Happy Friday folks,
Everyone has been very busy and made the most of the dry weather. It was lovely to see some of our children in red today for Comic Relief.
Thank you for your continued help in supporting the school to stay safe in the ongoing pandemic. We appreciate your diligence in testing and forwarding results as well as observing good hygiene practices. I am aware that the guidance may change soon and update you of any changes to Highland’s position statement in due course.
Central Two Centuries
The children really enjoyed dance with Ms Marshall.
P4-7 were given a presentation by Lorna Steele-McGinn HLH Archive Centre. Franz and Lilia have summarised the visit below
On Tuesday, we were visited by Ms Steele-McGinn from the Highland Archive centre. She came to teach us about the Highlands and slavery. We learnt that Britain and other countries were exploring the world and claiming different countries as their own. They set up plantations to grow sugar, coffee and cotton to raise money for people back home. It was very hard work at these plantations and white Europeans forced African people to leave their home and do the work for them as slaves. Hundreds of young men made the dangerous journey from the Highlands to make quick easy money. Slaves were treated like animals. They were hired out and sold for money. Slave owners often gave them new names.
People from the Highlands built themselves big houses and estates from plantation money. Buildings like Dochfour house and the Royal Northern infirmary were built with plantation money. It only ended when more and more people realised it was wrong. In 1807 it became illegal to buy and sell slaves. In 1833 it became illegal to own slaves. The slave owners were given money by the British Government to make up for the loss of slaves…The slaves weren’t given anything.
We are delighted this year that P7 are going to have three day trips to Craggan Outdoor Centre. As this is quite costly P7 are now working on fundraising to help reduce the overall costs.
Message from P7:
We would like to thank everyone who supported and bought a cup (or two!) of lemonade from our stall this week. We have raised £75, thank you. J
Mr Monteith Acting Principal Teacher finishes with us at Central at the end of this term to take up an exciting position with Squash Scotland. He will be working on developing the sport of squash nationally. We wish him all the very best for his future and sincerely thank him for his fantastic contribution to our school community since 2017.
Mr Taylor our Road Crossing Patroller retires at the end of this term. He has been in post for a number of years and has enjoyed good relationships with our children and families. We wish him the best as he puts down the lollipop stick to enjoy more leisure time.
Mr Stirratt has started work with us as a PSA until the summer holidays. He is a keen sportsperson and we look forward to using his expertise across the school.
Mrs Mackintosh has been appointed as a cook and will start very shortly. She has been coming into school for enhanced cleaning role for the last two years.
Home School Partnership Learning
As the weather is improving and we are able to spend a bit more time in the fresh air, we hope you will manage to find some inspiration for outdoor play from the Play Well Outdoors Pack.
Have a lovely, restful weekend.