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  1. The Police could ask the Teachers in the schools to check the handwriting of the students, and start to narrow the search.
  2. Prof Latham as a teacher. What was his specialist subject as a teacher?
  3. Names have been changed to protect identity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43OFjvTiNDg
  4. The children of Skerries have spoken without parents or council workers around to the BBC Shetland reporter (Mike) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/10509305/Tiny-island-community-fights-to-save-Britains-smallest-secondary-school.html They also voted to keep the school open when the SIC closed all the other schools because of the weather forecast. They obviously value their school and love it.
  5. Closing Skerries School that is delivering an excellent education, and saving no money. This could only happen in Shetland??
  6. Looks like all the Skerries houses are about to drop in value. What a way to treat a hard working community? £5.5 million to the Shetland economy. Biggest laugh is the SIC will save the Tax payer NOTHING by closing the Skerries Secondary as the teacher educates both Primary and Secondary. Saving what saving?
  7. Today is the right day for closing schools!!
  8. We are all in the Lerwick catchment area these days LOL Correction on previous postings My ex neighbour purchased his croft for £220,000 and sold it for £54100. Lost £166,000 approx.
  9. Many of the Rural community in Shetland are not only remote, but fragile and vulnerable,many know how expensive living in the remoter Islands, never mind children being educated in the same age group.( this does not improve their education) One of the many biggest damage to a childs education is poverty. If the SIC cause poverty to the fragile community of the children,and especially the childs parents, grand parents etc this will be one of the biggest negative effects on the childrens education. A background of poverty effects a childs education more than being in the same age group. I believe closing a School like Skerries, Unst,Yell,or Whalsey, would effect the economics of these beautiful Islands as per the various socio economic reports indicate. I give you these research links that back these poverty findings http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/features-casestudies/features/15263/The_gap_years_education_and_social_immobility.aspx End of the day we do not want these Islands ending up like St Kilda, or Papa Stour?
  10. I see the Skerries closure meeting is delayed because the first survey was not 100% accurate. Why should the Skerries folk have todo yet another survey that may be tampered. Send your views to Helen Budge or her email, yes that is a real incentive to share your views. The first lot of figures being published looked false. 101%? Skerries should be able to share their views knowing they will be heard and counted. This is about their school, community and all the long term causes and effect. Bottom line is they have genuine concerns that their views are not heard or counted. Can Skerries community trust sending their views to Helen Budge?
  11. Right now, the timing is wrong to commit to a new School. I appreciate the offer from the Scottish Gov of some funding, but it is still tax payers money, and right now Shetland can not afford or justify this new school. Yes it is good to reduce costs of running various SIC depts, but cutting the rural schools to the bone on a reason of finances, and then committing to another £40,000,0000 project. I am sure if you did ask most tax paying adults in Lerwick and children at Anderson High School they would suggest Status Quo should be the best and fairest outcome. Just wait until the finances are in order then you can really deliver a sustainable education for life.
  12. Disruptive works on the existing site is still better than over stretching the SIC to the cost of a new school. At the same time the SIC Education dept is wanting the budget cut by 3.286 million pounds over a medium term period. How can you ask for cuts to the Rural Education areas, and then justify a new school in Lerwick? Are the Anderson High School children under achieving in the current working environment? Is this old building doing the job?
  13. Shetland does not need another Anderson High School, what a waste of tax payers money. Shetland can not afford another school You can not justify this cost. Get real Shetland.
  14. Apologies for any offence caused The cuts are unrealistic and will fail to deliver the childrens education if allowed to go ahead. Many believe, SIC could end up with one of the biggest legal costs when the local community, parents, grand parents, children, employers fight back. Plus the community can get grants for legal costs to fight against School closures.
  15. Do you like this song trowi?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK9XWyINMoA Does the song reflect how you feel about this person of 9 years? Or do you have another song in mind?
  16. Must have been the swinging sweet 60s, when young adults wanted to be FREE
  17. Just made the mistake of going to Skerries from Lerwick by ferry today,( 2 Hour trip).Vomited up my Fort Fish and Chips meal because of the rough crossing. As my legs had gone numb, I was being thrown around the toilet area, I accidentally pressed the Alarm button, but nobody from the ferry crew came to see if I was ok. What a mess, my clothes saturated in a sick mess. God help the children who have to do long journeys like that each week.( Bring some spare clothes)( Have a good meal before every journey, nothing worse than being sick on an empty stomach). Perhaps the school will provide a good meal before you go on your journey home?
  18. While it is a good thing to investigate cost cutting in ALL areas of the community. Whoever is in charge of the cost cutting has to be honest and look at the bigger picture, and make a informed decision based on the facts and the long term effect, not just the mantra of " Everything must be closed or cut". As for Papa Stour sharing the cuts, I am not sure it has much left to share, we do not have Swimming Pools, Leisure Centres, Cinemas, Museums, Community Halls, School, Post Office,Community Skips, or any subsidised Wind Turbine. or Sports Team needing annual grants. Papa Stour has been left behind in terms of having the begging bowl out. What Island is next to be cut and cast off?
  19. Mothballed, and Closed. Possible buyers with family often just see the situation as one and the same. Plus the next statement generally goes. How long does it take to get the School back open? I do not have the answers for that one....
  20. Hi Colin 2nd Reason was they did not want to send their own children away to the mainland school. [MOD EDIT - content removed]
  21. I have just found out why possible buyers are not purchasing on Papa Stour Island. Top answer is the school is closed. Despite assuring buyers it is only mothballed, they do not see it as opening again.
  22. Having now spoken to a few possible buyers for Papa Stour property, the main reason they inform me for not purchasing is the school is closed, and the ability to get on and off the Island is very limiting. More ferry trips is needed. Do any other remote Islands have the same problem?
  23. Help me understand? Anderson High School land has been gifted with conditions? Anderson High School land is dedicated to the use of education? What plans are in place for the old AHS land?
  24. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42355 What next?
  25. THE EU MADHOUSE A series of three videos by ASHLEY MOTE JUST RELEASED on You Tube Part 1 – Power Not Progress Part 2 - Diluting National Identity Part 3 - Better Off Out
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