During Lockdown Badcaul and Scoraig Primaries worked together to produce a beautiful quilt. Each of the children were given a square of fabric and these were then combined expertly by one of the locals. Inspired by this, two of the Badcaul pupils have been working at home for months on quilts of their own. One of the quilts shows all of the dogs they know and the other shows all of the calves that were born on their farm this year. The results are amazing, we are so proud of the determination, creativity and resilience the boys have shown.
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Both schools visited the Zoo this week as part of the learning on Arctic Animals. We got to see the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo and the Polar Bear at the Highland Wildlife Park. Two of the rangers showed us around and answered the childrens’ questions. We are heading back again today for a follow up visit behind the scenes.
The children have been engaging in some of art activities through the Kaleidoscope Project organised by An Talla Solais in Ullapool. The results are beautiful, the children had to observe the plants carefully to recreate them and think about the negative space around this.
We have been making good use of the fire pit recently for story telling and sparklers. We are hoping to use this lots more over the winter.
Often when people think of Outdoor Learning they don’t think about maths. Outdoor maths however, has been creative, challenging and fun as you can see from the pictures. Anything we learn in a classroom can be learnt outside and often in ways that engage children better.
One of our Lockdown projects was creating a quilt. Everyone was given a square of fabric to decorate, showing something that made them happy. The squares have now been expertly combined to produce this stunning quilt which is even more beautiful that the photograph shows. Huge thanks to everyone who helped. Creativity is one of our school values and this is so wonderfully creative, showing how such different ideas can come together to produce something this special. The quilt will move between the schools and be used for joint events.
We are aware that positive cases of Covid-19 can cause some local anxiety in the community. Please be reassured that our Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues within the Highland Council to continually monitor the situation in Highland. Guidance has been provided to teachers in all our schools regarding any incidence of Covid-19 or similar symptoms within the school community.
Pupils and staff should not attend school if any symptoms develop. Please inform the school.
The key message is don’t go to school or work if you are ill
For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild illness. If you develop symptoms you should remain self-isolating at home for 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, even if this takes you over the 14 day period currently advised.
Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform. In the event that you develop symptoms, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Please also follow the five rules that are highlighted in the national FACTS campaign –
- Face coverings in enclosed spaces
- Avoid crowded places indoors or outdoors
- Clean your hands regularly and remember to clean hard surfaces that you might be touching
- Two metre physical distancing remains in place – this is especially important at the school gates when dropping off or collecting your children.
- Self-isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of Covid19 – a cough, a temperature, or a loss of, or change in your sense of taste or smell
There is evidence of increasing transmission across Scotland. Covid19 is still here and it is important that everyone takes responsibility and follows the national guidance to keep them and others safe. Everyone in Highland, Argyll and Bute has a role to play to keep the number of positive cases as low as possible.
Inspired by the Getty Museum’s invitation to ‘re-create’ a famous work of art at home our schools had a competition for everyone to do the same.
It was very close; the entries were sent to other Head Teachers in the area who struggled to choose and commended all of the children on their efforts. The winner of the school children’s competitions is Finn with his interpretation of ‘The Son of Man’. The winner for the Nursery children is Arhlo with his ‘Banksy’.
The staff have been taking part too and the winner was chosen by some of the children. Anyone who lies in a water filled ditch for art deserves a prize and the children agreed! Congratulations to Mrs. Kennedy.
We had an Egg Decoration Competition for both Scoraig and Badcaul schools together. We were asked to decorate an egg and create a scene for it. Jake and Finlay submitted the winning entry. Their viking village, complete with teachers, is very creative and if you look carefully you can see they even added runic writing. Well done to everyone that took part!