From the 3rd to the 10th of June , 4 staff and 44 pupils from S2 – S4 went to London.

On the way down we stopped at West Bromwich to go to laser quest, but the day before then they’d closed, so we went bowling. We got on the bus and went the next morning to London. The bus journey took roughly 12 hours in total!

We went to Warner Bros Studios and saw Harry Potter World, which was great for all our Harry Potter fans.

During our time away we saw 3 shows. In London we saw Les Miserables and The Lion King. On the way back we stopped in Edinburgh and saw Wicked!

We also visited two other theatres – Shakespeare’s Globe, and National Theatre for a backstage tour.

We also saw many sights in London – The London Eye, River Thames Cruise, Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

We all had a great time and saw some great sights.


Last week saw the yearly Secondary activity days. We spoke to a few pupils about their experiences.

On the Mousa Trip we walked to the boat and we were on the boat for 15 to 20 minutes. It was quite rough. When we got to Mousa we walked to the broch and had some food. When we finished we followed the path, we got attacked by tirricks and then we got to the beach and skimmed stones we got the boat home. Everyone had a great time. (Fraser Leslie, S3)

In the robotics workshop we built robots using the Lego mindstorms sets. First we built the basic model that came with the box and programmed it to drive around a track. We then went on to creating our own designs and tested them off-road in the school field. After that we built new robots to fight each other. (Luke Dutch, S4)

The day camp was a day where we went to St Ninian’s Isle. We got there and put up a tent. After that we walked around the island and went to the shop. I got BBQ Pringles, Fruit pastels and coke. When we got back from the shop we had BBQ. After 30 minutes we went in the sea and swam around. Then got on the beach and a bon fire we warmed up. We played with a frisbee and left for home. (Adam Tait, S4)

Other activities included kayaking, art activities, breadmaking and outdoor education.

Many thanks to all the people who helped to make activities such a success.

Road to Ronas Hill

On Tuesday 12th of June, S2B headed to Ronas Hill to climb to the summit. The whole class, plus Mrs Inkster were going on the John Muir trip for the first time.

It took around an hour to get to the base of the hill. They were climbing up a hill nearby Ronas first then scaling the main stretch.

The class took it in strides, going from cairn to cairn, led by the guide who gave snippets of information along the way. One place they visited was the Giant’s Fist, a six-fingered rock hand, where they were told the tale of Bendonna, a giant who warred with Finn McCool and was defeated by him.

Before reaching the summit, the secondaries had lunch at a lunchtime lochan, before continuing to the trigonometry point at the top. They wrote their names in a book left there by an unnamed person to show that they had been there and headed down, using contouring to save effort.

The following day 2A had the pleasure of doing the exact same trek with Mr Finlayson.

Funding Bid – We Need Your Help!


Sandwick Junior High School has a 12” Dall Kirkham telescope built in Lerwick by amateur astronomer Billy Kay in the 1960’s.

Billy was a self-taught amateur astronomer. He was dissatisfied with the telescopes he was using and felt he could construct better.  Billy polished his own mirrors for the telescope and also built the polisher itself which he designed to polish on a random basis to ensure there was no repeat in the action … a daunting task. The telescopes built by Billy Kay reportedly took photographs of the moon as good as any professional observatory, prior to NASA’s moon mission, and they were taken to a new home at Calton Hill Observatory in Edinburgh in the late 1960s.

The telescopes were brought back to Shetland by Billy, along with BBC astronomy presenter Patrick Moore, in the late 1990s. One telescope was donated to Sandwick School. This telescope has been at the school for over 17 years but needs a permanent dedicated space so that it can be used. We have agreed that Tommy Williamson (a local builder) will lead on the construction of the observatory, and that parents, pupils and other community members will volunteer time and expertise to support the project.  This will be valuable experience for pupils who are interested in developing careers in construction and associated industries.

Financial support from Jewsons would allow us to buy construction materials and wire up the observatory, and would give the project a strong start which will help to engage community volunteers.  Our aim is to build an asset for the community which can be used by a range of groups, and build the capacity and skills of community members throughout the project.

Link to Jewsons Building Better Communities site:

The project has been placed in a category that can be awarded between £5,000 and £10,000.

The Timetables Have Turned

As of last week there has been a new timetable in place for the Secondary Department of the school.

Changes involve school starting earlier (8:50), break lasting from 10:30-10:50, lunch lasting from 12:30 until 13:10 and on a Monday-Thursday three afternoon periods with the day ending at 15:40 and on Fridays only one afternoon period and the day ending at 14:00.

See the timetable below:




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The primary day has not changed but they have lunch slightly earlier.

We asked some pupils their opinions: Adam Newbold said:  “Oh, it’s great” and Eleshia Lee and Rebecca Kerr say:  ” Some days it is a lot better but some days aren’t the best”

We want to know your opinions so let us know in the comments what you think!

We leave you with the expert outlook of Mr Johnson:  “It’ll all be worth it on Friday”.


A new pupil is to join our school, and has some allergy problems.

Many people have allergies, all of which are problematic. Things which can trigger these (they are present from birth, and no way to remove them has been found) are: corn (more largely known as hayfever) nuts, egg, and pineapple.

The specific case is an allergy to dairy, as you may have guessed from the title above, and also eggs.

Going forward, the following rules are in place:

  • No drinks other than water are allowed in student areas,
  • As they will be coming into the secondary department for things such as art and music, it is advised to wash your hands before coming into these classrooms, even if you don’t think you have touched any dairy products,
  • No eating whatsoever is allowed in corridors,
  • Snacks such as biscuits and crisps are allowed in social areas and the ASN department,

These changes come into effect from the start of next week.


We asked Adam Tait about his experience on this week’s Duke of Edinburgh Expedition.

  1. Who went out on the expedition?
  2. Adam T, Lewis N, Zoe R, Emily B, Alice B


  1. Where did you go to?
  2. Muckle Roe and camped at North Ham.


  1. What kind of things did you have to do?
  2. Before the trip we had to plan a 3 hour route and then we walked the route


  1. What were the funny moments/highlights?
  2. Seeing the views and making the video.


  1. What did you think about the expedition?
  2. It went well and everyone worked well as a team.


Thank you to Adam for answering our questions.


On Tuesday the 23rd of May 2018, SDS STEM Engagement Adviser Emma Chittick and other people from Skills Development Scotland came to our school to meet with the S1s in the Social Area.

Their goal was to teach us about new jobs and how the world will change throughout our lives.

To do this, we were shown a PowerPoint and then had to programme LEGO Mindstorms robots to follow our commands. After that, we had a robot battle-ish thing where we had to programme them to go forwards and then back to us without crashing into any other robots. Some people were better at it than others.

Thanks to everyone who came in to make the afternoon so useful and enjoyable.

Teenage Cancer Trust visit

On Tuesday 22nd May, the Teenage Cancer Trust came to speak to S1 and 2.

The speaker was called Sarah Smith, who came in to tell us about the symptoms of some cancers, most common types of cancer and how you can lower your chances of getting it in the first place.

Thanks to the Teenage Cancer Trust for coming in to speak to us.