Friday, 20 April 2018

Music Medals

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Mrs Duncan will be offering the opportunity for her pupils to sit music medal assessments from this term. Music medals are run by ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) who also run the graded music exam system. There are five levels of Medal - Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. They run from a pre-grade one level through to grade 3 level.
The medal assessment consists of three sections - an ensemble performance, a solo performance, and sight-reading – all of which have been prepared in lessons, and the assessment is conducted within normal lesson times. The assessment is run by, recorded, and marked by Mrs Duncan, before being sent to ABRSM in London to be verified. The child will then receive a certificate, comment sheet, and Music Medal badge. 
Working towards a music medal is a really fun way to motivate your child to practise and gives them a great sense of pride and achievement, as well as really improving their ability on their instrument. Every fiddle player in primary will be given an opportunity to sit a medal at some point, but timing will be at the discretion of Mrs Duncan and dependent on the child’s level and on the amount of effort and practice being put in outside of school.

You can find out more about music medals at the ABRSM website or by contacting Mrs Duncan at school.

First Aid at the Stronsay School

"On Wednesday 21 st March, all of secondary went to learn about first aid in the afternoon. Skills we learnt were how to use AED machine, when the right time was to use CPR, how to do CPR on babies, children and adults and what to do if you see someone choking. We went into pairs with a fake body to practice and apply what we had seen. I think it is important to know first aid because seeing a person who is in need of it could happen to anybody at any time. Knowing first aid could save someone’s life. I think the most important skill to learn is how to CPR on an adult because it is most likely to happen to them. I think what I found most challenging was pushing down correctly on the chest to keep the blood in the body pumping. A big thank you goes to Rosalind for spending time informing us about first aid." 

"On Wednesday 21 st march 2018 the S1 – 4 were taught about First aid by Rosalind. We learnt how to perform CPR on adults, children and babies. We also learnt how to use an AED machine. The AED machine told you how to apply the pads and you had to press the button to give the shock. There was a fake body which you used to practice CPR. Rosalind taught the secondary’s about what to do if you see someone choking. I think that it is important to know about First aid because you never know when you might need it. As Rosalind said “if you don’t use it you lose it” which is why you should go over it every year."