Friday, 20 December 2019

What's on (6/01/2020)

What’s On?

6-10 Jan.

Monday, 6 Jan.

Tuesday, 7 Jan.

Wednesday, 8 Jan.
·         Steve Bunning here
·         Inga Linklater here (drama)

Thursday, 9 Jan.
·         Mr King away

Friday, 10 Jan.
·         Mr King away
·         S. Evans away





Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Education, Leisure and Housing Winter Newsletter (2019-20)

Stronsay Junior High School Community Engagement Letter (Dec.2019)

Our Ref: KW310

10th December 2019

For the attention of: 
Headteacher
Mr Andrew King
Stronsay Junior High School
Stronsay
Orkney Islands
KW17 2AE

Dear Sir or Madam,

PROPOSED COMMUNICATIONS INSTALLATION FOR ARQIVA’S SMART METER NETWORK AT STRONSAY COMMUNITY CENTRE, STRONSAY COMMUNITY CENTRE, STRONSAY, ORKNEY ISLANDS, KW17 2AE

WHP act as agents for Arqiva.

This letter is to draw your attention to a planning application to be submitted by WHP on behalf of Arqiva and to provide contact details should you wish to enquire about it.

Arqiva owns, hosts and operates shared radio telecommunications infrastructure. It owns and operates the UK’s TV and radio broadcasting transmitter network and it hosts a large number of other radio communications services on its sites.

The Smart Metering Network
Smart metering is a Government programme to roll out, between 2014 and 2020, smart electricity and gas meters to homes and small businesses across Great Britain.  The smart meter initiative is a key part of the Government’s programme to cut greenhouse gas emissions, decarbonise the economy and support the creation of new green jobs and technologies.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has awarded the contract to deliver the radio communications network for Smart Metering to Arqiva and Telef√≥nica.  Arqiva will deploy and manage the radio communications network in Scotland and northern England whilst Telef√≥nica will provide the network to the remainder of Great Britain. 

This new national Smart Metering Network (SMN) is a key project in the UK’s National Infrastructure Plan and will form part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure. Its deployment and timely delivery is particularly important to achieving a sustainable economy and meeting key Government priorities.  In Scotland, smart metering will help deliver the aspirations within the Climate Change (Scotland) Act and Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027 - The Second Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2).  It will help meet objectives within the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy and support Scotland's transformation to a low carbon economy. 
The SMN, like all electronic communications networks, is to be supported by an infrastructure of operational sites with the required antennas and other apparatus needed to provide radio coverage to the local area. In that sense, they have similarities with cellular networks, with the Smart Meters, being the devices that must connect and communicate with the network antennas, rather than mobile devices.
The SMN sites must therefore be located in proximity to the premises that will be served and must be able to communicate with meters that are often located within  the heart of a property, for example, in an under stairs cupboard.  
Consistent with planning policy, the main sites that form the SMN have been largely planned around sharing or using existing communication sites, buildings and structures and where this has not been possible, new ground based masts. These main installations provide the main umbrella of coverage to larger geographical areas and premises within those areas. 
However there are still smaller settlements, peripheral areas and more remote locations that cannot be covered by these sites due to coverage constraints, often related to distance, topography or other environmental related factors.  Hence, in order to provide more localised coverage to these areas, a secondary layer of smaller sites, known as micro sites are required and these are generally physically smaller. The application is in relation to a site required for this secondary layer.

As these micro and repeater sites are required to provide localised indoor coverage over very specific areas then the siting parameters for coverage reasons are narrow.   The sites must also satisfy a range of operational criteria, such as good fibre connectivity, an existing power supply suitably high and resilient for an electronic communications network, a reasonable level of security, vehicular or pedestrian access for ongoing maintenance and security of tenure for the life of the SMN contract with DECC. In addition the site must be capable of being constructed without undue constraints and avoiding undue environmental disturbance, that for example, might be associated with creating new access tracks and supplying new power runs above or below ground.

We are preparing to make an application to the local planning authority and it is possible that in due course the authority may notify you about it.

If you have any comments about the proposal please contact us within the next ten days so that your views can, if practicable, be taken into account before we make the application.

My contact details are given below.

Yours sincerely


Damian Hosker BA (Hons) MA MRTPI
Principal Planner


Drawing Numbers: KW310 (305140)

DECC Smart Metering System


ARQIVA Smart Metering Network


#NoWrongPath# Compilation:

Standards & Quality Report 2018-2019

Christmas Jumper Day - Stronsay J H raises £76.60!



Friday, 13 December 2019

Primary Maths Challenge success


What's on this week (16/12/2019)

What’s On?

16–20 Dec.

Monday, 16 Dec.

Tuesday, 17 Dec.
·         Lee Anne Gray here
·         Film club

Wednesday, 18 Dec.
·         School Christmas Dinner

Thursday, 19 Dec.
·         Wayne away
·         Early lunch (12.30)
·         Christmas party

Friday, 20 Dec.
·         Last day of Term 2!!

Term 3 begins on Monday, 6 January.

Friday, 6 December 2019

What's on this week (9/12/2019)

9–13 Dec.

Monday, 9 Dec.
·         Kay, Findlay and Rachel here
·         “No Wrong Path” event  (Bright Room booked all day for event)
·         C. Knox LO Period 3
·         M. Dennison LO Period 4

Tuesday, 10 Dec.
·         Steve away
·         Non-teaching staff meeting
·         Teaching staff meeting
·         D. Blyth LO, Period 6

Wednesday, 11 Dec.
·         Catherine Johnson here
·         Mr King away

Thursday, 12 Dec.
·         W. Groat LO, Period 4

Friday, 13 Dec.
·         Christmas Jumper Day
·         Christmas Assembly 1.35-2.30

Saturday, 14 Dec.   Tree Lighting Event

Monday, 2 December 2019

What's on this week (2/12/2019)

What’s On?

2–6 Dec.

Monday, 2 Dec.
·         Anne Harrison here
·         Cheryl Rafferty here
·         Kevin Shearer (IT) here
·         C. Evans LO, period 2
·         Primary Reporting Afternoon (Part 1)

Tuesday, 3 Dec.
·         Mr King away
·         D. Blyth away
·         Steve away (Colin here)
·         STEM club

Wednesday, 4 Dec.
·         Mr King away
·         D. Blyth away

Thursday, 5 Dec.
·         J. Barber away
·         A. Pietri LO, period 4
·         Primary Reporting afternoon (Part 2)

Friday, 6 Dec.
·         P. Rose LO, period 7

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

What's on this week (25/11/2019)

Monday, 25 Nov.
·         Bruce Pilkington here
·         Secondary Interim Reports completed
·         Primary Football Club (P4–7)

Tuesday, 26 Nov.
·         Holly LO, period 4
·         Sheila LO, period 6
·         Film Club

Wednesday, 27 Nov.
·         P1 screening, School Nurses here
·         Yvonne away
·         Jane LO period 6

Thursday, 28 Nov.
·         Sarah Evans away (Vivia here)
·         Antoine away (L1+2 meeting)

Friday, 29 Nov.
·         S1–3 reports sent home
·         Sarah Evans away (Vivia here)
·         Wayne LO, period 2

Friday, 15 November 2019

What's on this week (18/11/2019)

What’s On?

18–22 Nov.

Monday, 18 Nov.
·         Mr King away
·         Auxiliary posts start
·         Football club

Tuesday, 19 Nov.
·         S. Evans LO, period 2
·         STEM Club

Wednesday, 20 Nov.
·         Mr King away

Thursday, 21 Nov.
·         Harry Josephine Giles, author in residence here
·         W. Duncan away

Friday, 22 Nov.
·         Harry Josephine Giles here

Secondary topics - Term 2


Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Sponsored Walk (26/06/2019}



During the summer term pupils in Secondary One to Four at Stronsay Junior High School organised and completed a sponsored walk. The initial idea for fundraising was to support mental health charities and suicide prevention. After some research the pupils decided that they would like to support The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent institute (RSABI) and the Fishermen’s Mission, as these two charities support the local industries in our island community. The final total for donations was £282 which has been split equally between their two chosen charities, On 4th November David Sinclair, from The Fishermen’s Mission visited the school to collect the cheque and to speak to the secondary parliament about his role within the charity. A cheque has also been sent to RSABI. The Secondary parliament would like to thank everyone who supported them and helped them to raise funds and awareness of these two charities.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

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

11–15 Nov.
Monday, 11 Nov.
·         Imogen here
·         Orkney Photographic here
·         Remembrance Day 10.50
Tuesday, 12 Nov.
·         Lee Anne Gray here
·         Non-teaching staff meeting  10.25
Wednesday, 13 Nov.
·         Catherine Johnson here
·         Mr King away
·         Staff meeting

Thursday, 14 Nov.
·         S. Evans away (C. Knox to cover periods 1–6)

Friday, 15 Nov.
·         C. Knox covering LP all day
·                                                  Parent Council meeting  1.30

Friday, 8 November 2019

Lighting up Red for Remembrance



Dear all,

We are lighting up the school red this year to show our support for the Scottish Poppy Appeal.  To find out more please visit:


Many thanks go to those who helped for making this happen for us!

The primary children have also been busy making poppy lanterns for display in the school and Kirk windows.  These will be lit on Sunday night 10th November and, if battery life allows, Monday night 11th November.

Kind regards,

Sarah Evans

Friday, 1 November 2019

What's this week (04/11/2019)

What’s On?

4–8 Nov.

Monday, 4 Nov.
·         P. Rose away
·         David Sinclair (Fisherman’s Mission) here
·         Wee Sleep Out workshops


Tuesday, 5 Nov.
      ·         STEM club starts
      ·         Staff meeting



Wednesday, 6 Nov.
      ·         Mr King away


Thursday, 7 Nov.
      ·         Mr King away


Friday, 8 Nov.
            ·         Mr King away