Pleasingly, the weather cleared in good time for our visit to Culachy Woods on Friday. What a brilliant start we had when we spotted a female Sika deer as soon as we arrived. In spite of the midges, we tried to find as many different things as we could on the forest floor. After that, we made pictures with what we had found…we were able to look at Mrs Brady’s lovely picture for inspiration. We had a go at making bark rubbings and we also practised being quiet so that we could hear the sounds of the forest. We were hoping to meet up with Coinneach and Breagha, our Pixie guides, but they must have been busy elsewhere. Maybe we will see them next time we go to the woods. Many thanks to the estate for their kind permission. Thanks also to the mums who came along to help…we couldn’t do these trips without you!
We were very lucky today to have a presentation by Peter from the Alcan aluminium smelter in Fort William. He explained the process of making aluminium and how the plant in Fort William is one of the most efficient and “green” in the world. He was most impressed by the quality of the questions and answers coming from our young learners. Well done to all.
The Primary 1 children took to the garden today to harvest our lovely runner beans and courgettes. Once collected, they took them immediately to Mrs Curley for preparing for our dinners in the canteen. You can’t ask for any fresher produce for our canteen than that. Well done to the children for planting and harvesting this year.
What a terrific show today! Congratulations to everyone who took part, it was a most enjoyable performance. Thanks too to everyone involved in producing the show.
There was a consistently high standard and the judges found it incredibly tough to decide on the winners, but they were unanimous in their decision. Here are our winners with the galant P6 organisers behind them.
Here too, are the performers caught in the act!
Assembly this week gave us an opportunity to celebrate some terrific winners in art competitions.
Recently, we were asked by RES renewables to submit art work for a competition to celebrate the Corrieyairack Pass, which runs from Fort Augustus to Laggan and dates from the time of General Wade. It is planned for the winning picture to be used in an information board in the area, should the proposed wind farm go ahead.
We were also asked by our JRSO (Junior Road Safety Officers) to produce creative designs for safety cycle helmets for children.
Here are our winners…well done!
P1/2 have had a busy couple of weeks going out and about. Last week, they attended a fun and exercise interactive performance at Strathpeffer Pavilion called Sticky Kids…many of them actually got up on the stage and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Today, they have visited a Wind Farm at Achlain, called Millennium Wind Farm. What an amazing place! Ewan, who works for Falck Renewables very kindly showed us around. He gave us loads of facts about heights, speed of rotation of the blades, weight of concrete etc etc. What I do remember is that the 26 turbines at the site we visited today are enough to provide electricity to approximately 36,000 homes (that’s roughly enough for the whole of the population of Inverness).
Recently too, we did our very own performance, of the Very Hungry (healthy) caterpillar.
P1/2 held a morning of bug hunting out in the playing field and at the canal today and found loads of curious and interesting creatures (some of which started the day as two legged and ended up as six legged). Thanks so much to Cristie Moore, our visiting Wildlife Watch Leader, who volunteered her time…we are indebted to you for such a super experience today.
Thanks also to the parent helpers who came along to support us and keep us safe alongside the canal…we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Mrs Robson very kindly came in to school last week to tell the P1/2 class about shinty and to let them know how to get involved…so we all wanted to get outside and have a go of course!
It was Daniela’s last day on Friday, so, having taught us some Italian (we’re really becoming quite the linguists!), she gave us a taste of Italy by cooking Pizza with us. We all had a go at measuring, mixing and rolling the dough, then we put on our toppings, and finally we had the reward of eating the pizza…bellissima!
What a great day we had today! Mr Wiseman, Heritage Officer for the Scottish Waterways Trust, popped into the classroom to give us a great talk about the canal, its uses and its history. He had some brilliant pictures to show us, not least some that had Ms Scollay and her class in them from just a few years ago.
Even though the weather wasn’t too great, we braved it, wrapped up warm and dry, and headed out to walk up to the top of the flight of locks located just outside the school. Mr Wiseman introduced us to Linda, who told us how the water is let into and out of the locks and also allowed us to open and close the gates…it was a huge thrill to actually move each of the 20t gates.
Thanks so much to Mr Wiseman for coming down to Fort Augustus, and thanks also to all the mums and dads who came along to help make sure we were all safe getting around.
7th Dec 2015
What a terrific morning we had today. Julie, the librarian, invited us to go to the Central Library at Inverness because she wanted to help support and encourage children to enjoy reading and take part in the Scottish Book Awards. Each P1 child has gone home today with their bookbug bag containing, among other things, 3 books shortlisted for the Scottish Book Awards Children’s Book of the year.
Julie read us a brilliant book called Shark in the Park and then we sang some great songs. She ensured that every P1 child has his or her own library card and told us that we can all take books out at any local library and return them to any other local library, so we chose from the hundreds of books in the children’s section and we’ll be able to return our books to the mobile library when it next visits us in Fort Augustus. We spent a little time enjoying the tunnels under the book cases and sharing our books with each other, later on, we sang to Bookbug himself, sending him to sleep…and finally, we tiptoed out of the library without waking him up again. We all agreed this is a great place to visit and we’d like to go again with our families.