African Wellie Walk
The whole school along with Donald the ranger went for an African Welly Walk to Arnaboll cottage on the west side of Loch Hope. The sun was shining and the hills were snow-covered – the perfect day for a winter walk. This was a fundraising event for FarmAfrica.The charity FarmAfrica trains farmers in Africa to improve their farming skills and marketing which leads to their farming being sustainable and profitmaking.
Goblin Car: Build Day 2
P7's met again this week for the second build day for the goblin car. They completed a range of tasks on electrical circuits, model making and logo designs...as well a building the car with marine engineer Don Cameron.
The group have decided on a space theme this year-watch out for more photos from the Venus warriors!
Rocket Science: Seeds in Space
We are going to be taking part in a the UK Space Agency rocket science experiment. At the moment our seeds are orbiting planet Earth, at over 17,000 miles per hour...travelling at an altitude of 250 miles above us!
They are on the International Space Station. In April UK astronaut Tim Peake will bring them safely back to Earth...they will be posted to Durness and for 7 weeks we will care for the seedlings, record their growth, observe them and enter data into a database.
Goblin Car 2016 : Season Four...the build has begun!
The P7 pupils have begun their Goblin Car project. This is the fourth year we have been able to run this science/engineering project. We are delighted to be supported by the Reay Forest Estate once again. The photo shows our young engineers with Reay Forest Estate apprentice mechanic Mark Dorrian.
World exclusive: Donald the Ranger and the humpback whale rescue!
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New for 2016 !
Happy new year everyone- we would like to share some of our art work with you in the new Art Gallery page. We have been working on collages . Click on the image to see more. You can also find our art gallery in the drop down menu.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Our Christmas performance this year had an international theme. It followed three children as they traveled around the world finding out about the true meaning of Christmas . A packed Durness village hall enjoyed a colourful display of singing and dancing. Well done children: a Stellar performance !
Santa hats and Seaweed!
There was plenty of festive fun at the last Diggers session for 2015! We have now prepared all 6 of the raised beds for winter with our very own mixture of home made compost, dried sheep manure and plenty of mineral rich seaweed. Afterwards we toasted a very successful growing year with hot chocolate and mince pies. Happy Christmas from all the Durness Diggers everyone :) . Click here to see more !
Sunshine and Seaweed
We haven't been able to get out to work in the veggie plot for a while...but today we grabbed the opportunity of some wintry sunshine to add seaweed to the beds. We managed to cover half the beds before a sleety shower came!
Tea party for Donnie
We had a tea party for our former bus driver Donnie this week as an appreciation for his involvement in our school over the years. Thanks Donnie :)
What's Under Your Feet?
The British Trust for Ornithology has found that many bird species are declining across the UK. This survey examines how soil invertebrates that some birds depend on might be changing over time. Durness Primary are playing their part in collecting data- we dug up a 10 cm square piece of turf in five different areas of our school grounds and counted all the invertebrates. Then we posted our results of the survey website. We are going to do this in March and June too.
Durness Diggers were busy harvesting their vegetables this week...click on the photo to find out more
We held our annual Halloween party in school on Friday. Everyone dressed up really well and we played lots of games, ducked for apples, enjoyed a mummy wrap...and caught a few treacle scones !
On Wednesday, Laura from NWH Geopark and Geologist Hannah Mathers from Glasgow University visited us. We enjoyed learning about Geo-morphology and glaciation and lots of other interesting facts about Geology.
On Wednesday we enjoyed a visit from Audrey from the SSPCA. She showed us a slideshow and explained how the charity helps to care for and rehome abandoned or sick animals. We played an animal board game and animal Top Trumps, which helped us to find out some interesting facts about lots of different animals.
Durness Diggers was a little bit different this week...we had a cafe and a potato sale. We made different dishes from our own produce: Blackcurrant fizz, broad bean hummus, coleslaw, carrot cakes ...the P1-3 class were very busy making tattie scones too. A good crowd of people came and we raised £125 to buy some fruit trees with. Thanks everyone for supporting this event :)
Eden Court Drama Worker: David Hunter Workshop
We learned all about the origin of Scottish place names both here and abroad with David's drama workshop. We time-travelled back in time to the stone age...iron-age...Roman times..Viking era..Highland Clearances and then zoomed into the future !
As part of their Caledonia topic P5-7 had a trip to the Iron-Age Wheelhouse above Loch Eriboll. On the way back we visited the Bronze-Age Souterrain . It was an excellent day as you can see from the photos!
We joined the Kinlochbervie children for a dance session with Andy McKechnie. We learned different dances from around the world...then the mums and dads joined in !
Sports Day 2016
The sun shone all day for our annual joint schools sports day. In the morning P4-7 took part in high jump, long jump and throwing events. There were some impressive results. In the afternoon everyone took part in a variety of different races. This year the wining house was...Dionard. Well done everyone :)
Cape Wrath Challenge Week
We are having a very busy week participating in CWC events. We helped marshal the 'Round Durness ', we ran a Great Egg race challenge evening for the runners and took part in the beach run!
Connecting Classrooms : Kenya.
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To celebrate the end of our history topic we held a Roman Day. Click on the photo to find out more.
Footie Fun !
We joined P5-7 pupils from Kinlochbervie and Scourie primaries for a football tournament on Friday. Everyone enjoyed the matches and the chance to play in teams together. Thanks to Scourie P7 for devising the rules...and being referees. Next time the rest of the P7's will be the refs...for basketball in the new year.
Goblin Car Project
P7 pupils have been busy with their Goblin Car project:
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P6/7 Edinburgh Trip
Just back from our residential trip to Edinburgh with Kinlochbervie and Scourie primaries. We visited Doune Castle near Stirling on the way there and had a tour from a Jacobite...he showed everyone how to fold a kilt. We had a busy schedule over the three days visiting the city centre, museums and Dynamic Earth Science Centre where we had a 'Quake, Rattle and Roll' workshop and Deep Sea World for a close encounter with seals and sharks.
Nepal : Earthquake appeal and survival exercise
P7 pupils organised a 'Bring a pound for Nepal' event . The appeal for UNICEF was generously supported raising £140 .
In the afternoon the P7s ran a survival exercise for pupils. In teams of 4 the children first collected essential equipment after answering questions about Nepal. Next they used the equipment to build emergency shelters big enough for their team to sleep in. It was an excellent afternoon and everyone learnt more about the plight of the Nepalese people.
We raised £266.29
Red Nose Day 2015