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Crown Primary School in Inverness keeps busy during coronavirus lockdown with virtual Sunflower Café in aid of Highland Hospice

By Ian Duncan

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Youngsters from an Inverness primary school have been taking part in various activities online to keep busy while they are being home educated during the Covid-19 crisis.

Staff at Crown Primary School organised a virtual Sunflower Café and a talent show raising cash for Highland Hospice recently.

Headteacher Miriam MacDonald said the school worked closely with the hospice every year and it was a great chance to re-connect at this time.

She said: "Every year the children start planning for the annual talent show. We have auditions in each class and the pupils vote for the acts they want to represent their class.

"With things being so different this year, we have tried to keep as many of our traditions going as possible so the children do not feel they are missing out."

A competition to design a T-short for hospice mascot Bobby the Bee also attracted lots of entries.

"The pictures the children sent in to their classrooms really brightened everyone’s day and it was amazing to see the amount of creativity that had gone into it all," Ms MacDonald added.

"This term is usually a whirlwind of events and activity and we wanted to keep introducing events like this to help mark out the time as we move towards summer, otherwise every week could feel very much like the previous.

"It gave the children something new to focus on for a week and some news to share with families at a time when there is very little happening compared to when we are at school.

"The whole school community was able to enjoy the talent show video and the Sunflower Café pictures and feel part of it.

"We did something similar a few weeks ago where we had a wellbeing week during Mental Health Awareness Week where the focus was on being physically active during our virtual sports day among many other activities.

"I continue to be proud and humbled by the care, compassion and trust in our school community. Our staff have approached the most pressured situation we have ever known with determination and creativity."

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