Whalsay School

May 28, 2022
by Mr Spence
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All the best to the old S4

With N5 Art & Design on Friday, our old S4s have now completed all of their SQA exams.  We would like to compliment them on the way they have conducted themselves throughout the exam diet.  This year group have been through 2 lockdown periods and then still had to sit the exams, unlike in previous years where alternative arrangements were made.  Despite this, we had 100% attendance at the exams.  On Friday, we invited pupils in for Coffee and Cake with staff and to receive a photo book that Mrs Hughson had organised for them.  We wish them every success in their futures at AHS or in training/employment.  Pupils who were not able to come in on Friday can still call into the school to collect their photo book and say cheerio.

May 28, 2022
by Mr Spence
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P7 John Muir Day

P7 had their second John Muir Outdoor Day on Wednesday and had a great experience at the Stanes O’ Stofast near Lunna.  All of the pupils took on the challenges set for them and had a great time splashing about in the bogs and exploring the Stanes themselves.  Please see photos below and link to photos taken by Pete Richardson.  We are very grateful to Pete and John from the SIC Outdoor Team for organising the day for us.

Pete Richardson’s photo link

May 27, 2022
by Mr Spence
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Bus Breakdown

We are sorry to say that the bigger school bus that serves Brough, Vevoe, Isbister and Challister has broken down this morning and is unlikely to be repaired in time to do the school run at 2pm.  Office staff have been trying to contact families affected.  Please can parents in those areas make arrangements to pick their children up from school this afternoon? Apologies for any inconvenience.

May 24, 2022
by Miss Irvine
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Music Instructors Concert

On Monday morning Primary pupils were entertained by some of Shetland Schools music instructors. It was the first concert for many of us in over 2 years and it was super to hear live music. The bairns got to listen to music on the fiddle and violin, viola, cello, accordion, piano, drums, saxophone, flute, clarinet, cornet and trombone! Phew!

As a Finale, pupils were encouraged to singalong with the last song they played together , ‘We don’t talk about Bruno’ from Encanto.

Pupils currently in Primary 4 and up can apply for instrumental instruction through the link below.

Instrumental Instruction – Shetland Islands Council

May 24, 2022
by Mr Spence
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Secondary Inter Schools Football

Our Secondary footballers had a great day out at Clickimin today for the inter schools football competition that took place a bit later in the session than normal due to the pandemic.  Our squad of 14 players had a good mixture of new S2s, S3s and S4s and were captained by Ian (S3).  Euan (old S4) had come along for the trip to help organise the team but ended up joining in on the playing side.  All of our squad enjoyed minutes on the pitch and acquitted themselves well throughout the day.  They started with a 2-0 win over Sandwick, followed by a 0-0 draw with Brae.  Their next two games were against eventual finalists AHS1 and AHS2 and they competed well but narrowly lost out 1-0 in both games.  They then enjoyed two impressive 1-0 victories over North Isles and Aith which was enough to see them into the 3rd/4th play off match.  Scorers for Whalsay in the group games were Mackie, Robbie, Euan and Andy.  Andy’s was the pick of the bunch – a long range effort from outside the box that flew into the top corner.  Greig was outstanding in goals, making crucial saves in each game.  The 3rd/4th match was against North Isles who were looking for revenge after their result against Whalsay in the group match had cost them a place in the final.  There was nothing between the two sides and the match went to a penalty shoot out.  Mackie, Euan and Ian all kept their composure to convert their penalties and Whalsay won the shoot-out 3-2 to take third place.  Congratulations to the eventual winners (AHS2) and many thanks to Danny and Jack from Active Schools for organising a great day.

May 19, 2022
by Miss Irvine
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The Primary 7 Football/Netball Championship

On Tuesday Primary 7 pupils went to Brae for a football and netball tournament.

In the football you could win the shield, a cup or a plate. We played on the astro turf and the grass pitch. We played Tingwall, Brae, North 2 and Aith.  We drew 2 games and lost one on penalties. Some of our players joined Lunnasting team to play their games too and we really enjoyed the day out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the netball there were 3 areas where you could play the hall, the playpark and the multicourt. We played in the multicourt. We won nearly all our games except for drawing with Scalloway and losing to Sound in the finals. We came second in the netball and Sound came first. Brae got the shield for the best sportsmanship team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Effie, Emily, Mason and Liam

May 6, 2022
by Miss Irvine
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Nursery Transition

Primary one enjoyed a visit to the nursery this morning to allow Nursery pupils time to visit the P1 classroom. This is something that will happen every Friday until Summer so the Nursery pupils can familiarise themselves with the school building and some new routines. Here are a few photos of their first visit.

 

 

 

April 29, 2022
by Mrs Irvine
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Marine Conservation Visit

This week the Primary had visits from Marine Conservation Society and RSPB.  P4-7 took part in as assembly learning about our sea environment and the problems it faces with climate change and marine litter.  P4/5 and P7 then took part in beach cleans at Sandwick beach and the North Voe as part of the Voar Redd Up.  The visitors were very impressed with our pupils’ knowledge, levels of engagement and behaviour throughout the day so well done them!

 

 

 

April 29, 2022
by Mrs Irvine
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Daily Mile – 10th Anniversary

Yesterday the Nursery and Primary Departments celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Daily Mile. The school received t-shirts for each of the pupils which looked very effective as they completed the run together.

The Daily Mile is incorporated into the pupils’ school day bringing many benefits to their learning such as exercise, fresh air and the opportunity to clear their heads and get them ready for learning again.

Thank you to Laurence for taking photos from above with his drone.

April 28, 2022
by Mr Spence
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Whalsay School ELC Duty of Candour Report 2021-22

Whalsay School Early Learning & Childcare Duty of Candour Report 2021-22

All health and social care services in Scotland have a duty of candour. This is a legal requirement which means that when things go wrong and mistakes happen, the people affected understand what has happened, receive an apology, and that organisations learn how to improve for the future.

An important part of this duty is that we provide an annual report about the duty of candour in our services. This short report describes how Whalsay School has operated the duty of candour during the time between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022. We hope you find this report useful.

1. About Whalsay School ELC

Whalsay School ELC is a local authority provided day-care service for children based in Whalsay.  The setting offers 1140 hours per annum to our users.

2. How many incidents happened to which the duty of candour applies?

In the last year, there have been no incidents to which the duty of candour applied.

3. Information about our policies and procedures

Where something has happened that triggers the Duty of Candour, our staff would report this to the Head Teacher, who has responsibility for ensuring that the Duty of Candour procedure is followed. The Head Teacher records the incident and reports as necessary to the Care Inspectorate. Should an incident happen, the Head Teacher and staff would set up a learning review, allowing all staff involved to review what happened and identify learning outcomes and changes for the future.

In any instance of a severe incident we will seek occupational welfare support to help any member of staff who has been affected by a Duty of Candour incident.

In any instance where parents/carers, children or other service users are affected by the duty of candour; we have arrangements in place to provide welfare support as necessary.

4. Other information

If you would like more information about the Duty of Candour please do not hesitate to contact us.

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