Excerpts from issue 44/06 7 January 2017

islay high school christmas advert

A still from Islay High School's Christmas advert on Vimeo. Click to view the entire movie

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Moving pictures

Islay High School pupils Lewis Davey, Ryan Johnston, Isobel Ferguson, Abbie Brown and Morven Brown have entered a short Gaelic Film into the annual FilmG competition.
They will be up for awards in the youth category as well as the 'People's Choice' category for which the puplic can vote online. The five minute film, 'Air Splaoid', meaning 'On a spree', follows the five friends as they encounter a common Islay problem when the ferry is cancelled and they have to try and make alternative plans to get to the FilmG awards in Glasgow.
In a Facebook post asking the Islay community to get behind them and vote for their film, Lewis said, "We battled the cold weather and spent months on preparation so we [people] like it. Voting is now open and we would love for our Gaelic film to be shortlisted for the 'People's Choice Award'."
Islay High School has another entry in this year, which was filmed using mobile 'phones and trail cameras during the John Muir award in Gaelic at RSPB Gruinart last spring and summer. 'Dobhran' ('Otter') features research into otter and other wildlife behaviour, as well as practical bushcraft skills.
The pupils will be hoping to bring success to Islay at the FilmG awards once again. In 2012, the High School's entry was shortlisted for Best Production and Best Film, and in 2011 the Islay pupils came out top in both the Best Production and People's Choice categories.
You can cast your vote here.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held in The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on 17 February 2017.
Gun dèid leat!

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Wrist action
harry wells

The last issue of the Ileach reported that 10-year-old Harry Wells, from Bowmore Primary School, had taken the initiative to raise money for the annual Blythswood Shoebox Appeal by buying wristbands and selling them at £1 each. At the time the last Ileach went to print, Harry had not received the wristbands he had ordered, but he'd hoped to get a start on selling at some of the Christmas fayres.
The wristbands arrived on 12 December and Harry started selling them to friends, family and teachers. His head teacher, Mrs MacDonald, arranged for the janitor, Miss Campbell, to take Harry out in the school minibus to sell his wristbands at all the primary schools and Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore distilleries. By Christmas Eve he only had 15 bands left, had raised around £400 and had placed an order for a further 500 bands.
The motivation for Harry's entrepreneurial venture stemmed from the 2016 Shoebox Appeal. He said, "I watched a film of people getting their shoeboxes and saw how much it meant to them to get a present. They were so happy getting things like a toothbrush, hat and one little toy. I thought it was really important to do something so that as many people as possible would get a shoebox, as that is all they get."
When Harry realised how expensive it was to fill a box he realised why there were not many donated from his school, so he set about thinking about what could be done encourage more donations. He thought that wristbands, bearing the Islay crest and the inscriptions 'I love Islay' 'Ile mo Chridhe' would appeal to both locals and tourists so would hopefully help him reach his goal of increasing the number of shoeboxes being sent to Eastern Europe from Islay for the 2017 appeal.
Harry used his own money to buy the bands and knew there was a risk that he might lose out if no-one wanted to buy any, but that did not deter him. Judging by the success of his sales so far, his risk paid off. Not only that, as a member of 1st Islay Scouts, Harry has earned himself the Fundraising Badge for his efforts.
When the new batch of bands arrive, people will be able to purchase them from Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Bowmore distilleries, Islay Holistic Therapy or directly from Harry or his Mum, Leanne.
They hope to target the tourists at the Fèis in May and hand the takings over to the school around October. Parents will be asked to donate what items they can afford, and the money raised from the wristbands will be used to buy the rest of the items from local businesses to make up the boxes.
Harry has shown, not only an entrepreneurial spirit, but also a kindness and compassion for others that make his family extremely proud and will hopefully inspire his peers as well.

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Currie asks For RET for Jura

With discussions now in flow regarding setting an Argyll and Bute Council budget for next year, local Councillor, Robin Currie, has asked that a Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) system or a local discount scheme be introduced on the Islay/Jura ferry.
Cllr. Currie said, "As far as I'm aware, Jura and Luing are the only islands on the west coast that don't have RET on the vehicle carrying ferries and this has to be addressed. A number of years ago I was able to have a discount scheme introduced for Jura but sadly that is no longer in operation. To be able to offer a discount to locals would make a huge difference to people on the island and for regular travellers to and from the island."
Cllr. Currie continued by saying, "RET to the other islands has seen substantial increases in the amount of traffic so my way of thinking is that my proposal to reduce fares will not cost the Council money but will actually increase income."
Decisions on the Council's budget will be made on 23 February when fees and charges, including ferry fares, will be discussed.

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