Artistic winners

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!

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Sticky Kids and Windy Kids

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.

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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.

 

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P7 Edinburgh Trip

One of the highlights of being a P7 teacher is the chance to go on residential trips with your class. During our short three day trip to Edinburgh, we visited the National Gallery, the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle, Mary King’s Close, Camera Obscura and Dynamic Earth.

It was a brilliant trip. We had a lot of fun and it is always a pleasure to teach a class that is always laughing. Here are some pictures from the trip.

Sports Day

The weather stayed fine for our annual Sports Day, in fact at some points it was extremely hot. The children all tried their best and put in plenty of effort. We had Sports Day Champions this year which is a new type of award for us. The Sports Day Champions were able to get points in the Sports Day races themselves and they also got points in the field events that happened in the lead-up to our Sports Day afternoon.

After the Sports we had our Fete. This was really good fun with lots of activities and prizes. We raised around £400. The P7s organised a lot of the stalls to raise money for their Edinburgh trip and so £280 of this was for them. The Primary School Fund got £60 and the Nursery Fund got £60.

Cawdor Castle

We enjoyed our visit to Cawdor Castle but the weather was terrible. The maze looked fun but we couldn’t go in because it was too wet. There was a kind of dry moat with a burn beside it. There were 45 rooms and there were lots of books. There were real ostrich feathers above Lady Cawdor’s four poster bed. There is supposed to a ghost that plays piano in Cawdor Castle but some of us say that it doesn’t play the piano! The gift shop was nice but expensive. There was a very steep staircase. Lady Cawdor has a ceramic shoe in her room that always has to point at the door. There is secret doorway going to the dungeons. The castle was built where it is because a man was told to build the castle where his donkey lay down to rest.

By Sarah, Jasmine, Catrina, Molly, Connor K and Jack.

P4 – 7 Shinty Session

The pupils of P4 – 7 were treated to a special shinty session this morning. Not only was it a chance to get out and have a go, it was a chance for the children to learn from the expertise of Ronald Ross.

All the pupils seemed to have a great time and were excited to learn more. Shinty is a sport covered during P.E for the P5/6/7 class but is it great to be able to offer the chance for pupils to develop their skills even further. We are also hoping to arrange similar sessions as soon as possible.

South Highland Inter School Sports 2016

We had a wonderful day at the Inter School Sports on Saturday 28th May 2016, the sun was shining and everybody was cheerful and supportive. Our team was Emma Findlay, Emma Rowe, Sufia Chowdhury, Loulou Nisbet (reserve), Grace Bremner, Lisa Findlay (reserve),Hugo Findlay, Sam Kennard (reserve), Jack West, Kai Frost and Colla MacDonald.

We came home with a good selection of medals, there were eight teams in our section so winning a medal was quite an achievement. Emma Findlay won gold in high jump and another gold in the 80m race. Hugo won silver in the 600m race and Sufia won bronze in the shot putt.

We are all very proud of our medal winners but we are proud of of the whole team, their good behaviour, good cheer and positive attitudes were a credit to the school

Bug Hunters 23rd May 2016

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.