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End of term events go virtual

By Rachael Glennie

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As the current lockdown guidance and restrictions remain in place, school in Aberdeenshire who were due to have upcoming end of term events have turned to the internet for celebrations.

Meldrum Academy are to hold their end of term awards ceremony online
Meldrum Academy are to hold their end of term awards ceremony online

Local schools including Meldrum Academy and Oyne Primary School are now hosting events online.

The Meldrum Academy Awards Ceremony which takes place at the end of every school year, would normally have been a big evening event with parents and guests invited to celebrate the achievements of all pupils throughout the past academic year.

Due to the ban on public gatherings following lock down Government Guidance this year, Meldrum Academy have decided to host a Virtual Award Ceremony online so success can still be celebrated.

They have also taken their end of year Performing Arts Showcase online replacing the usual evening held in the school which shows the vast range of talent within the pupils from music and drama classes.

This gives everyone an opportunity to see the performances from each year group that should have taken place before the school broke up for the summer.

Other schools in the area including Oyne Primary School who should have had their end of term assembly taking place, are taking their assemblies online and hosting a virtual end of term assembly.

Kintore Primary have put together a virtual yearbook which has been created as a video and features all the Primary 7 children throughout their time at Kintore School, along with special messages from staff that have supported them along the way.

A virtual escape room activity called 'I’m a P7 Get Me Out of Here' has also been created by the team to provide a fun problem-solving activity for the Primary 7's to complete via their remote learning which staff members from t the school have participated in to add to the drama and excitement.

As Primary 7's in Kintore usually get their sweatshirts signed by their peers on the last day of day of term, the P7 teachers have collected a digital signature from each pupil and scanned them so they can be ironed onto a T-shirt

On the last day of term, it is also a tradition at Kintore School for all the P7’s to participate in a water fight with their class teachers.

This year this has been replaced by a fantastic virtual water fight which will be available for the whole school to view.

Deputy Head Teacher at Kintore School, Lir Kennelly said: “A big thanks to the P7 team for going above and beyond to ensure our P7’s get the special send-off they deserve and a massive good luck to all our P7 children.”

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