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WELL DONE EVERYONE - you raised over £83 for Poppy Scotland and over £160 for Children in Need!

We loved the costumes!

Remembrance Day

We have all been thinking about Remembrance Day this week, and about why it is so important that we do remember. Lots of the children went to the War Memorial in Shapinsay on Sunday and the Guides, Cubs and Brownies laid wreaths. The Beavers and Rainbows came too. We have all been wearing poppies and finding out about the significance of them.

Miss Clements found a box of memorabilia in her garage and brought it in to show us. It has some old medals and other things from World War One and World War Two. It's been interesting looking and talking about them and we hope we can find out more about them so we can return them to the right people.

On Tuesday 11th November at 11am the whole school from Nursery upwards took part in the 2 minute silence and everybody showed great respect. We are very proud of you all, well done children.

Rev Julia's assembly

Today Rev Julia came in - we learned about the story of Naamen who was healed of leprosy. You can find the story here.

We learned about the importance of washing, and that sometimes the most unusual things help us to clean things!

Children In Need

We will be selling Pudsey Ears, wristbands and keyrings in school from 4th November, ready for Children in Need on 14th November.

Minimum donations are: Ears £2.50, Wristbands £1, Keyrings £2.50

We will also be selling cakes and biscuits on the 14th at breaktime and we would like you to dress up as superheroes and bring in £1 on the day.

Thank you!

Many thanks to everyone who came to support the Parent Council Autumn Fayre.

We have delivered the Christmas shoeboxes to McAdie and Reeve who will take them on for the Christmas shoebox appeal - thanks to everyone who brought in boxes (from the community as well as from school) as they will really make a difference to people's lives.

Learning Through Play

At Shapinsay School we understand that people learn best when they are intrinsically motivated. Children learn best when they are playing and engaged in creating challenges and learning about the world around them.

Catherine Diamond, Principal Teacher for Early Years (although learning through play is not just for the youngest children!) came out to work with staff and parents about how we can provide children with high quality play opportunities.

Visit to Stromness - the Hamnavoe and the Pier Arts Centre

We went to Stromness to visit the Hamnavoe and the Pier Arts Centre. We had a great day and came back tired and happy. Thank you to the Community Council for funding our trip and to all the staff on the Hamnavoe (especially the Captains and Kasia) and to Carol at the Pier Arts Centre.

A visitor from the Falkland Islands!

Julie Courtney came to visit our school. She comes from the Falkland Islands which we found out were a very long way away. She talked to us about what life is like there and we told her about Orkney.

Ice Bucket Challenge

Ian, Heather and Miss Clements were all nominated to do the ice bucket challenge. The children very much enjoyed watching!

We have all nominated more people and will be donating to various charities.


We had 2 teams at the East Mainland tournament on Saturday. Well done to all the children who took part, we can all see a big improvement in your football skills and you were a credit to Shapinsay.


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