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Fairtrade dance

On Friday the 4th we had some KGS helpers in to teach us a dance they created based on fairtrade, we added some moves at the end. Here is a video of what we did.


Singing in Harmony

We have been practising for the tree lighting - here is one of our songs we have been learning - Silent Night in 2 part harmony.


Shapinsay School in the news

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The Orcadian

Orkney Islands Council

Well done everybody!

It's December!

Now it is December, we can decorate the tree! Everyone got the chance to come and help.

We are looking forward to the tree lighting when the lights get switched on outside on Friday.


Table manners

Pupil council have decided that, in a bid to try to tackle table manner issues, they would have a competition for the most well mannered table.

The winning table will receive a fancy table setting one lunch, with their food served to them at the table.

We have already seen an improvement in table manners in the dining room.

A 5 year plan for Shapinsay

We worked with the Shapinsay Development Trust and Lateral North to create a 3D contour map of the island. We also thought about what we would like to see in Shapinsay over the next 5 years. We had lots of good ideas, and the Trust will now take forward our ideas together with those from the rest of the people on the island.

One comment from the adults working on the 5 year plan was  “If the kids can say what they really think then so can I” - so well done children, you are inspiring the adults on the island!

Outside Space Planning

We worked together with parents and the Shapinsay Development Trust to think about what we would like to have in our new outside spaces. We came up with lots of ideas!

We will hopefully start creating our areas soon!


Some of the students have been geocaching in the holidays.

Geocaching is basically a treasure hunt, where you use map coordinates to find a hidden container with a log book inside.

Some contain swaps and trackable items, like this coin found in Westray which originated in Connecticut in the U.S.A and has travelled through Europe before coming to Orkney.

Dentist Visit

We had a visit from the dentist, we learnt to calculate how much sugar was in food and drink.

We also got new toothbrushes and toothpaste.


Here are some pictures of the visit.

Children in Need - we raised £342.44!!!!!!

Pupil Council have done a great job running our fundraising for Children in Need.

Everybody looks great in their crazy outfits!

This is after face painting - thank you to the parents and helpers from KGS who came in to help face paint and take photos!

Here are the winners of the Crazy Outfit and hair competition (it was REALLY hard to judge!)

In the afternoon we had a bake sale, where LOADS of people came in and joined us for tea, coffee and homebakes. Thank you to everyone who baked, helped make the drinks and who came along and donated so generously.

P1 - 3 have also decided to donate half the money from their recipe books to Children in Need as well.

Pupil Council will be counting all the money on Monday - the total is £342.44! WELL DONE EVERYONE! More than double last year's total!

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