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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Bodyworks

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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Shinty

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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Celebration Assembly

For the first time in three years, pupils and staff at Raasay Primary were delighted to be able to welcome parents into the school for our end of term Celebration Assembly. Joining us as our special guests for the day were Anne Martin who has been working with the children this year on the Treoir Project; and Eddie Seaman, Chanter tutor. Eddie very kindly piped the children in – to the tune of Scotland the Brave. During the assembly pupils were presented with various certificates, trophies and reading books and their hard work and successes throughout the year were shared and celebrated. Pupils performed their Gaelic poems from the Mod, songs from the Scottish Opera event and played ‘Lovely Stornoway’ on the Chanter. A highlight from the day was Anne Martin and the pupils performing the beautiful Gaelic song which they had composed as part of the Treoir project. This song is now part of Anne’s repertoire and she hopes to perform it one day in Raasay at a wider community event. Our school leaver and nursery pupil were both ‘graduating’ in different ways and this was recognised with a ‘Mortar Board’ and Graduation scroll. Our P7 pupil was also presented with a beautiful cake which was specially made and personalised for him. Annabelle, our cook, also made traditional Breton Cake and Breton Madeleines – recipes which were given to us by our Breton visitors who were here earlier in the term.We wish our P7 pupil all the best as he moves on to High School in August and we look forward to hearing how he is getting on. Happy Holidays to everyone from all in Raasay Primary School. We hope you have a lovely summer.

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Sports Day

On Monday 27th June, Raasay pupils enjoyed their annual Sports Day – with parents and community members being invited to come along for the first time in three years! The pupils had decided on a ‘Roman’ theme for their Sports Day and lots of fun was had by all. The sun shone for us in the afternoon despite it being a damp start to the day. It was wonderful to have the support of parents and the wider community after so long. There were a range of challenges which the children planned for the day e.g. toss the Roman sandal, olive and spoon race, gladiator challenge, ‘Romans on the Rampage’ obstacle course, to name but a few!

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Nursery Outing

Over the last term, our nursery pupil has been forming friendships with the pupil from Glenelg Nursery. At first, this was done online over Google Meets but they enjoyed meeting up on an outing to Kyle. Glenelg School then came to Raasay for a day out which provided another opportunity for a meet up. They have now had two outings to Kyle – and, as you can see are now firm friends! They hope to keep this up next session with lots more opportunities for joint activities. On their last outing to Kyle, they enjoyed finding out about the train and how it works – they even got to go on the train at the station (thanks to the rail strike!). The boys enjoyed spending time together visiting the playpark, cafe, Lifeboat Station and Train Station.

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Jubilee Celebrations – past and present!

Pupils at Raasay Primary School enjoyed a beautiful afternoon to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. The highlight had to be the delicious Jubilee Pudding prepared by our amazing cook Annabelle! With our ethos of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ we reused and recycled the Jubilee hats, cups, plates and bunting which we had used 10 years ago for the Golden Jubilee! We had put them away in the cupboard in the hope that they would come in useful again – and they did..

We thought it might be fun to have a look back at the celebrations from all those years ago – so pictured below are our Platinum Jubilee Day photos along with a blast from the past which we hope you all enjoy.

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