Students perform a festive show with a nautical theme
The spirit of the festive season came to Portknockie Primary School in style when they held their Christmas show. The students performed a musical called The Festive Sea, which featured songs and dances inspired by the sea and the fishing heritage of the village.
The show was written and directed by the school’s music teacher, Mrs. Fiona Macdonald, who said she wanted to create something that reflected the local culture and history. She said: “I thought it would be nice to do something different and celebrate the sea, which is such a big part of our community. The children loved learning about the different fish and sea creatures, and they had a lot of fun dressing up and singing.”
The show was a hit with the audience, who enjoyed the catchy tunes and the colourful costumes. The parents and grandparents of the students praised the school for putting on such a creative and entertaining show. One of them, Mrs. Margaret Smith, said: “It was a wonderful show, very original and lively. The children did a great job and they looked so happy. It was a lovely way to end the term and get into the festive mood.”
School raises money for local charities with a raffle and a bake sale
The school also used the occasion to raise money for two local charities: The Fishermen’s Mission and The Moray Food Bank. The school organised a raffle and a bake sale, which were supported by generous donations from local businesses and individuals. The raffle prizes included vouchers, hampers, and a signed football shirt from Aberdeen FC. The bake sale featured a variety of homemade cakes, biscuits, and pies.
The school managed to raise a total of £1,200, which was split equally between the two charities. The headteacher, Mr. John Fraser, said he was very proud of the school’s efforts and thanked everyone who contributed. He said: “We are delighted to have raised such a fantastic amount for two very worthy causes. The Fishermen’s Mission and The Moray Food Bank do a lot of good work in our area and we are glad to support them. I would like to thank all the staff, pupils, parents, and sponsors who made this possible.”
School looks forward to a new year with new challenges and opportunities
The school closed for the holidays on December 22, after a busy and successful term. The school had achieved several accolades, including a Green Flag Award for its environmental projects and a Gold Sports Award for its sports activities. The school had also participated in various events and competitions, such as the Moray Music Festival, the Scottish Maths Challenge, and the Portknockie Gala.
The school is looking forward to a new year with new challenges and opportunities. The school has plans to develop its outdoor learning area, to enhance its digital skills, and to continue its links with other schools in Scotland and abroad. The school is also preparing for its inspection by Education Scotland, which is due to take place in February.
Mr. Fraser said he was confident that the school would continue to thrive and achieve its goals. He said: “We have a great team of staff and pupils, who work hard and have fun. We have a strong ethos of learning, respect, and community. We are always looking for ways to improve and to offer the best education possible. We are excited about the new year and we hope to make it another memorable one.”