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Melvich School  

School project promotes DVD about the sea.
Melvich Primary School recently held a very successful open evening for children, parents and other interested members of the local community.

The evening was used as a platform to launch the DVD produced as part of their “What lives in our seas and who needs it anyway?” school biodiversity project.

The project proposed by the Sutherland Biodiversity Group was funded by the Highland Biodiversity Implementation Programme supported by SNH, LEADER+, The Highland Council and European funding.

The awareness raising project was undertaken by the school with help from Paul Castle, Highland Council’s Countryside Ranger with the Planning and Development Service. The aim of the project was to allow the children through study and fun activities to learn that the sea is a resource which we can use but must not abuse. Similar projects have been and are being undertaken in other schools on the West and East coasts of Sutherland.

The open evening began with a very enjoyable cooking demonstration by Dr Duckham from Bettyhill followed by a range of delicious refreshments of various sea foods in keeping with the theme of the project, prepared by Catriona Mackay, Cara Richardson and the PTA.

The evening culminated in the viewing of the short DVD film produced and edited by local video artist Gavin Lockhart. Gavin said:  “Practically all the filming was undertaken by the children themselves allowing a real child’s view of the whole project to be captured on film.” The finished DVD will include the edited short film and lots of extras including scenes from Wednesdays open evening.

Countryside Ranger Paul Castle said: “The open evening was a great success and the DVD the children and Gavin have produced is a wonderful permanent record of the hard work and also the great fun everyone had. I would personally like to thank everyone involved but most of all the staff and pupils of Melvich School both past and present for their help and enthusiasm during the whole project.”