New starts settling into school life

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton

A healthy intake of 32 pupils started their schooling on Arran this session with each one of the island’s six primary schools enrolling at least one new pupil.

The figure is a small way off from last year’s bumper intake of 40 but is an increase on the year previous to that when 30 pupils started their schooling in 2017.

The largest intakes was once again at Lamlash Primary which, along with Whiting Bay, each welcomed nine new pupils. Brodick Primary recorded one less pupil than the previous year with seven new pupils joining the school.

Shiskine Primary had four new pupils joining new teacher Mrs Jenni Nelson while Corrie, Kilmory and Pirnmill primaries each have one new pupil.

While it is believed that there were some initial tears, from parents and pupils, on the first day of school, teachers say that all are settling in well and enjoying the activities on offer and making new friends.

Early Years classes on Arran also had some fresh faces with the largest intakes being eight new nursery pupils in Lamlash and three in Brodick.

Note: Owing to the GDPR policy adopted by Arran schools, no pupils’ names have been included in the captions.


Brodick Early Years class welcomed three youngsters starting nursery.  01_B37schools01

Brodick Primary School had the third biggest intake with seven new pupils. 01_B37schools02

Mrs Lindsay Todd of Corrie Primary with her new charge. 01_B37schools03

Mrs Alison Henderson of Lamlash Primary with her nine new pupils. 01_B37schools04

Arran depute head Quinton Black and teacher Sheila MacAlister with their new intake of P1 pupils. 01_B37schools05

Karen Barbour of Kilmory with her single charge. 01_B37schools06

Mrs Jenni Nelson with her four new pupils at Shiskine Primary. 01_B37schools07

Ms Marie Gray with her single new pupil at Pirnmill Primary. 01_B37schools08