Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Angling trip to Kirbister Loch (8/06/2017)

My apologies to John and Philip!
As the brown trout season is about to close, I’ve realised that I had forgotten to post the photos of the angling trip to the Kirbister Loch that we did back in June! So, here they are, showing in that order, Philip hooking and landing his first wild brown trout ever (and a second one!) as well as John, fly-fishing and being shown how to “dap” (not “dab”!) by Jim. “Dapping” is a very ancient method for fooling wild trout which involves a long rod to help  control a light floss line ending with a length of nylon and a fly. The floss line catches the wind and lifts the line, leaving only the fly in contact with the water. Dapping requires an intense concentration in order to spot the take and keep the line off the surface.
It was a very pleasant trip with the Kirbister Loch bathed in sunshine! Considering that the day before, Orkney had registered one of the heaviest rainfalls in June for years, we considered ourselves lucky,  even if the trout were a bit too shy on the day for our liking!
A big thank you to Mr King for joining us on the trip and to Jim Erskine who has taught generations of Orkney anglers and still passes on his skills and experience to our pupils! 

Mr P.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Letter to parents - Winter vomiting bug (Sept. 2017)

Dental Hygiene Talk (27/09/2017)

S3 and S4 students were given the opportunity to explore the sugar content of the foods they eat. Prior to the visit by our dental hygienists Shona and Sharon, students were asked to fill in a food diary that recorded their food and drink intake over three days. During class students were then given the task of totalling their sugar intake for each of these three days, this was worked out as teaspoons of sugar per day. Once completed each student then transferred into a clear zip lock bag the number of teaspoons of sugar that they consumed for either one day or the total of their three days. It was very interesting to compare daily totals with the current recommended amount of 5 teaspoons of sugar per day. I think some of us got quite a shock! The final activity gave students the chance to test the acidity levels of popular carbonated drinks on the market and then link the high acid levels of such drinks to tooth decay. Hopefully we will all be looking after our teeth a little better from now on, including Mrs Barber.

Mrs B.