Hello Barra

02 Sep

I’m heading to the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides next week to deliver waste and energy workshops on behalf of Changeworks.

On Monday I’ll be training all 30 pupils in Eoligarry Primary School to be Zero Waste Heroes. We’ll learn about the Journey of Waste and what we can do to reduce. reuse and recycle in an assembly and we’ll be singing compost songs and making compost in bottles in the afternoon.

On Tuesday I’ll be delivering a similiar programme for Craigston Primary School but with the addition of an assembly with the Secondary School and a Waste Audit with P4-P7. That’s seperating and weighing all the waste produced by the 70 pupils (and teachers) in the primary school in one day. They’re being assessed for their Eco Schools Green Flag that day too, very exciting!

On Wednesday I’m at Castlebay Secondary School running ‘Energy Awareness and Citizenship’ workshops with S5 and S6, ‘How to Promote your Project’ workshops with S3 and S4. I’ll also be running a maths lesson with P4 – P7 (using Tuesday’s Waste Audit results) and I’ll be taking Coco the Bear to meet the Castle Bay Pre School Children for story time, phew!

On Thursday I return home to Edinburgh.

Barra Airport is the beach! Here’s a video, yes this will be me on Monday morning, touching down in the ‘twin otter’, yikes! What if there’s a big jellyfish on the runway? Or a Seagull drops a sharp crabs claw and it pops the plane’s tyres?


Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Education, Environment, Events, Film


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6 responses to “Hello Barra

  1. Alison

    September 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve flown in and out of this airport – it’s really cool. You get off the plane and collect your luggage from a ‘shelf’ and out of there in 2 mins!

    I loved Barra, beautiful place.

    • auntyemily

      September 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Ohhh, exciting, thanks Alison (:

  2. Jean Langhorne

    September 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Emily!
    Peter and I went to Barra last summer for 3 days. We flew there and back and just loved the low level flying in the mini aircraft and landing on the beach. It was the most exciting and enjoyable flight EVER! We hired bikes and cycled round the island, which is the best way to travel, since the roads are narrow and cars have to go slow and start and stop all the time at passing places. Go to as many beaches as you can and swim in the sea at least once.
    I hope you have a great time. Wish I was going with you.
    Love from Jean x

    • auntyemily

      September 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Jean,
      This is reassuring, sounds like the flight will be fun.
      Great tips too, hope to get a bike and I’ll pack my swim wear!
      May start a quest to swim in the sea off every Island in Scotland, I’ve done Colonsay, Tanera Mor and Mull so far. I’ve paddled at Shetland (but that doesn’t count)… Forget Munro bagging, we have the sea! (;


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