Andy’s Blog 4th July

This past week has been something of an emotional week for different reasons. On Wednesday I was invited to the end of term assembly at Ben Wyvis Primary and thoroughly enjoyed it – as I always do on these occasions. It is so good to hear of all the successes that the pupils and school as a whole have achieved throughout the year and to see how much pupils and staff alike have relished all they have done. Of course it is always especially emotional for those P7 pupils who will be moving on to Dingwall Academy after the holidays. Here we see a mixture of sadness at leaving the school they have been part of for the past seven years but also excitement and anticipation at the prospect of moving to a new school. Listening to some of the pupils recall their primary school memories was particularly moving and I’m sure a few tears were shed. It was also the final assembly for the Head Teacher, Mrs. McDaid, who will also be moving on to a new school after the holidays so all in all a quite emotional day.
Then on Thursday I was privileged to lead a short Act of Remembrance to mark the opening of the new Commemorative Garden in the grounds of the school. The Lord Lieutenant, members of the British Legion and the Seaforths were in attendance, as were many from the school and the local community. The inspiration behind the garden was Tony Innes and with help and support from many in the school and community it became a reality. Established to remember 7 former pupils of Conon Primary School who lost their lives in the First World War, it is a wonderful tribute to their sacrifice – and this certainly seemed to be the view of all who attended on Thursday. Afterwards we had tea in the community wing of the school and had the chance to talk with many who were there.