We were delighted that grandparents Sheila and Jeremy Dare were able to lead our Christmas assembly. The pupils did some thoughtful reflection on being kind to others at Christmas and the origin of Christmas. We sang some carols and were entertained by the puppets!
Chris Lewis, and Jet the dog, came to visit and tell us all about their journey and why they are in Shetland. We had great fun speaking to them and asked lots of questions and told LOTS of stories!!!!
They are walking the coastline of the UK to raise money for, and awareness of, SSAFA. This is the charity that provides lifelong support to serving men, women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents. SSAFA stands for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Chris used to be a paratrooper!!!!!
So if you come across Chris and Jet on their travels, please say hi, maybe donate money to their charity (if you are able to do so) and offer them a cuppa. They love to meet new people and find out about all the different areas that they are visiting. If you’d like to follow their story then you can find them on Chris Walks the UK on facebook.
Today Cal Major, a vet and paddle-boarder, visited our school to tell us about her adventures paddle-boarding around the Isle of Skye. Amazing!
Cal took 12 days to travel around the island. She slept in her tent on the beaches at night. She saw many amazing and beautiful sights on her journey but also some that made her sad. Many of the beaches were covered in plastics.
Cal is passionate about reducing the use of plastics. She told us that the oceans give us half of our oxygen and how important it is to look after them, not just for ourselves, but also to protect marine wildlife.
We thought of lots of ideas for reducing or recycling plastic such as: re-use plastic water bottles or use a metal one; use glasses or pottery cups; re-use plastic bags or use cloth ones; use paper straws; and pick up litter from the beaches.
We really enjoyed Cal’s visit and hope she can come back to see us again.
We have had lots of very interesting visitors to the school this week. Claire Herridge and Jolene Johnson came in to speak to the pupils on Monday about what is involved in running a café. The pupils were able to see the huge range of skills they are learning at school that they will need in the future.
On Thursday Dr Chevonne Angus came into the school to give pupils a description of her work at the NAFC and to tell pupils about the huge variety of courses and careers that the NAFC supports.
P4 – 7 are thinking about all the skills needed for work that they are learning at school and have started folders titled Developing the Young Workforce.
P1 – 7 had a great day out in Lerwick. Everybody enjoyed the film ‘The Grinch’ – even the adults thought it was good! A packed lunch followed at the museum and then everyone enjoyed a scavenger hunt around the museum. We will put donations received towards another trip in the new year.
Mrs O’Neill has been running our science club since we started back after summer. The work done in class and at the club formed a display which the bairns were able to speak about to judges and visitors.
Anderson High School senior pupils led some chemistry, physics and biology activities and My World of Work let us try programming robots!
Our 2 teams took part in a series of 6 STEM challenges which included
designing a plane which would hit the target
building a buggy which would scoot across the floor
designing and building a bridge across a gap
problem solving to unlock a box using a magnet to get the (unnecessary for a diesel engine) sparkplug
identifying renewable and harness-able energy
following instructions to create a jumping frog
We may not have won any trophies but we had a fantastic day!
We had a day full of “ooh”, “wow” and “gosh” on Wednesday when Chris and Scott paid a visit from AfRIS and ran a selection of workshops for P1-3 and P4-7. From “The sun and the earth”, to “Asteroids” and “Space Exploration”, a fascinating and enjoyable day was had by all.
Well, not quite….but we did have a visit from Ian (the camera man), Mari (the coordinator), a lass from Logan Air bearing gifts of Tunnock’s Teacakes and Caramel Wafers, and Sean Batty (the STV weatherman!)….all supporting our fundraising efforts for the STV Children’s Appeal.
Cat Duncan saw the advert on Facebook, asking about community groups etc who might be interested in a visit… and given that Disability Shetland are supported by STV Children’s appeal… and that the school hosts a joint Youth Club with them every month…and that some people have a bit of a “thing” for Sean…and it would be a great experience for our pupils… I got in touch with Mari and managed to book us a visit.
Sean was a great sport and did a mock weather report “live to camera” which was posted on STV Appeal’s Facebook page, along with photos from the afternoon.
Thanks as always go to everyone who helped make the event a success…from making the yummy fancies to the clearing up after…we couldn’t have raised the £112 without you!
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