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Thrumster Parent Council

29 March 2018

Thrumster Parent Council represents the views of the parents and carers of the children attending Thrumster Primary School. The Parent Council supports the school in its range of activities and provides liaison with the local authority. It also helps find funding on behalf of the school.

For the last two years the Primary 7 pupils have joined other Caithness rural schools on a residential activity trip to Dalguise Activity Centre in Perthshire. The purpose of the trip is to help with the transition from Primary to Secondary school helping them become more confident and more self-aware.

The Centre has a 'Plan, Do, and Review’ structure which helps the children understand the implications of what they learn and translate this back to their own circumstances.

During the week-long trip the children can participate in numerous activities such as Raft building, high rope courses, zip wires, quad biking and mountain biking. All the pupils are encouraged to face the challenges of the adventure courses, through which they build stronger relationships, and support and encourage each other.

Being away from home also helps pupils become more self-reliant and responsible for their personal organisation.

Thrumster Parent Council 2WebThe school received a grant of £700 from the Tannach and District Community Fund  to contribute to the costs of the activity week. The remainder coming from parental contributions and local fundraising. The children also planned and organised an Easter Egg Hunt which contributed to the cost of the trip.

The trip was a great success with the children enjoying the activities. It also provided them an opportunity to make new friends from other schools in preparation of moving up to High School after the summer break.

Chairperson Rhona Gill said: “These activity centres are expensive to attend and also there is a cost to parents to buy kit needed. The grant helped ease the burden and hopefully made it affordable to all. Hopefully skills learnt can be taken forward in the future. Important memories made and friendships made for the journey”

Quotes from the pupils

I enjoyed all of the activities, playing games and meeting new people”
 “This trip will help me in the High School because I have a whole load of new friends”
“The trip went well and I enjoyed it all”

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