Trip for P1, 2 and 3

Primary  1, 2 and 3 went on a trip yesterday to Jarlshof and the Bigton play park.

They thought the best things about the trip were climbing through the tunnels at Jarlshof and the roundabout at the play park, and they enjoyed the bus.

They learned about the Vikings, Viking houses and the Viking graves.

An amazing 13 parent helpers came on the trip! Thanks to all of them.


This Wednesday was the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) final and S2 had been preparing the presentations since February.

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative is where young people form groups to represent charities and compete to do the best presentation. The winning group earns £3000 for the charity.

There were 10 groups before the final and 6 in the final and the Shetland Women’s Aid group won the £3,000. The other groups in the final were CLAN, Cope, Disability Shetland, Samaritans and Shetland bereavement.

Alex Reid from YPI praised all groups who took part.

The judges were George Smith, Jude Donaldson, Dougie Smith and Liz Adamson.

Caelan said “it was nerve racking to perform in front of the crowd.”


We would like everyone to look out for the daffodils along the school road, and please do not kick them over or rip them up.

 We are strongly considering starting a watch out group to make sure there is none of the daffodils being harmed.  

Also, please make sure your dogs do not do anything on them and if they do… please clean it up.    

Scottish Ballet Visit Sandwick

On Thursday 19th of April a group of Dancers from Scottish Ballet came to Sandwick School as part of their visit and teach a wide range of people ballet.

This is part of the Highland Fling production which will be visiting Shetland in spring this year.

Scottish Ballet are doing workshops and talks in Shetland, Orkney and other Scottish isles.

During their time in Shetland they visited a range of Schools and care homes. During their time at Sandwick they did Workshops with Primary and Secondary Pupils.

Down Syndrome Awareness Day

On the 21st of March many pupils from Sandwick School wore odd socks to celebrate Down’s Syndrome awareness day.

Wearing odd socks represents how chromosomes look like socks and how people with Down’s Syndrome have an extra chromosome.

Many teachers also wore odd socks.

Mr Johnson commented: “I didn’t like doing it but it was for a good reason.”

“I changed them back as soon as I got home.”

John Muir Day for S2

On Monday the 19th of March S2A went on a John Muir Day out of the school to Eshaness.

They went for an adventure along the cliffs and exploring the coast

Aaron in 2A said, with great depth and sincerity, “It was good fun”

During the day the weather was nice but it got worse later on in the day.

The following day’s trip for 2B was cancelled due to a broken down bus. They will go out next term instead.

John Muir days are a great opportunity to explore our beautiful coastal areas.

Making a Racquet

On Tuesday, seven pupils in S3/4 took part in a Badminton Leaders’ Course. The pupils took part in a 6 hour session to get a qualification as Young Badminton Leaders.

Their day involved learning how to teach basic skills, carrying out competitions and planning an event. It was run by a BadmintonScotland Development Officer.

The kids found the day very enjoyable and learned a lot of useful skills.

Well done to everyone who took part and big thanks to Jane, the development officer!

SMUHA 2018

Last Friday, the best of all the UHA’s took place, SMUHA.

The Sandwick primary procession took place first in the Community Garden at 10:00 and was followed by the Jarl Squad visit at 2:00, during the Community Cafe.

Just after 3:00 the secondary pupils lined the road down to the Sandwick Baking Company as the Jarl Squad made their way to visit the Bill.

Many members of the public came to the school to enjoy the bakes and fancies of the Community Cafe.

The school got a visit from the South Mainland famous Home Economics teacher Margaret Ramsay and her family who came back up to Shetland to enjoy SMUHA.

All the days events ran smoothly and was a huge success for the Jarl and his Squad.




It’s Mother’s Day this weekend so we thought we would give you some ideas for treating the woman who went through numerous hours of gut-wrenching agony to bring you into the world.

Breakfast in bed ideas:

Scrambled eggs on toast (son/daughter points 6/10)

Bacon roll (son/daughter points 5/10)

Smoked salmon and caviar on ryvita (son/daughter points 10/10)

Cup of tea / coffee (son/daughter points 4/10)

Boiled eggs and soldiers (son/daughter points 7/10)


Gift ideas:








Nice things you can do for her:

Take her out for lunch / dinner

Take her on a day out

Do the house work


On Monday 5th of March Alistair Carmichael, member of parliament for Orkney and Shetland, spoke to the secondary department about his job and about him growing up.

He told us all about politics and how he got into politics. There was surprisingly a lot of questions from all the classes, on matters such as his family, his job, and what he has done for Shetland.  

A big thanks to Alistair Carmichael for coming to Sandwick Junior High School.

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