Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Travelling art gallery trip report and photos (24/09/2015)

The Travelling Art Gallery School Trip

On Thursday the 24th of September S1 – S3 and Molly, (because she is doing National 5 in Art) went to Kirkwall for an art trip to visit the traveling gallery, which was at the Picky Centre. The bus included art from Scottish artists who had been nominated for the Turner Prize. It travels around Scotland for several months.  The exhibition was called “Eyes on the Prize”.  The bus is owned and managed by the Scottish Arts Council.

We took the boat with Mrs Rose and Miss Deavin, when we arrived we walked to the Library to meet our art teacher, Mrs Brown. It was a lovely day for a school trip.

Then we walked to the Picky Centre to eat lunch then went to the gallery which was parked by the Picky Centre. On the outside of the bus was a big picture by the artist Mike Inglis.

There was lots of amazing art inside and it was very interesting.

Charlie – My favourites were the Metal Box (Blinded By The Light) by Jim Lambie and Spiral by Douglas Gordon. I like the first one because I like the bright colours and the other one because it’s different to art I’ve seen before.

Sonya – My favourites was the Metal Box (Blinded By The Light) by Jim Lambie, Things I associate with you by Ciara Phillips and Bone by David Shrigley. I like the first one because I like the colours and the way he has folded it, also the materials he used. I like the second one because of the different textures. I like the bone because he made it for a joke, it’s not serious and he’s left his hand print where he was holding it.

The gallery guide said that they will attempt to come over to Stronsay when they are on their next tour around Scotland, which would be fantastic for our community.

By Charlie and Sonya, S3

Winter Newsletter - October 2015

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

JEANS for GENES DAY (17/09/2015)

Mrs Brown and the XL pupils would like to thank everyone who participated and donated to our Jeans for Genes day fundraiser, we raised £55.50!  Secondary XL pupils planned and organised the event in school to raise money for their chosen charity.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Geobus Trip & STEM club


On the 2nd September the whole of Secondary made a visit to Geobus. The event was hosted by KGS.
Geobus is a free educational outreach project for schools developed and run by the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews.

GeoBus is available to visit all secondary schools in all educational authorities around Scotland. Teaching packages cover broad areas of Earth science aimed at supporting STEM subject teaching generally, and highlighting career opportunities in Earth science and other STEM subjects.

GeoBus Aims

To support Earth Science teaching in secondary schools by providing resources that are not readily available to educators.

To inspire young learners by including new research outcomes in the teaching packages, which at times will be presented by researchers.

To provide a bridge between industry, HEIs, Research Councils, and schools to highlight career opportunities in geology specifically, and Earth sciences and STEM areas generally.

Secondary 1 and 2 attended three workshops: FUNdamentals of rocks, Earthquakes and buildings and Earthquakes and waves.
Secondary 3 and 4 attended: Fascinating fossils and Fluvial processes.



To follow the event the School’s STEM Club carried out a further activity.

The members completed a design challenge. The challenge was to construct the most economically viable building which could also withstand the challenges of an earthquake.
Thomas and Ieuan made an impressive building after the third attempt. Unfortunately it fell spectacularly.
The joint winners: Erynn and John creating a building with a volume of 3060 cm3 withstanding an earthquake for the longest time. Followed by Sonya and Mr Rose with a building of 3521 cm3 which remained standing for just a little less time, however it was very close.

Mrs Rose