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Highland primary school's online assemblies were great fun, says parent council after pupils stayed in touch during Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown


By Ali Morrison

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Head Teacher Karen Ross and unicorn Shimmer.
Head Teacher Karen Ross and unicorn Shimmer.

A PRIMARY school continued to come together throughout the coronavirus lockdown with a weekly online assembly.

Balloch Primary School’s virtual assembly, which was shared on a private social media channel, became a must-do event for many families who sat and watched together.

It featured songs from Scottish charity Fischy Music, which produces music with and for children, with the costs being met by the school’s parent council.

Each week, the children were asked to learn a new song and were also introduced to the accompanying British Sign Language for the lyrics. In addition, local band Gordon James and The Power gave permission for the school to use its song, Pick Yourself Up, while uplifting photographs of pupils sent in by their families were displayed.

Mr James even joined the virtual assembly for one week.

Morven Reid, chairwoman of the parent council, said the weekly event was an important gathering point.

“Our assemblies are fun,” she said. “The photographs help us all feel emotionally connected and together even though we are physically apart.”

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