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PICTURES: Bower pupils kitted out to face the elements after Norscot collaboration


By Alan Hendry

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Eleanor Hargreaves of Norscot with the Bower Primary School pupils after their outdoor suits were handed over.
Eleanor Hargreaves of Norscot with the Bower Primary School pupils after their outdoor suits were handed over.

Pupils at Bower Primary School are ready for whatever the elements can throw at them after receiving a set of outdoor suits from local firm Norscot.

Eleanor Hargreaves from Norscot and the school's clerical assistant Sara Davidson collaborated to ensure all the children were kitted out in the bright red outfits ahead of their "great outdoors" project starting next session.

Head teacher Fraser Thomson said: “Developing approaches to outdoor learning and resources will be a core development in the school in the years to come and the pupils will now be dressed to embrace the weather in Caithness.”

Mrs Davidson explained: “We consulted our school community around learning outdoors. Based on the responses that we collected, the school has started to plan and prioritise how we develop our space and plan opportunities to learn and play outside.

"The space we have within our school grounds provides exciting opportunities and we are starting fundraising for resources such as a Polycrub, multi-use games area [MUGA] and outdoor classroom to increase the range of learning experiences for our pupils.”

Nathan with his quaich for being top pupil.
Nathan with his quaich for being top pupil.

The presentation was followed by the end-of-term leavers' service at which pupils were recognised for their achievements across the year.

Reuben Paterson (P7) was crowned champion from sports day and Noah Gunn (P5) and Klavs Kreslins (P2) were runners-up in their respective age categories.

Nathan Pope (P7) received the McCarthy Quaich after being recognised by his peers across the school as top pupil.

James Sutherland received the Maths Marvel award for excellence in numeracy and mathematics, while his twin brother Owen was awarded Star Pupil in P4-7.

John Gunn (P3) was Star Pupil for P1-3.

John Gunn was named as Star Pupil in P1-3.
John Gunn was named as Star Pupil in P1-3.

The service marked not only the end of Anne Duffy’s time teaching at Bower Primary School but her final term before retiring.

Nigel Beaumont also said farewell at the service after supporting the school over a number of years.

Head teacher Fraser Thomson paid tribute to the contributions of the school community and the departing pupils.

He told them: “High school represents an opportunity to develop finer curricular interests, form new friendships and explore new opportunities. You will all be missed. Best of luck.

"Mrs Duffy has been a huge source of inspiration in her time at Bower Primary School. She is an irreplaceable member of staff and we wish her well in retirement.

"Mr Beaumont has been an asset to our school and we look forward to continuing working with him at Keiss Primary School next year.”

Noah, Reuben and Klavs at Bower's end-of-term event.
Noah, Reuben and Klavs at Bower's end-of-term event.
James Sutherland received the Maths Marvel award.
James Sutherland received the Maths Marvel award.
Owen Sutherland was Star Pupil for P4-7.
Owen Sutherland was Star Pupil for P4-7.
Bower Primary School pupils showing off their outdoor suits.
Bower Primary School pupils showing off their outdoor suits.

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