Congratulations Burray Primary

Everyone at Hope Community School would like to say congratulations to the staff and pupils over at Burray Primary school on their recent HMIE inspection report. A well deserved, glowing report! Well done to you all!! For anyone that hasn’t read the report yet it can be found here.

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. greenspace scotland are working with Groundwork to support Scottish communities.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The public will now vote in store from 26 September to 9 October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

Hope School applied for a grant from Tesco Bags for Life scheme. The grant is for funding for the development of the school grounds. We have been shortlisted for a grant of either, £8000, £10,000 or £12,000, woop woop!! The more people vote for our project in our local Tesco Store the more chance we have of receiving the £12,000 grant.

We are hoping to improve accessibility to the wooded area, revamp our Trim Track and develop gardening opportunities in the school grounds. We are also hoping to improve the facilities to enable more outdoor learning and make the area a more family friendly space.

Please please please take the opportunity to vote in store to enable our school to have a chance at the full amount. You can vote in store from 26th September – 9th October.

Feel free to share this with as many people as possible and get everyone voting for the

Hope Community School Grounds Development Project.

Space seeds arrive

Primary 4/5 were delighted when their space seeds arrived.  They have waited a while for their arrival and both them and Ms Towsey have been keeping a close eye on the mail!

space seeds

One packet of seeds has spent 3 months in space with Tim Peake.  The thing is no one knows if it’s the red packet or the blue packet that’s been there with him.  Both packets of seeds have had to be planted and the P4/5 class are to keep a close eye on them to see if there is any difference between the growth of the seeds.

seeds crew

The first crew (Commander Tim Kopra’s crew) have successfully planted all the seeds and are looking after them for the first week.  They have received some very detailed instructions from the ESA which they have followed to the letter.  

seeds day 1

The Primary 4/5 class now have the very important job of looking after the seeds, as instructed, for the next 6 weeks so they can find out if sending seeds into space has any effect on their growth!

I asked Commander Kopra’s crew what they thought yesterday, one thought the seeds were going to grow and then blast into space; another thought there would be some interesting effects as they had been exposed to some interesting chemicals; one of them thought they would either be bigger or smaller than the ones that stayed on Earth and the final member of the crew thought there would be no difference!  What do you think is going to happen?

For any more information about the space seeds, or to find out how the experiment is going speak to a P4/5 and I’m sure they will be able to answer any questions you have.

Battle of Jutland Commemorations

Hope community schools commemoration plans have started coming together this term.  Our big project is starting to take shape. Have a look at the picture below for a sneaky peak at the beginnings of our creation. Thanks must go to our janitor Donald for what he has done so far!


Little Tern Protectors!

Hope Community school’s pupils are being named as local “Little Tern Protectors!”  We are very lucky to live near where this rare bird nests, at the 4th barrier beach.  On Monday 18th April we had a visit from the RSPB who told us all about them.  The younger pupils then helped to make some chick protectors and the older pupils have designed some posters to be displayed at the beach.  Please look out for the posters in the next few weeks.  There should also be a press release to keep your eyes peeled for!


Some little tern chick shelters.