P7 pupils from Skye and Raasay schools were given the opportunity to take part in a sailing taster session at Portree Sailing Club. Raasay pupils attended on Tuesday 15th June and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Being towed behind the fast boat was definitely a highlight!
This year, due to Covid restrictions, our annual Sports Day had to take a slightly different format. Unfortunately, parents and friends were unable to join us – however, pupils planned their own ‘Viking’ themed event with a variety of challenges. There were various challenges from welly throwing to ‘Vikes on Bikes’! The weather might have seemed more like October than June but even some rain – and quite a bit of wind – couldn’t damped our spirits! Well done to all for a fantastic and memorable event!
On Wednesday 9th June P7 pupils from Raasay, Struan, Knockbreck, Elgol and Carbost Primaries came together for a ‘Beach Day’ at Raasay as part of their Transition to High School. Pupils engaged in ‘Getting to Know You’ and warm up activities, as well as a beach scavenger hunt and a seaweed search; where they found and learnt about various types of seaweed around our shores. The group enjoyed the opportunity to ‘gel’ and form friendships before going up to High School. There was a lovely visit to the Walled Garden where they took their lunch, had some chill out time and then played a game of hide and seek. The afternoon was spent on the beach, rounded off with a bonfire and toasted marshmallows! The pupils all thoroughly enjoyed the day and are now looking forward to meeting up again on their High School Transition Day on Friday 18th June.
On Tuesday 1st June pupils were invited to visit Raasay Walled Garden to plant flower seeds and flower bombs. Pupils were given a tour of the garden including the polytunnels and orchard area. They were also shown all the produce which is being grown for the community. They then had the opportunity to sow the flower seeds in one of the garden beds and hope to come back to see the results later in the summer. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their visit – the highlight was getting to taste the beautiful strawberries and freshly picked carrots – delicious!
Thank you to all at the Walled Garden for creating such an amazing, productive and stunningly beautiful place for us all to enjoy.
Over two sessions this term, pupils will be undertaking Bikeability training. The first session was delivered by Sarah Ross, Active Schools’ Coordinator who took the pupils through some aspects of the Level One and Level Two training. Pupils learnt how to store their bike safely, mount and dismount the bike and do some basic checks which included: checking the tyres, handlebars, brakes, chains and saddle. The lessons also focus on road safety, emergency braking, balance and control and changing gears. Level two takes the pupils through: road safety and positioning, road signs and Highway Code for cycling. Next Friday, Emma Garden from Bikeability Scotland will present the second session and will take the older pupils out on the roads to practise their skills.
On Thursday 27th May pupils took part in a 5K URWAY Charity run for Blythswood Charity. We were especially lucky to have our Police Liaison Officers – PC Nicola Grant and Aileen Logan, who provided a police escort and helped to support the safety aspects of the event. Pupils had been training for the event for the last few weeks and put in an amazing performance on the day. Thank you to all who very generously donated to this very good cause. The total raised was a fantastic £216.23! A very big thank you to Malcolm Beharrel, who very kindly donated our official running numbers – and some lovely medals which were presented to the pupils by the Police Officers at the end of the run.
You may have heard Police sirens on Raasay yesterday – don’t worry, it wasn’t a major emergency – just a visit from our friendly Police Liaison Officers! We were delighted to welcome PC Nicola Grant, Police Liaison Officer and PC Aileen Logan. The children had the opportunity to ask questions about the life of a Police Officer, find out about their kit and also try out some of the equipment. As you can see, some pupils were breathalysed – but fortunately, all were negative! The officers hope to return before the end of term – and this time, they will be bringing the speed gun! We were especially pleased that the officers stayed on for the afternoon to support us with our Blythswood Charity Walk. They provided a Police escort for the runners and helped to support the safety aspects of the event. The children were especially delighted to received their medals from the PC’s at the end of the race.
Raasay Primary School and Nursery Pupils will be undertaking a 5K UR Way event on Thursday 27th May. We will be leaving from the Fire Station at 1.30pm and running/walking to Suisnish pier and back. Pupils will be raising money for the Blythswood Charity which does fantastic work at home and abroad through education and community action. Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, we cannot encourage people to gather, but if you are out and about in the area and want to give us a cheer as we go past, that would be much appreciated. If you would like to donate, we will have some collecting boxes with us and there will also be a box available in Raasay stores for a few days prior to and after the event.
As part of the transition to High School, P7’s from across Skye and Raasay came together at Bun Sgoil Ghaildhig Phortrigh for a half day of outdoors activities. This was an opportunity for the pupils to reconnect through a shared experience as they look to the next step in their learning journey. The focus of the day was around values, leadership, problem-solving and creative thinking skills which the World Economic Forum place in their top 10 of workplace skills for the future. Our P7 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and, as you can see from the photos, threw themselves into all the challenges asked of them!
As part of their ‘Virtual’ P7 trip – pupils in P7 had to design a cycling course and a water slide activity. Noah and Thomas laid out a very comprehensive cycling course with lots of obstacles and slaloms to challenge the other pupils. The most popular activity, however, was by far the water slide! As you can see from the photos the chilly air didn’t put them off and they all ‘threw’ themselves into the challenge! It looks like this will becone a much requested end of term activity!