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New school crossing patroller is a friendly face for Keiss pupils


By Alan Hendry

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Newly appointed crossing patroller Carrieanne Johnston helping Keiss pupil Katie Polson get to school this morning.
Newly appointed crossing patroller Carrieanne Johnston helping Keiss pupil Katie Polson get to school this morning.

Keiss Primary School and Nursery has a crossing patroller for the first time since last summer following the appointment of local woman Carrieanne Johnston, who started in the role on Monday.

The school had been without a crossing patroller since Frances Calder retired in August 2020.

The road through the village forms part of the A99 between Wick and John O'Groats and can become very busy at key points in the day.

Head teacher Fraser Thomson explained that the appointment was a result of "excellent partnership working" between the school and nursery, parent council, community council and local Highland councillor Willie Mackay.

Mr Thomson said: “The safety of our learners travelling to and from school and nursery each day is paramount. This view is shared across our school and nursery community.

"Appointing Carrieanne, who is a former parent and a friendly face to our families, helps to ensure that our learners travel safely to and from school and nursery.”


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