What we did:
During lockdown we focused on activities to build community between the schools and reinforce that we were together despite being apart. Events included a remote author visit, Bake Off competition, talent competition, taking part in the World's Largest Art Lesson and shared sports week.
One of the lasting activities, however, was the creation of a joint school quilt. Everyone was invited to decorate fabric, showing something that made them happy. There are just fourteen pupils across the schools and the individual pieces were transformed by a local lady into a Little Loch Broom Schools Quilt. Creativity is one of our school values and this is so wonderfully creative, showing how such different ideas can come together to produce something very special.
Who we involved:
This involved our children and staff, parental and community support. Some of the contributions are from the youngest nursery children. The quilt was assembled by a local who is part of the school community through the inter-generational games sessions under normal circumstances.
The difference it made:
The quilt is a lasting reminder of lockdown and the things that made us happy during that time. There is a sense of accomplishment in what we have created: personal achievement alongside collaboration. It will be displayed on rotation in each school and used for community events.
What we will do differently in the future:
Since our return some of the children have shown an increased interest in sewing, creating their own Mindfulness Monsters and cross stitches in class. One of them is currently making their own quilt at home showing all of the local pets. Long term we hope the events signpost increased collaboration between the schools, even when we can't get together.