On Monday 19th June, Raasay Primary and Nursery pupils visited Lochcarron Weavers and the Smithy Heritage Centre. On our way, we stopped at the Kyle Co-op to buy some additional picnic goodies for the day ahead. Joy who runs the Weaving shop organised a presentation explaining the processes involved in weaving, followed by a visit to the old loom, housed at the back of the shop. The children also learned about the work of Lochcarron Weavers and the variety of tartans that they produce and their visit was rounded off with a DVD explaining in depth the processes involved. Joy kindly arranged for all the pupils to receive a pack which included a swatch of tartan associated with their surname and some other goodies. Our visit to the Weavers was followed by lunch in a treehouse situated in the grounds of the Heritage Smithy Centre. The treehouse was very posh indeed – it included a stove, tea and coffee and an outside veranda overlooking the river. After a hearty lunch in beautiful surroundings, we visited Kim at the Lochcarron Pottery who demonstrated the skills involved in making pots, vases, jugs and cups. Some of our pupils were so inspired that they are keen to return to try their hand at it themselves during the summer. We ended the day by visiting Terry the Woodturner who produced a beautiful vase on the lathe from a rough block of wood in front of our eyes! The vase now has pride of place in our classroom with some flowers from our garden. All the children had the opportunity to buy something to remember the day. On the way home we took the opportunity to stop at the MUGA playpark at Broadford Primary to try out the new equipment there. The pupils returned to Raasay full of new experiences to share with their families.
Dates for your DiaryTuesday 6th June - Rib Trip 8th June - P7 visit to Portree Primary Monday 12th June and Monday 19th June - swimming week Monday 12th June - School photographs Tuesday 13th to 16th - Raasay Residential for P7 Wednesday 14th - P1 visit to Kyle Thursday 15th June - No Swimming - Visit to Cnoc Farm, Sleat Monday 19th June - Sailing for P7 at Portree Sailing Club Tuesday 20th - orienteering Wednesday 21st to 23rd June - PHS transition days Thursday 22nd - Shinty (after swimming) Monday 26th - Local Sports Day Tuesday 27th - Prizegiving Wednesday 28th - Summer picnic Thursday 29th - school closes at 1.15pm