S2 Army STEM Ambassadors

S2 pupils worked with STEM Ambassadors from the British Army on a day of STEM based problem solving & digital skills activities.

S2 Robot Building & Programming with Army

In the first session, they thought about the equipment difficulties faced by the forces abroad. They worked in teams to come up with innovative, creative solutions to safety equipment which would withstand the heat and heavy use.

In the afternoon, they worked to build & program a robot which could navigate a path. This was tricky as every small change had implications for the rest of the route!

S2 Robot Building & Programming with Army

There are more pictures from the event on Flickr.

Ross Sutherland Rugby

S1 and S2 are having two sessions each of Rugby with a Ross Sutherland Rugby coach with a view to encouraging players over to their club in Invergordon.  Active Schools have more details.  Here are some action shots of the first session with S1.


Ross Sutherland Rugby

S1 girls first rugby session


S1B SMART visit Shieldaig Lodge

What we did

What we did for SMART was we went to the falconry to see and find out other stuff about the different kinds of birds and the baby owl. (Alana)

What we learned

We learned about different types of Eagles and saw a baby owl. We learned some of the Lodges history and that the lodge was pretty much a hospital for the injured of the plane crash near there years ago and that they have one of the biggest wine/whisky/gin collections and that it would cost you £1,000 to have a sip of their best gin/whisky. Overall we learned a lot about Shieldaig lodge and the eagles and it was really fun and i hope other people for SMART can go there and we can go there again. We learned that Hannah (S4) worked there helping cleaning up the rooms and being a server for food and dining. (James)

S1B visit Shieldaig Lodge

Hannah (S4) explains her roles at Shieldaig Lodge Hotel

How it links to the John Muir Award

While we were at the falconry we DISCOVERED all sorts of things about different birds and at the falconry they were CONSERVING certain types of birds and by putting on social media we are SHARING what happened. (Hannah)

Saor-làithean na Càisge / The Easter Holidays

Bha cuid de na sgoilearan againn aig a bheil Gàidhlig gu math trang anns na saor-làithean.

Some of our Gaelic speaking pupils were very busy during the holidays.

Chaidh Anna NicIll-Fhinein agus Ruaraidh MacAlasdair gu Còig Latha ann an Leòdhas.

Anna MacLennan and Ruaraidh Alexander went to Còig Latha in Lewis.

Anna: ’S e fèis Ghàidhlig ann an Leòdhas a th’ ann an Còig Latha. Bidh clann bho aois 12-18 a’ tighinn ach chan eil àiteachan ann ach airson sia duine deug. Bidh iad a’ fuireach ann an taighean dubh spaideil (na Gearrannan). Bidh a’ chlann ag ionnsachadh òrain Ghàidhlig agus bidh iad gan seinn aig a’ chèilidh mhòr aig deireadh na fèise (Diardaoin). Faodaidh iad ionnsramaidean a thoirt leotha mar an fhìdheall, am bogsa no an guth fhèin a chleachdadh!

Còig Latha (Five Days) is a Gaelic feis in Lewis. Children from age 12-18 can go but there are only places for 16. They get the chance to stay in the ‘Gearranan’ Black-houses. They learn Gaelic songs and get to perform them at the big ceilidh on Thursday. They can take instruments like the fiddle, accordion or they can even just use their own voices.

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Ruaraidh: ’S e an Seatrek fear de na rudan as fheàrr a rinn sinn aig Còig Latha am-bliadhna. Chaidh sinn a-mach airson uair gu leth air bàta. Bha tòrr spòrs againn nuair a chaidh sinn a-mach gu muir. Cuideachd, chaidh sinn dhan mhuillinn Clò Mor ann an Siabost. Chunnaic sinn na dòighean a bhios iad a’ cleachdadh airson Clò Mòr a dhèanamh. Chaidh sinn air ais gu na Gearranan le baga mòr de phìosan beaga den chlò, is bha sinn a’ cleadhdadh inneal-fuaigheal airson diofar rudan a dhèanamh leis a’ chlò. Rinn sinn tòrr rudan spòrsail aig Còig Latha, is tha mi ag iarraidh a dhol air ais an ath bhliadhna.

The Seatrek was one of the best things we did at Còig Latha this year. We went out on the boat for an hour and a half. We had so much fun when we went out to sea. We also went to the Harris Tweed mill in Siabost. We saw the different ways they produce the Harris Tweed. We then went back to the black-houses with a big bag filled with little pieces of Harris Tweed. When we were back at the black-houses, we used the sewing-machine to make different things with the tweed. We did so many fun things at Còig Latha and I hope to be there next year.

Chaidh Eòin Cuimeanach dhan Eilean Sgitheanach.

Eòin Cumming went to the Isle of Skye.

Eòin: Anns a’ chiad seachdain de na saor-làithean, chaidh mi gu Sabhal Mòr Ostaig anns an Eilean Sgitheanach airson ceithir latha airson cùrsa Ceannas Spòrs Ìre 1 a chosnadh. Bheireadh seo cead dhomh seiseanan-spòrs a ruith do chlann fo shùil inbheach. Bha mi ag ionnsachadh ciamar a bhruidhninn ann an dòigh sìmplidh agus furasta a thuigisinn. Dh’ionnsaich mi mar a chuirinn seisean air dòigh agus mar a chùmainn clann fo smachd. Aig deireadh na seachdain ruith mi seisean còmhla ri fear eile agus bha seo air a mheas. Tha mi toilichte gun d’ fhuair mi troimhe. Tha mi a-nis a’ faireachdainn nas cofhurtail ann a bhith a’ teagasg spòrs agus geamannan do chlann. Chòrd an cùrsa rium gu mòr agus rinn mi caraidean math. Mholainn an cùrsa do dhaoine eile a dh’iarradh cothrom seiseanan-spòrs a ruith.

In the first week of the holidays, I went to Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic college in Sleat, Isle of Skye, for four days to gain Sports Leadership Level 1. This will enable me to run sport sessions for children under adult supervision. I learnt how to communicate in a simple and understanding way, plan and deliver sessions, take in various factors to do with the session and the participants, and how to keep children under control generally and in exceptional circumstances. At the end of the week, I ran a mock session with a partner and this was assessed. I am pleased that I passed. I now feel much more comfortable in teaching sports and games to children. I enjoyed the course very much and I made new friends. I would certainly recommend this course to others who would like to be able to run sporting sessions for children.

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S1 SMART Orienteering

Some of our S1 pupils wrote about their experiences doing orienteering around Flowerdale.

How to understand an orienteering map (by Hannah)

First you need to find out where you are on the map and which direction you are going in. Then, when you have a set place to go to, you need to read the key and find the landmarks you can look for near your destination. Then keep a lookout for the landmarks. You have to remember to look at the date that the map was published though because some posts or trees are no longer there. A good way to tell where you are is the telegraph poles and the electrical lines because they are usually in the same place.

S1 Orienteering @ Flowerdale

Easy and Hard bits of orienteering (by Alana)

The easiest parts of orienteering is when you look on the map you use the symbols at the side of the map and before you always start find where you are on the map.

The hardest parts of orienteering is using your sense of direction and people in your group not listening to each other.

S1 Orienteering @ Flowerdale

Teamwork (by Sam)

Today in orienteering we used a lot of team work. Corey looked at the map and Zeke and me looked for the flags.

S1 Orienteering @ Flowerdale