April Pranks and Easter Holidays

There were a number of April Fool pranks today – good fun had by all – both young people and staff!

What wasn’t a prank was that this was Mr Speakman’s last day before retiring from teaching. We had a lovely assembly today where he was awarded a Star Award from every class – all for different reasons. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone more chuffed to get a Star Award before!

We wish Mr Speakman a happy and fulfilling retirement and trust that he will come and see us soon as a supply teacher. He has provided rich learning experiences over the last fifteen years and been dedicated to this community. His final words to us in assembly? Show kindness in all you do and communicate clearly with each other.

P6 wanted to share their expressive arts this week. It’s so important to be able to express yourself and using Kandinsky as a style of art the class really understood the essence of this. Well done!

P5 LM also shared their percussion added to Wellerman’s sea shanty. Watch here and see if you can keep the beat as well as P5! Both classes had a terrific time with Feis Ros and were commended for their engagement despite it all being remote learning. Who knew that we would be engaging with music via a screen and the internet…

What a term. For some of you work has dried up. For others you are snowed under and working flat out. Between us all we are nurturing our families and keeping loved ones going when times get tough. One thing is we trust with the change in the season that it brings hope. When we see the new births in the fields, the leaves bursting out of branches and hearing the birds chirping away in the bright nights it reminds us that our planet is a fantastic place and how resilient it is, despite what we are doing to it. Let’s keep focusing on being there for each other, looking after our environment and doing our bit and investing in the young people in our community.

For those of you who will be celebrating the Christian festival of Easter I trust you will find peace and comfort together. For those of you taking this opportunity for a spring break I trust you will find peace and comfort together.

Next term we will continue to put your children and their well being as a focus as only when there is positive well being can there be true learning. The knowledge, understanding and skills will continue to be developed at the pace that suits your child as much as we can and we know that working together with parents who are continuing to work with their children at home that real progress is being made.

As ever, a huge thank you to all staff for all they do to remain determined and creative in how they provide learning opportunities for the children. Enjoy each other’s company as families and I wish everyone some rest and lots of play in the next two weeks.

Happy hols!

Aileen Mackay, HT

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