Fort cho­sen as first port of call for He­bridean Princess mys­tery tour

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

NEW EF­FORTS are be­ing made to ed­u­cate Kin­lochleven pupils on ‘in de­mand’ ca­reer choices in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and maths (STEM).

Rebecca Machin, head teacher at Kin­lochleven High School, said: ‘It is not just about pro­mot­ing STEM ca­reers, but about open­ing our eyes to what is pos­si­ble and the wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties many of us are un­aware of.’

Ev­ery pupil in S1 and S2 at­tended the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence festival, with the sup­port of De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force (DYW) West High­land. The stu­dents took part in a ca­reers event fo­cus­ing on po­ten­tial fu­ture chal­lenges, how they could be solved and the STEM ca­reers which can help build a bet­ter world.

The school has also formed a school/ busi­ness part­ner­ship with lo­cal STEM com­pany Green High­land Re­new­ables.

Mr Mor­ri­son, PT Sciences and Physics teacher, said hav­ing such a busi­ness part­ner­ship is a great way to en­rich pupils’ learn­ing.

Green High­land Re­new­ables also vis­ited the school to give a ca­reers talk. FORT Wil­liam played host to guests on a mag­i­cal mys­tery tour re­cently.

On April 19, the He­bridean Princess sailed into Loch Linnhe but, in an un­usual twist, most of the people on board had no idea where they were go­ing un­til they ar­rived.

Sarah Kennedy, from the Fort Wil­liam Ma­rina and Shore­line Com­pany, told

Lochaber Times the He­bridean Princess or­gan­ises two ‘surprise tours’ a year - one in the spring and one in the au­tumn. Dur­ing these tours, it is ba­si­cally up to the cap­tain where he wants to go and the guests and crew don’t have any idea where they are headed for the eight or nine days.

Sarah ex­plained: ‘We were con­tacted by the se­nior purser on Satur­day (April 15) re­quest­ing to use the Fort Wil­liam pon­toons and I had to keep quiet about it on so­cial me­dia un­til the ac­tual day of the visit. They did au­tho­rise me to take the posters around the shops on Mon­day and to no­tify other users of the pon­toons that they will be closed so the He­bridean Princess pas­sen­gers and crew have sole ac­cess for the time she was in port.’

Mrs Kennedy added: ‘I was de­lighted to be in­vited on board to meet Cap­tain Trevor Bai­ley again and was able to give him his gifts of a special col­lec­tion Ben Nevis whisky do­nated by Ben Nevis Dis­til­leries, a beeswax can­dle and a jar of lo­cal heather honey. I then took the Cap­tain to Fort Wil­liam Sta­tion to see the steam train as she set off on her trip along to Mal­laig.

‘His brother used to work on the steam train a num­ber of years ago and the cap­tain him­self is a bit of a steam train en­thu­si­ast as well.’

Sarah Kennedy with Cap­tain Trevor Bai­ley on board the He­bridean Princess.

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