Busy time for pupils at is­land school

The Oban Times - - News -

PUPILS at Raasay Pri­mary School had a busy few weeks prior to the Christ­mas break, with lot hap­pen­ing in the school.

The chil­dren learned about a char­ity which looks at clean wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion.

San­dra Smith, the pre­vi­ous head teacher, came back to talk to the chil­dren about how peo­ple die from dis­eases caused by lack of proper toi­let and wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties.

The chil­dren took part in rais­ing money for the char­ity com­ing up with a logo, Help Flush Away Poverty, and tak­ing home money boxes which they put in their loo at home en­cour­ag­ing their fam­i­lies to spend a penny by do­nat­ing each time they went to the toi­let.

They raised more than £ 300, which head teacher Wilma Dun­can said was ‘fan­tas­tic for a small school in a small com­mu­nity. We are now proud own­ers of a pho­to­graph and cer­tifi­cate of our “twin” toi­let block in Kanombe vil­lage in Uganda.’

On Fri­day De­cem­ber 16 pupils and staff from the pri­mary school and nurs­ery took part in the Christ­mas jumper day in aid of High­land Hos­pice. They raised a fan­tas­tic to­tal of £ 54.03.

A spe­cial visit by Santa to Raasay Pri­mary School also took place, with Santa ar­riv­ing on his own unique trans­port – on the back on a trac­tor with the help of his rein­deer Snuf­fles, be­cause Ru­dolph was in­dis­posed.

Pupils at Stron­tian Pri­mary School and nurs­ery per­formed their an­nual Christ­mas show and na­tiv­ity to great ac­claim. Cap­tain Hook’s Revenge was filmed by the BBC as part of news about their new school. Don­ald McCorkin­dale, from the Stron­tian Com­mu­nity Build­ing Ltd, said the per­for­mance was ‘well at­tended’. Chil­dren from the school’s pri­mary one to pri­mary four classes and the nurs­ery unit then took part in the school na­tiv­ity, Christ­mas Counts, to a packed vil­lage hall.

Pic­tured are pupils and staff along with com­mu­nity mem­bers af­ter at­tend­ing the com­mu­nity carol ser­vice or­gan­ised by the Rev­erend Rose­mary Bun­gard and, in­set, the chil­dren show off their cer­tifi­cate for their twin toi­let block with a vil­lage in Uganda, and meet­ing Santa.

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