Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Bridge building competition at Orkney College

Bridge Building 2019
On the 27th of June, 4 Secondaries from the Stronsay School went into Kirkwall to take part in the annual bridge building competition at the Orkney College. The 4 pupils that went in were Tony, Aiden, Dan and Lilly. Going in with them were Mrs Rose, Ms Knox and Alistair Fish. On the boat in to Kirkwall, Andrew Rose came up with an awesome idea. The pupils decided that they would use this idea. When they got to the Orkney College they got shown the rules and how long the bridge had to be. They had nearly 3 hours to build their design. They decided that they were going to build two sides. They then put a piece of thicker wood on the inside to make it stronger. We then made triangles and put them on the piece of thick mood. We then did the same on the other side. We then put pieces of wood on the top of the triangles. We then connected the sides with pieces of wood at the bottom and top.
We then went outside with our bridge to test it out. They put a platform through the middle of the bridge and then put blocks on the platform until it breaks. KGS’s bridge had 14 bricks on when it broke, Stronsay had 8, Westray had 8, one Sanday team had 8, another Sanday team had 6 and the last Sanday team had 6
To find out the winner they divided the weight carried at failure by cost of materials purchased. Stronsay won with £410 per kilo carried. The teamwork award went to Sanday C. And the best design went to Westray.

by Aiden Stout

Bridge building competition 2019
The Orkney Construction Training Group supported this year’s construction competition for the 2nd year pupils. The event was intended to provide an opportunity for four pupils from each participating school to gain some insight into practical engineering and construction by design and testing of a model bridge.
This is a competitive event and the judging was based on the best overall bridge design.  The main prize is supplemented by two other prizes for the best bridge design and best team work.
On the 27th June the S1’s and S2’s went on a building competition at Orkney Collage to see who could build the best bridge. Aiden, Lilly and Dan, with the help of Mr Fish and Mr Rose came up with a design on how the bridge was meant to look whilst travelling on the ferry to the competition. I helped build the bridge using my skills gluing the main parts together.  After building the bridge and putting together the finishing touches we were done. 
Next we all brought our bridges out to the testing area to see which bridge held the most weight. We were competing against five other teams. We got our bridges and they place across two supporting tresses with a bar in the middle and attached to a base. From there they attached bricks onto the base; they kept adding more bricks until the bridge broke. The Overall prize was awarded to the team which held the most weight and had the lowest construction cost. 

by Tony Piper

Tuesday, 25 June 2019


North Isles Sports 2019

North Isles Sports 2019 was held on 15 th June 2019 in Westray. It was the 70 th anniversary as North Isles Sports started in 1948 although they skipped a year out somewhere in between. The islands that compete are Stronsay, Papay, Sanday, Westray and sometimes North Ronaldsay and Eday.
The events were 100m sprint, 200m sprint, 400m sprint, 1500m, high jump, long jump, shot putt, football, netball and the fun primary events that were held were 75m sprint, shot putt and standing long jump. The age groups were primary, school girls, school boys, ladies, mens and veteran. I don’t
know ALL of the results but here’s the primary events: for the standing long jump P4/5 boys, Jamie Holland came 1 st with a fab jump of 1m 65cm!!!!!! For the P4/5 girls Martha Bremner competed even though she is only in P3!!!!! She came 3 rd place with an awesome jump of 1m 22cm!!! In the
P6/7 boys Melvin Holland came second with a jump 1m 71cm missing out on 1 st place by 2cm!!! In the P6/7 girls I (Millie Dennison) came 1 st with a jump of 2m 14cm. In the 75m sprint p4/5 boys Liam Daily did a great run and came 3 rd !!!!!! In the
P4/5 girls 75m Martha Bremner competed again and came 3rd with a really speedy run. In the P6/7 boys 75m Melvin Holland competed and came 3 rd place. In the P6/7 girls Toni-Anne competed and also came 3 rd !! In the shot putt P4/5 boys Wilbur came 1 st place with an amazing putt of 4m 96cm!!! In the P4/5 girls shot putt Martha Bremner competed and got 3 rd place!! In the P6/7 boys shot putt Sam Whiteman did a fabulous throw and came 3 rd !! In the P6/7 girls Dorothy Bremner came 1 st place with a huge putt!! As there was so many achievements from the Stronsay competitors I cannot type them all, although what I can say is everyone did so well!

By Millie Dennison

Friday, 21 June 2019

What's on this week (24/06/2019)

Monday,  24 June

·         Steve and Yvonne away all week  (Marion in Nursery/Colin janitor)

·         Jennifer away to end of term

·         Steve Bunning here

·         Funny Hat/Wig day

·         Parent Council Meeting (7.30 pm)

Tuesday, 25 June

·         School Sports Day

Wednesday, 26  June

·         Sponsored Walk (Secondary)

·         UP/Secondary attend ferry consultation

Thursday, 27 June

·         Bridge Building trip (S1/2, Pam, Christine)

·         AFYD fishing trip (Antoine/Jamie M)

Friday, 28 June

·         Pier Arts Trip (UP, S1, Wendy, Andrew, Gaynor)

Thursday, 20 June 2019

RSABI & Fishermen's Mission Sponsored Walk - 26/06/2019

The whole secondary will be doing a sponsored walk on the 26th of June. They will be walking around the Queen's Drive and back to the school and will then do 4 laps of the football pitch to make the distance of the walk 7 miles.
The secondary has decided to put the money to two charities. These two charities are the Fishermen's Mission and RSABI. Both of these charities support mental wellbeing in local industries.
There will be sponsor forms in both shops, the school and the pub.

Aiden Stout

Monday, 17 June 2019

What's on this week (17/06/2019)

What’s On?

Monday,  17 June

·         Scheduled power cut between 2 and 4.30 pm (school open as normal)

Tuesday, 18 June

·         School Nurses here  (??)

·         STEM club

Wednesday, 19 June

·         Alex Clark, Bikeability, for P5-new S1s (all day)

Thursday, 20 June

Friday, 21 June

·   Steve and Yvonne away (until 1 July)

    Marion in Nursery, Colin as janitor

Monday, 10 June 2019

What's on this week (10/06/2019)

10–14 June

Monday,  10 June
Steve Bunning here
Lee-Anne Gray here
Interviews for Early Years Post

Tuesday, 11 June
Mr King
Film Club (Spirited Away, 120 min.)

Wednesday, 12 June 
Mr King
John Cairns (athletics) here morning
Anne Harrison here
Primary/S1 trip to KGS (Sarah, Mairi, Antoine)
Jane away (with Aimee S. at KGS)
Fire extinguishers serviced (am)

Thursday, 13 June
Mr King away
Last Swim club

Friday, 14 June
Mr King away
Ethos day P1-S3 all day

Friday, 31 May 2019

What's on this week (3rd June 2019)

3 –7 June

Monday,  3 June

·         In-Service Day

·         J. Barber here

Tuesday, 4 June

·         P7s move up to S1—new timetable

·         STEM club

Wednesday, 5 June

·         C. Knox away

·         Catherine  Johnson here all day

·         Pupil Parliament (Period 5)

·         Swim Club

Thursday, 6 June

Friday, 7 June

·         Y. Weaver away

·         Erik/Jamie start at college (S. Cooper away)

·         Transition day Nursery/P3

Friday, 24 May 2019

What's on this week (27/05/2019)

Monday,  27 May

·         Steve Bunning here

·         A. King away

·         Gaynor away

·         John and Philip to KGS

Tuesday, 28 May

·         A. King away

·         Nat 5 Geography exam 13.00–15.20

·         Film club (My Neighbours the Yamadas, 104 mins.)

Wednesday, 29 May

·         A. Pietri away

·         Lee-Anne Gray here

·         Primary reporting afternoon

·         S3 reporting afternoon

·         Swim Club

Thursday, 30 May

·         Primary athletics trip (6 pupils and M. Dennison)

Friday, 31 May

·         Leaver’s Assembly  1.45

Friday, 17 May 2019

What's on this week (20/05/2019)

Monday,  20 May

·         Mr King away

·         Lee-Anne Gray here (Nursery)

·         John Darcy (NSPCC talk with children)

Tuesday, 21 May

·         Mr King away

·         STEM club

Wednesday, 22 May

·         S. Evans away/V. Leslie here

·         Mr King away

·         HFT Nat 5 exam 13.00-14.50

·         Swim Club

Thursday, 23 May

·         Swim Club

Friday, 24 May

·         P7 transition day

Friday, 10 May 2019

Parent letter - Secondary topics- Term 4 2018-19

What's on this week (13/05/2019)

Monday,  13 May

·         Steve Bunning here

·         Transition day (Primary)

·         Parent Council AGM, 7 pm

Tuesday, 14 May

·         Nat 5 French exam 13.00–15.45

·         Primary Reports  completed on Seemis

·         Film Club (Whisper of the Heart, 111 min.)

Wednesday, 15 May

·         PAT testing (morning)

·         John Cairns here (athletics)

·         Imogen Kerr here

·         Nat 5 Physics exam (13.00–15.45)

·         Swim Club

Thursday, 16 May

·         Britt Harcus (author/illustrator) here (all classes)

·         Swim Club

Friday, 17 May

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Three Little Pigs by the Lower Primary

The lower primary music class have been creating a soundscape for the story of The 3 Little Pigs. Pupils explored various instruments and classroom items to provide sounds/music to represent the different materials used for the 3 houses. The boys and girls wanted to create some effects for the Big Bad Wolf blowing the houses down too!
Mr Duncan


Friday, 3 May 2019

What's on this week (06/05/2019)

Monday,  6 May


Tuesday, 7 May

·         Mr King away

·         Inga Gilmore here (Nursery)

·         Primary Reports in (Seemis)

·         STEM club

Wednesday, 8 May

·         Mr King away

·         Pupil Parliament (Period 5)

·         Swim Club

Thursday, 9 May

·         W. Groat away

·         P7 transition day

·         Nat 5 English exam 9–12.30

·         Swim Club

Friday, 10 May

·          Nat 5 Chemistry exam 13.00–15.30

·         S3 reports in (on template)

Friday, 26 April 2019

What's on this week (29/04/2019)

Monday, 29 April
·         Steve Bunning here
·         Lee-Anne Gray here
·         Piano lessons start again

Tuesday, 30 April
·         Nat 5 Biology Exam 13.00
·         Film Club:  Grave of the Fireflies (89 min.)

           Wednesday, 1 May
·         Mr King away
·         Swim Club

Thursday, 2 May
·         Transition Day (Nursery/Primary/P7)
·         Swim Club

           Friday, 3 May
·         Nat 5 Maths Exam 9/10.45
·         Nat 5 Practical Woodworking exam 14.00

Stronsay pupils release trout in the Meikle Water (April 5th, 2019)

The sun was out and the Meikle Water was flat as a mill pond when the day had come to release the trout alevins hatched in the school shed between February and April.
Jamie was in charge of "Troot in the Shed" this year and he managed to successfully run the project with minimal loss! The eggs and fry were checked on a daily basis as it is critical to remove any casualties from the tank before the water quality starts degrading. The simple set-up we have in school doesn't allow us to feed the fry once their yolk-sacs have been reabsorbed, so they need to be released without delay.
However, one can ‘t just hatch any fish and release them in the wild… We have to go through a very strict application process and submit our paperwork to Marine Scotland who will consider several criteria such as the species and size of fish, the origin of the broodstock, the receiving water, etc… If Marine Scotland consider the introduction as safe, we get issued with a « stocking consent » which allows us to proceed.
So, with the « stocking consent » in the bag,  Jamie, John and Mr Pietri walked to the loch on the last day of term and carefully released about a hundred unfed fry into the Meikle Water. Mrs Rose had generously provided us with fine mesh nets and trays to sample the bottom of the loch for invertebrates and mollusks which the trout might come to feed on at some point... Food was scarce, so early in the season, but there’s no doubt the fry will grow into very healthy brown trout!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Fractions, decimal fractions and percentage (S1)

Fractions, decimal fractions and percentage (S1)      25/04/19
Today in maths we have started a new topic which is:
Fractions, decimals and percentage.

Our learning intention is:
"I am learning to convert fractions, decimal fractions and percentage into equivalent fractions, decimals fractions or percentage."

The first thing that we did into today’s lesson was estimating percentages on circles and rectangles. We did this on Mrs Rose’s PowerPoint.  There were little games that the computer would give us a percentage and we have to guess where about it would be on the circle or rectangle.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Fun 5z Netball

The Northlink P6/7 Primary league came to a conclusion on Sat 30th March at the Picky Centre. Stronsay Limpets (Lewis, Melvin, Sam, Dorothy and Millie) played extremely well over all four games, resulting in a fantastic 2nd place in the league overall. Well done to you all! Thank you very much to SOS who funded the travel and fees over the season – it is much appreciated and would not be possible without this help.

JRSO trip to Whitehall Village

On Monday 1st April 2019 the JRSOs did a Primary trip to Whitehall Village.JRSO stands for Junior Road Safety Officers, who are a small group of kids who teach their peers/younger children how to be safe on the road. Since the younger ones had been doing a lot on being seen, crossing roads etc.We thought it would be cool to do a trip for them so we could actually do what they had learned. While we were walking we had to cross roads a few times.So,we reminded everyone to stay at the kerb and STOP, LOOK, LISTEN!Which includes stopping at the kerb, looking right, left, and right again and listening for traffic.Most people said they enjoyed it, (although it looked like they all did) and had fun. As we walked we had some stops and did discussions on the signs we saw,the bad corners and other things.We think altogether it was a great trip.

Friday, 22 March 2019

S1s - Adding and taking away decimals

Today we have been doing adding and taking away with decimals. Our task was to roll 8 dices, the point of this was to find out what our question would be. We also had to roll an adding and taking away die to find out if we were adding or taking away. After we did this we answered our question. 

Our learning intention was;
I am learning to use the formal method to solve addition and subtraction problems working with whole numbers and decimals fraction to three decimal places. 

We all believe that we achieved this. We think we achieved this because we all got all of our questions right.

Aimee- I really enjoyed doing this activity because we were not just working from a book. Doing it with the dice made it more fun.

Tony- I found it okay doing this piece of work and I got them all right.

Aiden- I found this activity pretty easy. I went all the way up to 8 decimal places. I would have gone higher but the calculator only went up to 5 decimal places.

We are now moving onto multiply and dividing decimals.  So far we have been told two different methods to find this out one is called the grid method and the other one is called the chimney method.

What's on this week (25/03/2019)

Monday, 25th March 

 · Cate Evans away
 · Fleur Ward (PhD student) here

 Tuesday, 26th March 

 · James Wylie here
 · Football skills club (15.15–17.15)

 Wednesday, 27th March 

 · Imogen Kerr here
 · Swim Club

Thursday, 28th March 

· Swim Club

Friday, 29th March 

 SQA closing date for entry withdrawals and level changes

Monday, 18 March 2019

What's on this week (18/03/2019)

What’s On?

18–22 March

Monday, 18th March
Richard Clubley here
Steve Bunning here
PRD P. Rose (16.00)

Tuesday, 19th March
Mr King away
Football skills club (15.15-17.15)

Wednesday, 20th March
NO Swim Club

Thursday, 21st  March
SQA uplift of N5 externally assessed coursework
Swim Club

Friday, 22nd March

Friday, 15 March 2019

Pupil Voice to Improve Numeracy

These posts are about how our parents can help them to help us to improve our numeracy. This blog will also let parents see what their children have been doing in class. Keeping in mind this blog is only for S1 and S2's. There will be regular updates on the topics we have been doing, there will also be pictures and pieces of work that the pupils have done in class. With the work being on the blog if the pupils get stuck on their homework then their parents can access the blog for help.

Friday, 8 March 2019

What's on this week (11/03/2019)

11–15 March

Monday, 11th March
·         S. Evans away/V.Leslie here
·         Mr King away
·          D. Blyth away
·         Anne Harrison here

Tuesday, 12th March
·         V.Leslie here
·         D. Blyth away
·         S. Weaver away
·         Lee Anne Gray here
·         PRD C. Knox (15.30)
·         No football skills club

Wednesday, 13th March
·         PRD S. Weaver (9.40)
·         PRD J. Graham (10.40)
·         Swim Club

Thursday, 14th March
·         PRD A. Pietri (Period 2)
·         PRD G. Smith (Period 4)
·         Swim Club

Friday, 15th March

Monday, 25 February 2019

What's on this week (25/02/2019)

Monday, 25th Feb. 

· G.S (and John) away all week
· Jennifer away 
· Lee-Anne Gray (Nursery) here
 · Alan Tait (Safety) here
 · PRD Cate (Period 6)

 Tuesday, 26th Feb. 

· Jennifer away
 · Sanday Primary (P5–7) here
 · P7 NHS screening
 · PRD Holly (Period 5)
 · Football skills club (15.15-16.30)

 Wednesday, 27th Feb. 

· Sarah away
 · Swim Club

 Thursday, 28th Feb. 

 · PRD Wendy (15.30)
 · Swim Club

 Friday, 1 March 

 · Secondary (9.15-12.10) CPR and Defib. with Sarah Stevenson in the hall
 · PRD Wayne (Period 1)

Stronsay School - Anti-bullying policy

Friday, 22 February 2019

5G lines and guidelines

Please find the technical information on the 5G project and H&S guidelines. The minimum distance from the antenna to be safe is 2metres according to ICNIRP guidelines. The antenna is the cylinder at the top of the mast which is above the height of the sports hall roof. The maximum level of signal measured in the playground is 0.6V/m very significantly lower than the maximum allowed safe level at the frequency being used at the school (773MHz). The maximum safe level is 37V/m. In other areas of the school that were measured the levels are even lower than 0.6V/m.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

What's on this week (18/02/19)

Monday, 18th Feb. 

 · Holiday

Tuesday, 19th Feb. 

 · Gaynor (and John) away all week
·  Mr King away
· STEM club

Wednesday, 20th Feb. 

· Mr King away
· Swim Club

Thursday, 21st Feb. 

· S. Bunning here

Friday, 22nd Feb.

Friday, 8 February 2019

What's on this week (February 11th 2019)

11–15  February
Monday, 11th Feb.
·       G.S (and John) away all week
·       Music Theory class for P6/7 starts

Tuesday, 12th Feb.
·       Sanday Primary 1–4 here
·       Film club (My Neighbour Totoro, 86 min.)
Wednesday, 13th Feb.
·       Mr. King away
·       S4 reports on GLOW
·       Swim Club

Thursday, 14th Feb.
·       In-Service Day
Friday, 15th Feb.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Message from Ewan K Kennedy, Promotion & Student Facilities Officer.

"As part of Scottish Apprenticeship 2019, Orkney College UHI and DYW Orkney are organising an apprenticeship information event at the Overblikk at Orkney College
This will take place on Wednesday 6th March and will be held 4-5pm, with tea, coffee and baking available.
The event will provide information on all types of apprenticeship available in Orkney – Foundation, Modern and Graduate. We also intend to have current apprentices and former apprentices talk a little bit about their experiences.  The aim being to inform parents and pupils in attendance of the benefits of each type of apprenticeship and what makes them distinct from one another."

Ewan K Kennedy| Promotion & Student Facilities Officer

University of the Highlands and Islands |Orkney College UHI | East Road | Kirkwall | Orkney | KW15 1LX

Tel: +44 (0)1856  569351

ewan.kennedy@uhi.ac.uk|Website | Facebook | Twitter

Accordion donation

Elspeth Middleton donated a small accordion to nursery. The children have had so much fun with it already.
Thank you Elspeth!

 Please, if you have any instruments you no longer require, the nursery children will always be happy to use them!

Friday, 11 January 2019

What's on this week (14/01/2019)

Monday, 14th  Jan.

·       Lee Anne Gray here (Nursery)

Tuesday, 15th Jan.

·       Swimming starts for P.E.

·       Film club (Princess Mononoke, 134 min.)

Wednesday, 16th Jan.

·       Imogen Kerr here

·       Swim Club

Thursday, 17th Jan.

·       Swim Club

Friday, 18th Jan.