Blythswood Boxes

A huge thank you to all who contributed to our Blythswood Boxes donation box. We had a fantastic response with lots of beautiful knitted items, toiletries, notebooks, pens etc which all helped to fill our shoeboxes. Pupils chose very carefully and made boxes suitable for children, babies, teenagers, men and women with 16 boxes being filled in total!

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Indoor Climbing Sessions

Pupils in Raasay Primary School recently undertook indoor climbing sessions at the ‘Third Ridge’ indoor climbing centre in Portree as part of their P.E. All pupils excelled at the activity and carefully listened to and took on board the instructions and safety guidance. We hope to build on our skills by undertaking some outdoor climbing later in the school year.

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Climavore Citizen Science Workshop

On Tuesday 27th September, in conjunction with Climavore, the pupils undertook a Citizen Science Workshop with Marine Biologist Hayley.

Hayley gave an introduction to the study in the class before leaving for Clachan Beach to do a field study on the shoreline.

Pupils were able to identify various seaweeds, molluscs and crabs using the guides provided and were thoroughly engaged in their investigative work.

To finish off, and to help warm us up, Hayley provided some delicious ‘seaweed’ hot chocolate! Thank you to all involved for a fantastic day.

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Eilean Donan Castle and Seaprobe Atlantis

During a recent Pupil Council meeting pupils at Raasay Primary School identified a trip in the Glass Bottomed Boat the Seaprobe Atlantis as an end of term reward. They had also been studying ‘Kings, Queens and Castles’ as topic work this term and therefore on Wednesday 5th October, pupils travelled to Kyle for a trip on the Seaprobe Atlantis, followed by a visit to Eilean Donan Castle.

The trip on the boat was thoroughly enjoyed by all and provided a chance to observe the underwater marine life and kelp forests – as well as some seals!

Pupils then travelled to Eilean Donan where they had a fantastic tour of the castle with one of the guides. They even performed their Gaelic Song ‘Tobhta Fearna’ from the piper’s stage above the main hall. Their performance was thoroughly appreciated by the guide and some visitors who gathered to watch the performance!

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Royal Visit

On Wednesday 7 September staff and pupils at the Isle of Raasay Primary enjoyed the chance to host a special guest when HRH The Princess Royal visited their school.

Her arrival was heralded by the school’s piping tutor Mr Eddie Seaman who performed a selection of tunes as Head Teacher Mrs Wilma Duncan extended a warm welcome and presented School Clerical, Mrs Rhona Gillies, Classroom Assistant Mrs Catherine MacLeod, School Cook and Cleaner, Mrs Ann McGowan and Parent Council Representative, Mr Iain Hill.

Once inside, before meeting the 5 pupils currently attending the school, HRH had the chance to chat with former Head Teacher Mrs Sandra Smith, as well as the Highland Council’s Area Education and Learning Manager Mrs Mhairi MacDonald and recently retired Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr John Laing.

Class Teacher Miss Donna Mackenzie then introduced the pupils Hamish Blair P7, Calum Duncan P6, Alexander Hill P3, Harrison Downie P2 and Eachann Hill P1. HRH then had the opportunity to look over a display of classwork and find out more about the recent projects pupils have been working on.

She was then entertained by pupils performing `Make Your Way to Stornoway’ and reciting Gaelic poetry before Gaelic Singer Ms Anne Martin introduced their Treoir Project which relates to the cleared village of Fearns. HRH enjoyed listening to Mrs Martin and the pupils perform ‘Tobhta Fearna’, a song composed by the children for the project.

After hearing some background to the story of Calum’s Road, The Princess Royal was presented with a gift of Calum’s Road book by Hamish Blair. Calum Duncan then presented a copy of a poem created by the children for the Treoir Project and on behalf of all the staff and pupils, Alexander Hill presented a scarf of Raasay tartan design woven by local weaver Miss Lillian MacLeod.

The visit drew to a close with Her Royal Highness being invited to sign the visitor book before being given a rousing send off by pupils, staff and guests and the playing of the pipes.

Speaking after the visit, Head Teacher Wilma Duncan said: “We all really enjoyed the chance to showcase some of the excellent work pupils are doing at our small school. Her Royal Highness showed a lot of interest and asked lots of questions. I want to thank the pupils, staff and the wider school community for all their efforts to ensure the visit was such a success.

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Castle Drawing Workshop

Pupils enjoyed a visit from local artist and video maker, Calum Gillies, who shared with the pupils his passion for the history of Castles – and Brochel Castle in particular – and his techniques of line drawing. The pupils then produced their own interpretation of Brochel Castle.

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This term the pupils are learning all about ‘The Human Body’ and were thoroughly engaged during the ‘Bodyworks’ workshop by Glasgow Science Centre with lots of hands-on, interactive activities.

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The P.E. focus this term is Shinty and pictured are the boys during their P.E. session at the pitch.

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New Session

We are delighted to be back for the new session and this year, not only do we have a new P1 pupil but we also have a new P2 pupil who has moved to the area. This term, pupils will be focussing on angles, symmetry and transformation in Maths and in Mental Maths, the four operations of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. In Numeracy – number processes – addition and subtraction. We will be continuing with our daily wrap around spelling lessons and we will be having a focus on Imaginative Writing specifically relating to Fairy Tales. In Health and Wellbeing we are learning all about People who Help Us and we hope to have some visitors to the school later in the year to tell us all about what is involved in these jobs e.g. Firefighter, Nurse, Paramedic, Police Officer etc. The boys in P3-7 will be continuing with their weekly music sessions with Eddie on chanter and tin whistle. In P.E. our focus will be shinty and where possible we will be using the community pitch for these sessions. Our science topic this term is The Human Body and in French and Gaelic our focus will be on numbers. Our Social Studies IDL will be ‘Castles, Kings and Queens’ to link in with our preparations for our Royal visit in a couple of weeks. This term in RME we are learning about Judaism and our Creative Friday afternoons will have an Art/Technology focus, directly linking with our Social Studies IDL. There will also be visits to the school from Anne Martin, Gaelic Singing input, Childsmile, Bodyworks (Glasgow Science Centre), Blythswood Shoebox Charity information workshop, Climavore Beach Study with a Marine Biologist, Bikeability with Bill Ross (whole day sessions developing on skills taught last year) and we are also lucky to have some extra swimming sessions timetabled in this term. As well as having lots of visitors – some more famous than others! we will also be heading out and visiting Eilean Donan Castle as part of our Social Studies topic. Pupil Council identified that a trip on the Glass Bottomed Boat on Kyle would be a ‘cool’ way to end the term as a reward focus. So – a busy time ahead in learning in a variety of contexts.

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Summer Picnic

Pupils enjoyed the annual School Summer Picnic prepared by our cook, Annabelle. As it was Annabelle’s birthday and also one of her last days with us – pupils presented Annabelle with cards which they had made themselves. We are sorry to see Annabelle leave us but we wish her well in whatever she does next and look forward to her popping in to visit when she can. We are delighted that Ann McGowan will be taking up the post of cook after the holidays.

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