyed dancing along!

Thanks Annalie Irvine for playing piano for us.

This year’s P7 Jarl Squad did a brilliant job on the day.  They were very well organised and looked fantastic.  Calum ‘Trunsherface’ Mackay was a fabulous Jarl and representative of the school.

All staff and bairns in the school embraced the build up and the events of the day.  SMUHA is a fantastic, inclusive community event and we love taking part each year.  I am sure the children in the local area will continue the festival for years to come.

Finally a huge THANK YOU to all the members of the school community for turning out to support us.  What a superb atmosphere!

3 Cheers for SMUHA – I can’t wait for next year!