Busy time for pupils at island school
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.