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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…

HT Blog – Week 7

Afternoon all!

Monday

It has already been a busy day here.  The P5-7s all went to see a play, ‘My Friend Selma,’ this morning at Cunningsburgh.  I have heard great reviews.  We are very grateful to have had this opportunity and thank Noelle Henderson and Shetland Arts.

Bikeability is happening now.  There will be further sessions for those who missed out.  Next week will be the assessment session.

We have had a Bookbug session this morning.  It is great to see all the peerie ones coming in.  It is good to get to know them and their parents before they start nursery with us.

P5/6 enjoyed a Spanish session with Mr Harpe.

Tuesday

Mrs Hay is in P5/6 while Mrs Wells attends training.

Ms Clare Burke, Speech and Language Therapist,  visiting to see pupils.

Wednesday 

Mr Rose will be in P6/7 to support their learning in P4/5.

We have a staff meeting to discuss Christmas!!!

7pm:  Parent Council AGM #2

Thursday

Mr Rose will be in P4/5 to support their learning.

Friday

Primary 7 have their first John Muir day.  They are all very much looking forward to it.   Mrs Hay will be in to work with the P6s.

P2/3 and P4/5 have swimming.  This is their last session for now.  P4/5 have a day to make up and this will happen in May or June.

Mr Haviland, our QIO, and Suzanne Hargreaves, attainment advisor for Shetland, are vising on Friday to discuss our improvement plan.

We have assembly with Al Weir.

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Week 8

Let’s hope the mist blows away so we can have a fine week of weather next week.

Monday

We have the following pupils representing the South Mainland Schools at the County Sports:  Ciaran, Jacob, Ayla, Archie, Lily-Jane, Cameron and Lewis.  We wish them all the very best in their events and look forward to hearing how they’ve got on.  I will update you.

We also have Scottish Opera, the P5 and P6 pupils are in Sandwick all day, rehearsing in the morning for the performance at 2pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend the performance of ‘Dragon of the Western Sea.’   The rest of the school will be attending the performance.

Mrs Graydon is leading a Bookbug session in the library at 10am.

While the P5s are away Ms Izzy Swanson is coming to do some drama with the P4s.

P7 are out on a John Muir Day.

Tuesday

P1/2 go to Boddam Voe with Harry Rose as part of their topic work.

We have a meeting at 6.30pm for the parents of our new P1 class.

Wednesday

History Walk day!  We are really looking forward to hosting a History Walk around the Boddam Loop.  It should be a great morning with lots of members of the community coming together to share knowledge and stories about the area around the school.  We will have some items on show in the school too.

Mrs Leslie and Mrs Smith are missing this event as they are in Aberdeen for a  Northern Alliance Literacy meeting.

I am going to the Screenplay launch in the evening to see an introduction to the films on offer and possibly book some trips for our classes next session.

Thursday

Mrs Inkster is away and Mrs Tait will be covering her class.  P2/3 are off to the Pool of Virkie on a trip with Mr Rose.

Mrs Wishart is covering P5/6 today.  Mr Rose is with the class in the afternoon.

The pre-school class are going to spend some time in their new classroom with Mrs B Smith.  I will take the current P1/2s for a health and well being session.

Friday

Mrs Inkster is still away and Mrs Tait is in P2/3.  Mrs Wishart is in P1/2.  We are very lucky to have such lovely supply teachers to come and work in our school!

As music has moved to Thursdays, we have our celebration assembly on Friday this week.  We would love to hear about celebrations from home.

This will be my last day in school until Monday 18th June as I am away in Loch Insh the following week with P7.

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We need your help!

We are currently updating our Curriculum Rationale and really need your input!

What is a Curriculum Rationale?

When a school has a rationale for its curriculum, it means taht everyone involved in the school can answer the questions ‘What is it we want for these children?’ and ‘What are we going to do to achieve it?’

(Education Scotland)

We will post a question a day for the next few days and we would really appreciate you taking the time to add your views and ideas.

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Week 7

Good morning everyone!  What a fabulous weekend it has been, I am pleased to see the fine weather I ordered arrived and we all got to enjoy the outdoors!

We welcome back Mrs Fiona Henderson to P1/2.  We are delighted to have her back.

Tuesday

Tonight we have a nursery parents evening from 4-5.30 and 6.30-8pm.  We hope to see lots of parents there.   We will have feedback on your questionnaires available and would encourage you to ask about anything you are unsure of.   This has been a learning year for us all with the implementation of 1140 hours.

Wednesday

P7s will be catching the SJHS bus for the first time.  The bus times were sent out on Thursday but please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are unsure.  1a go on their outdoor day and 1b remains in school for a STEM/Problem solving day.

We have our first transition morning, with everyone moving into their new classes.  It is a chance to spend some time with new class mates and the teacher they will have for the year.

Thursday

P7 are out again today, this time 1a stays in school and 1b will be on their outdoor education day.  They catch the bus straight to SJHS again.

We have assembly with Mr Alasdair Macpherson.

Due to the change in timetables in secondary, Mrs J Inkster will be in Dunrossness to teach music on Thursdays from now on.

Friday

Ms Scanlan is away on training and Mrs L Tait will cover her class.

We hope everyone has a super week in school!

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Week 5

Good afternoon.  Another busy week here in Dunrossness Primary!  We welcome Louise Fraser and Molly Budge to school for work experience from the Anderson High.

I was out yesterday at a Head Teacher Development Day.  Some very interesting presentations and thoughts for future developments.  It is always good to attend these days to hear about local and national initiatives, of which there are many at the moment!

Today we have had a visit to our nursery from Mrs Audrey Edwards from Schools Service and Mr Craig Clement, from the Northern Alliance, who is looking at the model for expansion to the 1140 hours free early learning and child care for all 3-5 year olds with our collaborative from the north of Scotland.  He seemed impressed with our setting and the flexibility we are able to offer parents.  He also saw some very happy bairns playing outside.

Bairns in all the classes are busy preparing for our Learner Led event next Tuesday.  Keep an eye out for your invitations!

On Wednesday we lots on!  P7 go to SJHS for a transition visit, P4/5 are off to Mareel to see ‘Baba Yaga’ and P5/6 and the remainder of P6/7 are off to visit the archaeological site at Brew with Mr Gerry Bigelow.   The pre-school children are having their first school dinner in the hall with the others.  Mrs Leslie is out on a training course.

Thursday starts with an assembly from Cheri Young from the Scripture Union.  Mrs Leslie is out on a training course.

On Friday P4/5 are off to the Sumburgh Lighthouse for a visit.

The school is looking lovely with all the displays and bairns work on the walls.  We very much hope that lots of you will come along next Tuesday to see what is going on!

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Voar Redd Up

On Thursday 26th April, all the children from Primary 1-7 took part in Voar Redd Up, our spring litter pick. Earlier in the year some winter storms had thrown lots of marine litter into Boddam Voe and we were keen to try to clear as much plastic as possible. We were also joined by lots of members of the local community.

Everyone worked very hard and we made a big impact on the amount of rubbish.

All finished for the afternoon. The beach is looking a lot better.