This week there has been a major focus on our Charity Fundraising as we support three major Charities. On Thursday 12th March, pupils will take place in some fun sports activities for Sport Relief. Unfortunately, a planned charity community walk had to be postponed for weather reasons but we will re-schedule for next term.
On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March pupils will be taking part in a ‘Wee Sleep Out’ and ‘Big Scottish Breakfast’. The sleep out is in aid of the Social Bites Charity which aims to end homelessness in Scotland. Pupils will experience having to sleep in a sleeping bag and not in their own beds. They will be watching a video about the work of the charity and what it means to be homeless. A box has been placed in the local shop and donations given of basic food stuffs – pupils will not know until the evening what is in the box and will have to make their meal accordingly. They will then have songs and toasted marshmallows at the camp fire.
The next morning the whole community is invited to a ‘Big Scottish Breakfast’ – pupils and Parent Council will be preparing some delicious breakfasts and donations will be taken for the STV Children’s Appeal. Thank you for all your support so far – we will let you know how we get on and what our final totals are next week.
Pupils at Raasay Primary enjoyed dressing up as characters from their favourite books and stories.
In Nursery, supported by our Digital Leader, we are also developing our own web pages just like in big school. This will be a pupil’s own electronic profile which will be added to over his years in school and shared with his family.
As part of their project to create a short film about life on Raasay, pupils have been working with Mrs Kirsteen Graham to write their own song lyrics based on the Runrig tune ‘Alba’. They have written a bi-lingual song which encapsulates what they love about their island home.
Raasay Primary School has submitted an awards application to the Scottish Education Awards under the category of Children and Young People’s Participation. This recognises all the hard work and collaboration undertaken by the pupils, staff and community in working with various community groups and organisations. The winners will be announced at an event in Glasgow on May 27th. Fingers crossed!
More information can be found at http://www.scottisheducationawards.co.uk
As part of their learning about the human body, pupils learnt about the circulatory system. They made their own representation of this by drawing round a body and using coloured wools to represent the circulation to and from the heart. They used toy cars and lorries to show how nutrients, oxygen and carbon dioxide are then distributed around the body.
On Friday 8th February, pupils attended a special performance of Mary Grieve’s production ‘Shadowbird’ at the Raasay Gallery. Pupils and staff were both mesmerised and inspired by the beautiful storytelling and performance. After the show, Mary and her dad, Dave, very kindly took time to answer questions and show the pupils in more detail how things were made and how various effects were created. Thank you to Christa and Gordon for very kindly hosting the event.
On Thursday 6th February Elgol School joined us for a day of ICT skills development and online safety training led by Robert Quigley, Digital Learning and Online Safety Officer. This was a fantastic opportunity to learn together and also to continue to strengthen our links and friendships with other schools. The pupils not only had a very useful ICT training in various Apps including Jamboard, Soundtrap, Book Creator and Padlet but also some very important lessons in how to stay safe online. After school, Robert led a workshop on e-safety for staff and parents. At lunchtime the Elgol pupils and staff joined the Raasay pupils and staff for one of Annabelle’s delicious school lunches.
Pupils at Raasay Primary School will shortly be undertaking a project to make a short film about Raasay. They will be looking at all aspects of life on the island; tourism, jobs, the environment, community life etc. In order to make a quality production, they have recently purchased a film/video camera using some of the funds raised from the Coffee Day. They will be learning how to use the camera and then to edit the film to produce the finished article. We look forward to sharing our film with you when it is complete.
On Friday 24th January Raasay pupils celebrated Chinese New Year. As part of the celebrations, pupils helped to prepare a Chinese themed lunch with Annabelle. Based on their menu choices, previously discussed in class, the menu consisted of: chicken in black bean sauce, vegetable stir fry, vegetable noodles and vegetable spring rolls. For pudding it was bite-sized banana fritters. As you can see it was extremely yummy and pupils had the opportunity to practise using chopsticks – as we discovered they take a lot of practice! Pupils also made their own Chinese lanterns and traditional dragon masks and also learnt about the history of the Chinese zodiac. Pupils also researched how Chinese New Year was celebrated in China and were surprised to discover that the celebrations go on for 15 days!