On Tuesday 21st December pupils at Raasay Primary School had their Christmas Lunch and Party. Our amazing cook, Tekela produced an extremely delicious turkey dinner which was thoroughly enjoyed by all! So much so that there weren’t many left overs for the ‘left-over pie’ that Tekela was planning for the next day’s lunch. Lots of fun was had with various party games including ‘Wrap the Teacher’, ‘Christmas Corners’ and, of course ‘Pass the Parcel’.
On Friday 17th December, Santa and Mrs Claus paid a visit to Raasay Primary School. Apparently Rudolph failed the ‘Lateral Glow Test’! and therefore his mode of transport was somewhat alternative and they arrived by moped! Santa and Mrs Claus were treated to Christmas poetry, Christmas jokes and a Christmas sing song out in the school grounds where they had a special ‘COVID-safe’ Grotto! Thank you to Santa and Mrs Claus for stopping by.
Raasay Primary School pupils were delighted to receive some lovely Christmas advent calendars and chocolates from John and Mary Thomson. A huge thank you to John and Mary for their very kind presents – the pupils will now enjoy opening the calendar every day as the Christmas Countdown begins!
On Friday 19th November, pupils came to school in spotty/dotty clothes in support of the annual Children in Need event. They also took part in the online Joe Wicks Workout which included some general knowledge questions. At their Pupil Council Meeting, pupils decided to donate £25 (£5 per pupil) to the appeal from their Acorn Enterprise fundraising efforts as part of their charity focus. This brought the final total raised to £72.33 – well done to all, a fantastic total!
On Friday 19th November, pupils had an online presentation from Hannah Sutherland from The Highlands Support Refugees. Earlier in the month, the pupils had produced posters to support the campaign and Hannah was so taken with their work that she asked if she could come along (online) to talk to the pupils about who refugees are, what challenges refugees face and what countries they might come from. The pupils had lots of very interesting questions for Hannah and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Raasay Primary Pupils took part in Highlife Wildlife Week which ran in conjunction with the Countryside Rangers. Pupils studied various aspects of of wildlife in the environment here on Raasay. They looked at trees in their locality, the bone caves at Inchnadamph and what they can tell us about life in the past. They also looked at re-wilding and debated what this would mean for the environment and, as part of this, created their own bug hotel in the school grounds. Finally, they studied the rocky shore with a field trip to the local shoreline where they looked at the upper, middle and lower shoreline and what different seaweeds, creatures and shells they might find there. They brought their collections back to the school where they used identification sheets to identify the various different species.
On Friday 12th November, pupils from Raasay Primary School attended ‘The Newton Rooms’ – a STEM Challenge and Skills Workshop where pupils learnt about the principles of Robotics linked to perimeter and circumference.
Pupils from Raasay Primary School paid their respects at the local War Memorial on Thursday 11th November. Pupils had made two wreaths to lay at the memorial – one with the red poppies to remember the fallen and one with purple poppies to represent the animals who lost their lives in the war. The white poppies are to symbolise peace.
On Friday 5th November, Michelle Randall from RAF Youth and STEM team visited the school to deliver a STEM Challenge Day. Pupils were challenged to problem solve various engineering problems, investigate the aerodynamics of making paper aeroplanes and also had the opportunity to learn some basic coding.
The pupils all rose to the challenges placed and Michelle was very impressed with our budding ‘engineers’!