Dun­beg pupils put on a show at ‘spe­cial’ fun day

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

DUN­BEG Pri­mary School cel­e­brated its an­nual fun day in a spe­cial way on Satur­day, as the pupils put on a show for their re­tir­ing head teacher, writes David McPhee.

The chil­dren ended the day by per­form­ing a se­ries of songs, as well as re­veal­ing their fond­est mem­o­ries of Sine MacVicar, who has de­voted 44 years to Dun­beg Pri­mary School.

Mrs MacVicar has been short­listed as the Head Teacher of the Year Award, with the win­ner be­ing an­nounced on June 7 at the Hil­ton Ho­tel, Glas­gow.

The fun day it­self was made up of many ac­tiv­i­ties such as welly toss­ing, water slides, sports, var­i­ous stalls, and the pupils were able to get their own back on the teach­ers by splat­ting them in the face with a wet sponge.

Speak­ing on the day, Mrs MacVicar said: ‘ It has been a hugely suc­cess­ful day. It’s Dun­beg Pri­mary School’s main fundrais­ing event of the year and it sup­ports school ac­tiv­i­ties and trips.

‘ It’s the big­gest event of the year and the par­ent coun­cil put a huge amount of ef­fort into the or­gan­i­sa­tion of it.

‘ It’s a com­mu­nity event, which has been get­ting big­ger and big­ger ev­ery year.’

Dis­cussing her re­tire­ment, Mrs MacVicar added: ‘I would say I have mixed feel­ings.

‘ I have loved ev­ery minute of my 44 years and still en­joy hear­ing about for­mer pupils. I feel as if I am go­ing out on a high.’

Ni­cola Bichard, prin­ci­ple teacher at Dun­beg Pri­mary School, said: ‘ This year is a spe­cial year be­cause it’s Mrs MacVicar’s last year.

‘ We are all go­ing to miss her so much. She is just amaz­ing. She is the glue that holds ev­ery­thing to­gether in the school and she is go­ing to be a mas­sive loss, but we are hop­ing she will still come back and help us.

‘ She is to­tally ded­i­cated to the school and the com­mu­nity. The chil­dren are at the heart of ev­ery­thing she does.

‘ She is all about the chil­dren and she al­ways will be – even when she re­tires, be­cause that’s her val­ues and she has shared that with all the staff.’

Steven Mc­Cauley, who coaches Dun­beg foot­ball team, said: ‘ In the throw­ing the welly com­pe­ti­tion the teenage sec­tion and adult sec­tion were in up­roar, with two gen­er­a­tions of Drum­monds go­ing head to head.

‘ Fif­teen-year- old Michael Drum­mond went head to head with his fa­ther Craig, 45, and young Michael stepped up to the mark and beat his dad.’

Mrs MacVicar takes a turn get­ting hit in the face with a wet sponge. t22Dun­begFunDay01

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Steven Ma­caulay, coach of Dun­beg foot­ball team, with the win­ner of the throw­ing the welly com­pe­ti­tion, Michael Drum­mond. t22Dun­begFunDay03

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