Friday, 29 January 2016

Literacy Day (3/02/2016)

Literacy Day    Wednesday February 3rd 2016.

This year we are focussing on Orcadian Folklore and Language.

The visitors will be Simon Hall who has written “The Orcadian Gruffalo”. He is the Principal Teacher of English at KGS but on secondment at present to promote the Orcadian language. Tom Muir works at the museum in Kirkwall. He is one of the Orkney Storytellers. We are hoping he will tell stories as well as read from his book “The Mermaid Bride and other Orkney Folk Tales”. Tom has visited our school before.

Look out for photographs of the event on the SJHS blog in the next few days!

What's on this week (1/02/2016)

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Reminder about the Glow virtual learning environment

This is just a reminder about this very powerful tool which our youngsters can access from anywhere and from any computer, smartphone or tablet with an Internet connection.

Glow email
All pupils in the school possess a Glow email account which they should use for school work related messages or attachments, such as communicating with and sending work to teachers, saving documents, etc… If a pupil has forgotten their email address or password, they should ask staff who will be able to restore the settings.

Microsoft Office on-line
Through the Glow learning environment, all users have full access to Microsoft Office on-line which means that even if they don’t have Word or PowerPoint installed on their own machines, they can still read, edit, save or create documents as long as they’re on-line.

Glow groups
All secondary pupils belong to subject “Glow Groups”. A Glow group could be compared to a “virtual classroom”; it is a safe environment, password protected, which can only be accessed by “members” of the group.  Worksheets, past papers, PowerPoint presentations are stored as well as links to relevant websites. Glow groups are also used extensively by itinerant teachers to set work when there are transport delays.

Pupils can store up to a huge 1TB* of school data on the OneDrive which they can access from any
electronic device with an Internet connection . There, they can also create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

Here are tips on how to use the OneDrive:

For more details you can visit the Education Scotland website by clicking on:

*1 terabyte represents the equivalent of about 200,000 digital photos at high resolution…

What's on this week (25/01/2016)

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

S1/2 pupils bake a pie fit for a king!

Last Thursday, during a French lesson,  the S1/2 pupils took over the Home Economics room to bake a strange pie which fills up the shelves of French “patisseries” at this time of year…
The pie in question is “la Galette des Rois” (the Kings’ Pie) and no French home would miss the opportunity to share “une galette” with the family around the 12th Night after Christmas – in other words, around  January 6th for the Epiphany festival. Every pie comes with a golden paper crown  which gets to be worn by the person who finds the little charm hidden in their slice.

Friday, 15 January 2016

What's on this week (18/01/16)

Upper Primary “Jump Rope for Heart” and raise £270.00 !!!

Last November, the Upper Primary pupils took part in the event “Jump Rope for Heart” involving a solid hour of various skipping activities.
The children did amazingly well and managed to raise the sum of £270.00, 80% (£216.00) of   which went to the British Heart Foundation, leaving 20% for the school. The class chose to buy bean bags and playtime equipment with the £54.
Well done to all involved!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Prelims & Stress

Prelims & Stress

Ex Stronsay School Pupil Ocean Miller (currently studying at The University of Stirling) visited the school in order to observe teaching and gain some experience of working with pupils.  
On Thursday 07/01/16 Ocean visited the S4 Health and Wellbeing lesson with Mrs Brown and gave a very useful presentation to the S4 class about exams and stress.  Ocean offered advice on organisation, revision and progression to KGS and University, reflecting on her own recent experience.  This gave pupils a realistic insight into the process of preparing for and sitting exams, which will be invaluable for the approaching prelims and the SQA exams.

The SQA website also offers a helpful study guide section accessible to pupils and parents at:

This features links to past papers, tips for studying, help to combat stress and more.  
Pupils are also reminded that they can speak to any subject teacher with concerns or questions regarding exams and revision and that Mrs Brown is also always available for general guidance and support.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

STEM club and film club update

Film Club will re-start again on Tuesday 19th January.

Here is a note of the Tuesday clubs for secondary pupils this term. 

Tuesday 12th Jan               STEM Club

Tuesday 19th Jan               Film Club

Tuesday 26th Jan               STEM CLUB

Tuesday 2nd  Feb              Film Club

Tuesday 9th Feb                 STEM Club

Tuesday 16th Feb               Film Club

Tuesday 23rd Feb               STEM Club

Tuesday 1st March            Film Club

Tuesday 8th March            STEM Club

Tuesday 15th March         Film Club

Tuesday 22nd March         STEM Club