Raising Funds for Ukraine
Westray Junior High staff and pupils wanted to do something to support the people of Ukraine. We spoke with our older pupils (S1-S4), and they were all keen to participate in an activity to raise funds for Ukraine.
S1-3 pupils participated in an all-day silence on Tuesday 08th March. The silence began at 09.00 and finished at 15.45 including interval and lunchtime. Our S4 pupils were not asked to take part in the silence. We are moving at a rate of knots towards SQA exams, and we need the S4 pupils to be engaging with teachers during lessons. However, the S4 pupils will be given the opportunity to write a letter collectively to our local MSP and MP asking them to support the people of Ukraine.
We did not ask pupils to be sponsored, but rather we asked for anonymous monetary donations to be made. A couple of donation tubs were available at the front door for any member of the community who wished to make a donation. . Some pupils asked if they could make a personal donation. A donation tub was made available in the French classroom for any pupil who wished to make an anonymous donation. Any funds raised will be paid to Save The Children Ukraine Appeal. Our Young People chose this charity as it is Young People helping Young People. The donations for the Save The Children Ukraine Appeal from the Secondary Silence have been counted. We have raised £312.71. We would like to send a MASSIVE THANK YOU to our local communities of Westray and Papay for their extreme generosity once again. A huge well done also goes to our pupils for participating in the silence. https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/how-you-can-help/emergencies/ukraine-appeal
Yesterday was World Book Day 2022. As always the Primary Department entered into the spirit of World Book Day with gusto. Much fun and laughter was had, and lots of books were spoken about, shared, and read.
It was fantastic to welcome the Orkney Drugs Dog Zoe together with her handler Kevin Moar and PC Cuthbertson to Westray Junior High School today. This is Zoe's first visit since 2019.
They spent time with all our young people from the Nursery up to our seniors in S4. Staff and young people were very excited about having Zoe in the school for the day.
Kevin spent time with each of the year groups explaining his role, Zoe's role, and why having a drugs dog is so important. He also spent time explaining to the little ones about the role of the working dog, and why it is important not to pat a working dog whilst it is working. They learned lots of interesting facts including how quickly a drugs dog can be trained, and what age Zoe is.
PC Cuthbertson, Kevin, (and Zoe) held an assembly with the S1-4 pupils. They both explained about their jobs, and what is involved in their job. A couple of the secondary pupils wanted to know how to join the Police so PC Cuthbertson explained this too. Secondary pupils then were given the opportunity to ask questions anonymously via post-it notes. Lots of great questions were asked including; where is the weirdest place you have found drugs?, how many times does Zoe train each week/month? what do you do with the drugs after you take them from someone?, how do you find the drugs sent by post? what are some signs of a drug user? etc. Kevin and PC Cuthbertson answered all the questions, and included some stories from their jobs.
All pupils who wanted to were allowed to pat Zoe, and she thoroughly enjoyed all the attention. She then was given the opportunity to run off a day's worth of pats with a run on the beach.
Kevin and PC Cuthbertson have both been invited back, and we look forwarding to welcoming them to Westray School anytime they wish to visit.
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Zoe's Twitter Account is @odd_zoe