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PICTURE SPECIAL: Caring Noss primary kids have fun while raising charity cash


By David G Scott

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Pupils at Noss Primary School and ELC in Wick organised events and activities to support the Blythswood Appeal and Children in Need.

On Friday, November 17 the school and ELC community raised £1070 for Children in Need. Members of the pupil council led by class teacher, Sandra Inrig organised activities to help raise money for Children in Need.

Noss Primary School and ELC Pupil Council.
Noss Primary School and ELC Pupil Council.

On the day, pupils sold Pudsey wrist bands, glitter tattoos, attempted to guess the number of sweets in a jar, guess Pudsey’s birthday and attended school/ ELC in spotty or yellow clothing, Pudsey-themed dress, yellow clothing or simply dressed down for the day. The kitchen team made Pudsey-themed iced biscuits with help from the pupil council and these were served at tuck on the day and pupils sold yellow hair garlands.

Primary 7 pupils and class teacher, Diane Mackenzie helped paint faces across the school. This was extremely popular and raised a few laughs when both head and depute headteacher, Fraser Thomson and Carole Begg, had their faces painted by the older pupils.

Primary 7 pupils paint the faces of younger pupils.
Primary 7 pupils paint the faces of younger pupils.

Miss Inrig commented: “The whole school community very generously contributed to this worthwhile cause and the pupil council along with senior pupils increased their understanding of supporting others in need while developing their organisational skills in putting the boxes together.

"We collected 62 boxes which will benefit those who are less fortunate across the world during the festive period. The pupil council and senior pupils were enthusiastic contributors to planning, organising and participating in this year’s Children in Need fundraising day.

Callum P7 collected items for the Blythswood Appeal.
Callum P7 collected items for the Blythswood Appeal.

"The iced biscuits, glitter tattoos, face painting, guess the sweeties in the jar and guessing Pudsey’s birthday were all hugely popular and helped to make the day a great success. We raised £1070 which was amazing. Without the support of our fantastic families we could not have achieved this.”

At the beginning of November, the school and ELC community rallied to support the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. The appeal was led by the school’s pupil council and asked for small, practical items such as toiletries, stationery, and clothing in a shoe box which are then distributed in schools, hospitals, orphanages and care homes, and to households and communities who require support. Many have gone to families affected by ongoing conflict in war-torn countries.

Ellie gathered over 200 shoeboxes for the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal.
Ellie gathered over 200 shoeboxes for the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal.

Primary 6 pupil and Gunn vice-captain Ellie Watt personally made up 200 boxes for families and children. Her family sent 247 packages in total. Ellie, travelled to Blythswood on Friday, November 10 and arranged the boxes accordingly so they could be packed and ready to ship to Romania. She then helped go through and fill other boxes in the warehouse.

Ellie said: “I’ve been doing this for a few years with my mum and her friend. I really like helping other people.”

Ellie helped organise and send her boxes to other countries.
Ellie helped organise and send her boxes to other countries.
Ellie organised all the items for the Blythswood shoebox appeal
Ellie organised all the items for the Blythswood shoebox appeal

Headteacher Mr Thomson commented: “The generosity and caring nature of our school and ELC community will go a long way to help and support others in need at a difficult time of year. Our pupil council has played a key role in supporting two very important causes thanks to a little help from our amazing staff team at Noss."

On Ellie’s Blythswood effort, Mr Thomson added: “Ellie has continued to dedicate her spare time and effort to helping others. She is a role model in our community and as a vice-captain in our school and ELC, she sets a wonderful example for other pupils to follow."


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