Thursday 24th February: We have been at the post office again posting more postcards to different parts of the world and today we received 3! 2 of them came from Hawaii and one came from Yorkshire.
We also sent off an important package because today is the day that Magnie has started his long journey for his holiday to Dundedin in New Zealand. We know that lots of new children have been going to St Clair School this week as they have had to move away from Christchurch because of the earthquake that happened this week.
This afternoon we went to the Leisure Centre as usual but today we were able to meet The Jarl's Squad as it is Cullivoe Up Helly Aa this weekend. They sang and played to us and then we made a presentation to the Jarl. Afterwards they let us try on their helmets and carry their shields.
Friday 18th February:This morning the older ones went to the Post Office in Burravoe to post our next set of postcards for the postcard project; today we sent cards to schools in England, New Zealand, Australia and USA.
This afternoon everyone made chessmen based on their ideas after seeing the Lewis Chessmen on Wednesday.
Wednesday 16th February: Today we went to The Shetland Museum to see the Lewis Chessmen exhibition. We met Yvonne and Matt from the Museum and Lucy, a researcher, at the Museum; they showed us around the exhibition and then led workshops for us. Lucy wanted to ask the older ones some questions about the exhibition. At the end everyone made cards or models inspired by the Chessmen; it was a really good day!
Friday 11th February: Today we had a visit from Dr Dely Elliot from the University of Glasgow,she is doing some research into the use of Glow Science resources for Learning and Teaching Scotland and we had been chosen as a case study. She was able to talk to everyone about the science they had been learning and then stayed to see some of the other things we do.
Mr Eldridge, who is the Headteacher of Hawes Primary School in N. Yorkshire, has been reading the entries which some of the older ones has posted in our blog about their science investigations. He said he enjoyed reading them and set a new science challenge - to find out why you can't balance a coin on a lemon floating in water. They had a try in after school club today and discovered he's right, you can't! They have some theories about why not which they will blog about!
Thursday 10th February: Today Jennifer took the younger ones outside to make some short videos around Burravoe. They have been learning the dos and don'ts of making a good video and did a really good job. We have put the videos in our wiki to show the children in Dundee what it is like here.
In the afternoon we went to the Leisure Centre and the library; P3 and P4 read each other stories. Peanuts (the librarian) has bought a new mat and cushion to try and make the library more attractive.
Tuesday 8th February: Today Pam Rodway, the project manager for Crofting Connections, came to visit us to see what we have been doing for the project. We were able to give her an update on the Geoparks project we are doing with the Old Haa and tell her about the inter generational project we are just starting.
We heard from St Clair School in Dunedin in New Zealand, that our postcards had arrived; we are taking part in a postcard project which means we are going to exchange postcards with other schools around the world, St Clairs is the first school to whom we sent cards.
Monday 7th February: Today was really exciting as a parcel arrived containing Magnie who is back from his holiday at St Johns the Baptist School in Hampshire where he has been staying with Class 3. He brought back a beautiful book which the class had made showing us all the things which he has been learning whilst he was away.
Friday 4th February: Today P6 and P7 had hoped to go to see the film The Secret of the Kells at the Discovery Film Event; unfortunately a really severe storm meant that the ferry across the the mainland couldn't run and we couldn't go. In the morning, whilst the pre-school group met, the older ones have been using the Wii game, Ruthless Romans, as part of their work about The Romans.
This afternoon we celebrated Chinese New Year. We cooked and ate sesame noodles, we listened to Chinese music, we danced in the dragon we had made and we had our red Chinese New Year envelopes with a surprise in them.
Thursday 3rd February: Today when we checked our blog we found we have had over 1,000 visitors! They come from 34 different countries!
Wednesday 2nd February: This evening there was a Public Meeting at the school as part of the formal consultation about the proposal to close the school. We are very grateful that so many of the local community came to hear and contribute to the debate.
Tuesday 1st February: We are very pleased to be the subject of the first Glow cookbook that includes a Shetland School. Cookbooks are published to help teachers make the best use of Glow. Our use of Glow wikis is featured.