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Harris

Sir E. Scott Go Greek! - Sir E. Scott English Medium Primary 2-4 went back in time by 2,500 years to learn about the Ancient Greeks.

On Wednesday 25th March 2015, at the end of term, they performed a Greek afternoon, involving Perseus, Theseus and a whole selection of other famous Greek mythical characters.

The whole topic was joined together using the superb class text “Greek Myths” by Marcia Williams.

We learnt traditional Zorba dancing from Mrs. Rogers, who is P.E. Lead Officer for the Western Islands.

Nathan Coghill was playing the part of a Greek Teacher and at the end of the production; his feet were aching like mad, because he was up and down constantly from the stage!

We did percussion music in two angry and sad groups as a result of doing work on Pandora’s Box. We also sang a song called “Have you heard the Story?”

We made loads of Pandora’s Boxes and put in special things. We also shared our research on some Greek Gods. We enjoyed sharing all our classwork with family and friends.

We performed different sports from the Olympic Games because did you know that the Greeks invented them?

The games were held in honour of Zeus and were staged every four years. We were inspired by the Superstars theme.

Our art was mostly inspired by the story of Daedalus and Icarus. Brueghel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus was our favourite painting. Finally at the end of our afternoon we did some Greek food tasting. Our favourite foods were Feta Cheese and Grape Juice!

Report by Nathan Coghill P4, Emma Louise MacInnes P4, Ellie Ball P3.

Barra

Eoligarry School newsletter - All pupils have been learning about the Solar System in preparation for the Partial Solar Eclipse which happened on Friday the 20th of March.

Pupils witnessed part of this while travelling to Castlebay on the bus when darkness descended on the land for some time during the day.

P5-6 Alcohol and Drugs Talk - PCs Pile and MacLeod visited the school on Monday the 16th of March and discussed with them pupils their experiences and feelings of seeing other people under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Fairtrade Fortnight - To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, 23rd of February to 8th of March, pupils made posters to display in the Co-op to encourage customers to buy Fairtrade products.

They learnt about the differences in prices between Fairtrade items and equivalent brands, and watched a video clip of how the communities where these products come from benefit from people buying their produce. Pupils also enjoyed making chocolate brownies using Fairtrade ingredients.

Clean Up - The pupils who were in school on Wednesday the 18th of March took part in a Clean Up around the school and around the houses in Cialla. Each pupil received an award for their volunteering from Karen MacKinnon from the Volunteer Centre.

Red Nose Day - Pupils raised £20 for Comic Relief by attending school dressed in their red clothing and pyjamas for Red Nose Day.

P4-6 Young Writers Competition - Pupils have participated in another competition in which they had to create a 100-word Mini Saga entitled ‘Once Upon a Time’. We wish them luck with their entries and hope to hear news of their pieces being selected for publication after the Easter Break.

Scott’s St Kilda Project - Well done to Scott, P2, for completing a personal project about St Kilda. Scott did all his own research and produced a lovely factfile.

Swimming Gala - Pabbay were the winners of the 2015 Primary Swimming Gala. Well done to all pupils who took part!

Russia - Pupils have been learning about Russia and have listened to a folk tale called The Firebird.

As part of a competition, pupils were asked to illustrate part of the story. Each pupil chose a different scene and showed their creativity with their artwork.

Youth Music Initiative - P4-6 pupils have been receiving Tin Whistle lessons with John James.

Split into two groups, pupils have enjoyed learning a variety of tunes and have been developing their skills at levels ranging from complete beginner to confident player.

Through YMI, thousands of children throughout Scotland have been introduced to Traditional music and have engaged with their cultural past and present.

Awards - All pupils have received awards for effort and improvement over the term in Art, Gaelic Singing, Homework, Literacy and Numeracy Skills.

P1-3: Conaire, Maria, John-Francis, Vivienne, Seumas Paul, Scott, Alexander, Dòmhnall, and Christopher.

P4-6: Darren, Seumas, Orla, Catriona, Lauren, Charlotte, Mìcheal, Darren John, Julia, and Joanna.

Attendance: 100%: Darren, Excellent: Joanna and Scott; Very Good Lauren.

Clean Plates - Pupils with the most clean plates this term were Joanna, Darren John, Charlotte, Orla, and John-Francis.

Easter Break - School will reopen at the new time of 9.15 am on Monday the 13th of April. We hope you all have lovely Easter Break.

CARLOWAY

Buth Charlabhaigh - A reminder that the Carloway Community Shop Steering Group will be holding their next meeting in the Carloway Day Centre on Tuesday 14th April, starting at 7pm.

Everyone is more than welcome to attend, especially those who have a keen interest and would like to take part in this exciting project.

Brot agus Mìlsean le Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh air Disathairne 11

Soup and Pudding - Carloway Gaelic Choir are holding a Soup and Pudding lunch this Saturday (11th April) from 12pm to 1.30pm in Carloway Community Centre. Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for children. There will be a raffle held on the day and takeaways are available as well.

Giblean bho 12f gu 1.30f ann an Ionad Coimhearsnachd Chàrlabhaigh. £5 airson inbhich agus £3 airson clann agus bidh raffle air a chumail air an latha.

Bidh ‘Takeaways’ rim faighinn cuideachd.

Stornoway

Bayhead ward - The Bayhead ward committee are holding an open meeting on Monday, April 13th at 7.30pm in the Bowling Club.

The purpose of the meeting is to give ward residents the opportunity to express their views, and to ask questions regarding any problems relating to your well being.

At the moment the final phase of the improvements at the Bridge are almost complete and we like to know if there are other projects which could be undertaken.

At the meeting our special guest will be Iain Macleod, the project co-ordinator of the Castle improvements and who is also the Communities Director of the Comhairle. He will give you an update on the Castle improvements.

Your views are important to us so if you can attend we will be delighted.

Western Isles

1,000th croft registered - A croft on the Isle of Lewis has become the 1,000th croft to be registered on the online Crofting Register.

The Barvas croft was registered last week by Registers of Scotland (RoS).

Introduced in 2012, the Crofting Register is the first official register to give crofters legal certainty over their crofts.

The Crofting Minister, Aileen McLeod, said: “Registering the 1,000th croft so soon is a considerable achievement, given the original expectation that it might take up to a generation to fully populate the register. Progress with registrations is important as it increases transparency and provides crofters and other interested parties with certainty as to the extent and interests in croft land.”

Janet Egdell, operations director at RoS, said: “There are around 18,000 crofts in Scotland, so reaching the 1,000th registration in such a short timeframe is a remarkable achievement.

“This demonstrates the positive response we’ve had to the Crofting Register, and the excellent collaboration between ourselves, the Crofting Commission, and crofters.”

Convenor of the Crofting Commission, Susan Walker, said: “This is a significant milestone for the Commission. To have reached 1,000 registered crofts in just over a year of mandatory registration shows the progress the Crofting Register is making.

“The register is vital in securing the future of crofting as it identifies and protects croft land, safeguarding this unique way of life for generations to come. The Commission is working closely with RoS and crofters to ensure the registration process is as smooth as possible.”

More information on the Crofting Register is available at www.crofts.ros.gov.uk.

Joint Operation ‘Monarda’ - Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have been carrying out joint visits in the Western Isles, along with Police Scotland, as part of Operation ‘Monarda’ tackling doorstep crime and highlighting the need for consumers to be wary when dealing with doorstep sellers offering various services and products.

A spokesperson said: “We would always advise not to sign any documentation or hand over cash to door to door salesmen. These sellers often use high pressure techniques and it can be difficult to get them to leave. It can also be very difficult to get a refund if services or products are unsatisfactory or if the seller has left the Islands.

“Watch out for elderly neighbours and if you have any concerns contact Trading Standards on 01851 822694 or Faire on 01851 701702 (out of office hours) or in an emergency, the police on 101.”

A checklist has been drafted to help consumers should they wish to report any doorstep sellers:

Information that would be helpful to get or to have to hand if reporting an incident:

The Callers Name; Organisation/Trading Name and Address; Callers Description;

Vehicle Make and Registration Details; What reason they gave for calling on you:

What they were offering to do; How much it was going to cost:

Any other suspicious activity:

The public are also reminded that they can stop cold callers by displaying a ‘‘No Uninvited Sales People’’ sign. Info and signage can be downloaded and printed off from CNES site.

Lewis band The Shed are performing at their favourite venue, the Woodlands Centre, Stornoway, on Friday 10th April at 7.30pm.

The Shed are a five piece Band formed in November 2014.

Members are: Iain ‘Neosa’ MacKinnon (Bass), Calum Blane (Lead Guitar), Niamh Blane (Vocals), Gerry Blane (Guitar & Vocals) and Ken MacLennan (Drums).

Their self penned music has been described as 60’s influenced folk rock.

The band have headlined at two charity gigs on the island. The first gig was the support act at the Woodlands Centre in Stornoway for ‘Neosa’.

The Shed are helping to raise funds for the St Kilda Challenge, and in particular for Peigi Macsween.

Peigi’s voyage will begin from Oban on the 25th of May 2015 and she will be sailing on the Alba Explorer, a 72 foot steel hulled ocean racing yacht.

She and 17 others hope to clock up 300 nautical miles during the seven day journey.

Proceeds from the St Kilda Challenge will help to provide adventure under sail for young people from all backgrounds and circumstances.

The Shed released three tracks, recorded live at the Woodlands, on SoundCloud, on the 22 March, which includes a track ‘The Politician’.

Neosa released a new single ‘All I can think of is you’ during Easter on SoundCloud featuring Alissa Feudo, an indie singer/songwriter from Northern Virginia. Links to the Shed and ‘Neosa are as follows:

https://soundcloud.com/the-shed-2?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=email and

https://soundcloud.com/iainbarra

Tickets can be bought on the door for £5.

PHOTO: Alastair McIntosh and wife Vérène Nicolas recently led a group of a dozen government planners from Papua, Indonesia, on a study tour of climate change, land use and community empowerment in the Western Isles. They met with community members from the North Harris Trust, Community Land Scotland, the Stornoway Trust, the Ravenspoint Centre, Orinsay Hall, Leverburgh Church of Scotland and the Free Church at Callanish. The group summed up their experience, saying: “We have seen that people here have two things that makes their communities work, love, and a sense of ownership. “The land in Papua is more productive, but because these people love so much it holds it all together. They’re happy to live for other people and not just for themselves. They understand that land is God’s creation.”