3rd November 2000 at 00:00
A week in the life of Holy Family RC primary school, Aberdeen

The high point of the year for the top class at this school is the week they spend at a centre in the Highlands preparing for confirmation. The theme of the week at the St Michael centre is learning to share and helping each other, says headteacher Graeme McKnight. So there are plenty of adventure activities stressing co-operation and sports, hill walking and music. There are also visits to places such as the Osprey centre for birdwatching at Aviemore and Scalan, a former seminary. The St Michael centre is at Tomintoul, the highest village in Scotland, and is nearly three-quarters of a day's bus journey from the school. While the Primary 7 class of 20-plus is away, the rest of the 160 pupils at the school enjoy a yearly visit from the West Midlands Theatre Group.The school has a prize-winning volleyball team coached by Primary 6 teacher Suzanne Christie which this year came second in a competition that included teams from the first two years of secondary school. The gardening club has also come up roses, winning a prize in a national school competition for garden design.

Making a splash at the Moray leisure centre.

There goes one: on the look out at the Osprey centre.

Father Winston takes Friday mass with, left, Stephanie Edghill and Krista Kairns.

Phone home: Michael Pilkington keeps in touch from the St Michael centre.

Outside Pluscarden abbey on the Tomintoul trip.

Pupil power: new prefects Danielle Keith, left, and Debbie Hay.

Flock together: on the RSPB reserve at Insch marshes.

Snaps by teachers Ruth Paterson and Caroline McDonald

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