World War Two Tea Party
Halkirk School's Primary 7 class rounded
off the term with a very successful World War tea party on Thursday
afternoon. Around 80 parents and friends attended and were treated to
tea, coffee and a selection of home baking .They also had the
opportunity to browse the children's work which was on display. The
children then entertained them with a dance, which they choreographed
themselves to Glen Miller's In the Mood. This was followed by a play
detailing the events of the war which included a short version of Ready
Steady Cook to explain rationing and an accompanying slideshow. They
finished off with a selection of wartime songs. The afternoon ended with
the drawing of the class' Easter hamper raffle which they had organised
to boost funds to pay for their residential trip to Fairburn in June. A
total of £1200 has now been raised, well done to all the children for
all their hard work.
Winning Halkirk Netball Team Of 2007
was a great netball season for the girls of the Halkirk School Netball
Team. The photo shows Halkirk netball team with the Chic Lobban memorial
trophy which they won for the west side of Caithness, and the Caithness
Schools Cup they won against Castletown. They are from back left, Lauren
Yuille, Laura Stewart, Joanne Armour, Jessica Dreaves, Eva Hymers and
Chloe Mackenzie. Front from left Rachel Gunn and Shannon Eyers. Well
Finishing Touches To Halkirk School's Garden
The final touches to Halkirk Schools new
garden were made recently with the erection of an otter holt, flagstones
with carvings by the children, a pergola built by Mr Andrew Crawford,
benches painted and decorated by the children, and the planting of
various shrubs and plants, many of which were donated by parents and
friends in the community. A number of parents, staff, pupils and even
ex-pupils turned out to help Mary Legg, Liz O'Donnell and Philip Wright
finish off the digging, planting etc. one evening after school last
week. Afterwards, Mrs Disbury, headteacher, made a short speech thanking
everyone for all their help and hard work and made presentations to
Mary, Liz, Philip and parent Andrew Crawford for all they'd done. The
garden looks beautiful and was much admired the following morning by
50 Years Show
The show celebrating the 50 years from 1956 - 2006 was performed by
the children who now form Halkirk Primary school. the school was
formerly Halkirk Junior High School and a reunion was held over the
weekend. The school was open for the former pupils who attended
the show to look round the school. A school dinner (mince, tatties and peas and custard and sponge or jelly and cream) specially
laid on for them at Saturday lunch before the show. Parents saw the show
on Friday evening which was faultless on Saturday and credit to the
children, teachers and all others who helped put it on.
Halkirk School Garden Project Going Well
Project which is ongoing at Halkirk Primary School.
We were initially given a grant of £3000 from Scottish Natural Heritage.
With this money trees were bought and planted, picnic benches and
planters were bought, as were two bower domes, hedging and a selection
of plants. An ornamental garden was planned with the help of Liz
O'Donnel and work on it is underway with help from Mary Legg and Philip
Wright and a willing team of volunteer parent, staff and pupil helpers.
Parents and friends have also donated various equipment, plants, topsoil
etc. to help us carry out the project.
The children have also enjoyed taking part
in the various jobs- digging, planting etc. both in and out of school
time and are also enjoying making use of the picnic benches for their
lunch on nice days and sitting in the bower domes on the log seats. The
project has made our playground a much more attractive place for
everyone and we are very grateful to everyone who has helped out in any
way but special thanks must go to Liz, Mary and Philip who have worked
so hard with the children to get the project up and running. The work is
ongoing with a human sundial, a hill fort and an otter holt still in the
planning stages. We look forward to seeing the completed project which
will be something the pupils can enjoy and take care of for many years
Halkirk Wins West Side Of County Competition 2006
Netball Team won the netball league for the West Side of the county.
They beat Miller Academy 13 - 8 in the final game. They play Hillhead in
the County Final in Wick On Monday 19 June 2006.
Music Festival 2006
Halkirk Pupil Council With Shoe Boxes For
the last few years school
children in Caithness have donated gifts of
shoeboxes to Blytheswood for shipment to children in Eastern Europe.
This year Halkirk school collected almost 90 boxes filled with many
small items in time to reach their destination before Christmas.
Visit To Dounreay Visitor Centre
Primary School recently enjoyed a visit to Dounreay's VisitorCentre. The
children were given the opportunity to meet the Civil Nuclear
Constabulary's police dog. The children are pictured here with staff
from the primary school, visitor centre guides, Helen Mackay (back row,
left) and Debbie Doull (back row, right) and CNC Police Officer Helen
Richards (back row, middle).
INSPECTION OF HALKIRK PRIMARY SCHOOL, CAITHNESS
An HMIE report on the 134-pupil Halkirk
Primary School, Caithness, has praised the good ethos, the sense of
teamwork and the care given to pupils by the teachers. The inspectors
commented on the welcoming environment and the good links with parents
and the wider community. Pupils take part enthusiastically in the school
council which has been well used by the Head Teacher, Mrs Frances
Disbury, to advise her on pupilsí concerns. Out of school activities
included successful participation in the local music festival and visits
by pupils to senior citizens in the village. Mrs Disbury is commended
for her commitment to the school.
Read The Full Report
2002 Music Festival