Christmas Lunch At Hillhead
Mr Budge Visits A School In China
was recently very lucky to be part of a team of Scottisdh headteachers who
visited schools in the city of Tianjin in China. (October 24th -31st) It
is a huge city - some 10 million people. This was a trip organised by the
British Council and a group pf five headteachers went from throughout
Scotland. Wondered if these few pictures would be of any interest to the
web site. I'll send six picture in three lots. One of the purposes of the
trip was to make contact with a Chinese school and build up a link with
them through the exchange of work and ideas. Chinese education is now much
more inclined to actively engage the pupils. Many class activities
involved the pupils performing actions. With so many only children - group
work is also increasingly seen as desirable.
Pupils are encourage to take in personal information about themselves such
as photographs to decorate the classroom walls. English was taught to 7
and 8 year olds.
young girl is waiting to read out her telephone number in English Classes
were typically organised in rows of desks like this one. The red
neckerchiefs denotes that the child is a Young Pioneer - a member of the
junior Communist Party. This is a goal for all primary school children and
was thought to equip them to be good citizens.
14 June 05
ORANGES ARE THE
ONLY FRUIT AT HILLHEAD
Hillhead Primary School have returned to the traditional, oranges at full
time for football and netball players in the local inter school matches. A
traditional snack in the past they appear to have been overlookied in more
recent years. However their return has been welcomed by pupils. They have
gone down extremely well with the players from all teams. The pictures
show football players Stephen Crawford, Richard Budge, Daniel budge and
William Loughlin enjoying an after match orange. It looks like oranges are
here to stay.
1 June 05
School Trip To York
from Hillhead's Primary 7 enjoyed a week long visit to York in May.
The party of 22 pupils accompanied by Mr Henderson, Mr Budge and Mrs
Harper travelled to the ancient city by bus. Throughout the week they made
a variety of educational and fun visits to attractions in the area. These
included The York Minster Cathedral, the Jorvik Centre, the cinema, York
Dungeon, a York Ghost Walk, The Deep Aquarium in Hull and a day at the
Flamingo theme park. All concerned had a fantastic trip.
12 May 05
Hillhead School, Wick - Spring Fair
Collaborators Theatre Company
week Hillhead saw a visit by the Collaborators Theatre Company and their "Shadowland
Production". Their show consisted of two short plays; Icarus was told
entirely using very imaginative shadow techniques. The second show The
Snow Queen made more use of conventional puppets. as well as visiting
Hillhead, the company also visited Keiss and played at Lyth Arts centre.
Pupils at Hillhead had a great time making shadow puppets from throw away
items such as cereal boxes. The primary 5 class had an opportunity to
create the puppets for a version of Little Red Riding hood.
International Card Exchange
set up a new year card exchange with six other schools from all over the
world. Schools from Italy, Rumania, India, Brazil, Singapore, Norway and
of course Wick all exchanged cards with all the others. Displays of
the cards received were set up in the school for everyone to see.
Peruvian Entertainer Edwardo Sanchez
Wick schools enjoyed a visit by a Peruvian entertainer this week.
Eduardo Sanchez, who performs under his name "Eduardo" entertained
pupils at Wick Hillhead School and South School with a performance which
included mime, agility contortions, balloon model making and juggling.
The pictures show Eduardo and pupils at Hillhead.
Hillhead School, Wick Celebrates Chinese Style For Year Of The Rooster
Hillhead school has been studying China and when they tackle a subject
they go all out. Today their work reached food and Chinese meals
were on offer replacing the usual school dinners. Luckily the school
has had help from a local Chinese resident Mrs Lai who advised on the food
which the school chef and staff prepared and served. the atmosphere
was lively with Chinese music playing as part of a film played over the
recently acquired large flat screen computer monitor hung in the dining
area. Chop stick, straw hats and place mats with the children's
names in Chinese characters all helped. Mrs Lai had kindly spend
most of yesterday going round all the classes in the school to help the
children get their names written in Chinese for the place mats.
It all looked wonderfully tasty and superb aroma lent to the atmosphere.
More pictures coming shortly............
Hey kids - Want to see more Chinese New Year
The Rooster is the 10th animal in the 12 year
cycle of the Chinese calendar.
Burns Afternoon For Primary 4 & 5
Hillhead Newscasts On The Web Via
Home From Hillhead
School Reading Initiative
Hillhead Primary School recently obtained almost £700 of funding from the
Scottish Executive to purchase books for the nursery to support parents
reading to their child at home. This scheme entitled "Home from Hillhead"
will see parents receive a total of 9 books, one per week, over the next
nine weeks to read to their child. Ratings for each book will be taken and
a top-ten chart will be drawn up. It is also intended to publish a
newsletter every two to three weeks informing the nursery parents about
the books and attitudes to them so far.
Home From Hill Head March 2005 Newsletter
Nursery Groups Get Book Bags
26 January 05
HILLHEAD PUPILS SIGN UP FOR TSUNAMI SURVIVORS
at Hilhead Primary School, Wick have been signing up to help raise funds for
Tsunami survivors. A huge wall map of South Asia has been hung up in the
school hall. It has been drawn up in to more than 1000 squares and pupils
and staff pay 20p to write their name or something else in the square. As
well as their own names, nick names, the names of pets and football teams
have all been popular choices with the pupils. With a thousand squares,
there are plenty to go round. Anyone wishing to sponsor a few squares at 20p
per square can do so by contacting the school on 01955 603233.
School Fishing Heritage Project
14 July 04
End Of Term Awards 2004
2 July 04
Hillhead Football Team Winners Of Wick and County
years winners of the Wick Primary Schools Football Trophy (Presented by
Sir K.L. Harrmswoth. Bart. M.P.) was Hillhead Primary School. Currently
Hillhead Primary School, Pulteneytown Academy, Wick North School, Wick
South School and Lybster Primary School play for this trophy that was
first presented in 1922. On Friday June 25th Hillhead continued
their unbeaten run by defeating Pennyland Primary School to become County
In The Photo - Hillhead Primimary School's Town and
County championship team. Back row: Mark Aitken, Ciaran Duffy, Peter
Bacon Front row: Craig Manson, Gavin Sinclair, Martin Banks, Alan McGee,
Derek Rosie Coach for the team was Hymie Sutherland
28 June 04
Second Year Of King Prawn
Chess Competition In Wick
The second annual King Prawn Chess Tournament was held at Hillhead Primary
School Wick on Monday June 21st, 2004. Hillhead runs a chess
club for Primaries 4,5,6 and 7, while South School's chess club is for
Primary 6 and 7. Both school's chess clubs participate in the British Land
UK Chess Challenge that gives pupils the ability to earn points and prizes
and compare their result schools play against each other in an intense but
friendly competition. Both teams played very well with South School prevailing
the King Prawn trophy home for another year.
Saving the Flow Country With Picture Sales
Hillhead Primary School's
Primary 7 class and their teacher Mr Henderson are seen here presenting
James Plowman from RSPB Forsinard a 360' picture of Forsinard and a cheque
for £150.00 to help preserve the Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland.
Hillhead P7's created 360' pictures of areas around Caithness for the
Caithness Heritage Fair, which were donated to public locations around
Wick. Other pictures were produced and sold to the public throughout
December as part of their School's Enterprise Project.Primary 7 had
studied the Peatlands and decided to donate 25% of their profits or
£150.00 from their Enterprise Project to RSPB Forsinard to help preserve
this unique eco-system, which is home to rare plants and animals.
When matched by European Union funding the donation doubles to £300.00
which is enough money to clear conifers from an acre of once healthy
peatland, and buy 2520 square yards of intrusive conifer plantations.
Song Of Wick
26 May 03
King Prawn Chess Tournament
chess tournament was played against South School.
Author Visits Hillhead
Julia Donaldson the award
winning author of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom visited Hillhead
Primary School on Friday March 21st and Monday March 24th 2003. Julia
Donaldson was joined by her husband as they entertained the all the pupils
and teachers from Nursery to Primary 7 with songs and stories from her
books. The staff and pupils had the opportunity to participate in acting
our her stories which they enjoyed very much.
Faces Of A School
Exhibition Pictures Now In
St Fergus Gallery, Sinclair Terrace, Wick.
March 21st – April 11th 2003
Hillhead School Exhibition of Tiles
By Children working with Potter Jenny McKenzie Ross of Northshore
Pottery. An exhibition of pottery work carried out by pupils
at Hillhead Primary School with the potter Jenny Mackenzie Ross. A
self-portrait on a clay tile, completed by each of the pupils is a central
feature of the display.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1.30 – 6.00pm
Wednesday 10.00 – 12.30
Friday 1.30 –8.00pm Saturday 10.30 – 1.00pm
Art At Hillhead Gets That Professional Touch
Every pupil in the school is involved in making art for an exhibition to
be on show at the St Fergus gallery from 21 March to 19 April. Jenny
McKenzie Ross a potter from Northshore Pottery at Forse has been helping
all of the pupils in every class - about 200 children to make items
for the show. Everyone has made face on a tile painted it and had is
glazed and fired. In addition each class is involved in separate
projects and all the pupils have contributed many pieces of work now
showing on the classroom walls. for the art side they have made many
small pieces. On class has been studying the Vikings and has created
a small clay viking also painted and glazed to surround a large
centrepiece in the exhibition. Other classes have projects of their
own and all will come together for the exhibition. We will be adding
more pictures of the work when it reaches the exhibition.