Santa’s Elves are chosen to ride on the sleigh at the Rotary Christmas Festival on 25th November 2017

Santa’s Elves are chosen to ride on the sleigh at the Rotary Christmas Festival on 25th November 2017

At the lunchtime meeting of the Rotary Club of Lochaber on Wednesday 15th November, Jodie Ferguson and Mairi Sandison from Ferguson Transport judged the Christmas Card Message competition which was set to decide who would ride on the sleigh with Santa along Fort William High Street heading towards the Nevis Centre for the Rotary Christmas Festival on Saturday 25th November.

Chosen as best out of 123 entries from the primary schools of Lochaber was Faolan Hunter, age 9, Lundavra Primary School and Kayla Duncan, age 8, Caol Primary School. We congratulate them both and hope that they enjoy this memorable experience. Their poems are below.

The Club hopes to promote a Christmas Card design competition in the run-up to Christmas 2018 and the messages will be used in the cards.

Ferguson Transport and Shipping pay all costs for the reindeer to come to Fort William for the festival.

Pictured are Jodie and Mairi along with Rotarians Margaret Boyd and Geoff Heathcote.

Here are the winning messages –

Faolan Hunter, age 9, Lundavra Primary School
It’s time to decorate your tree
it’s time to be full of glee
Christmas time is full of joy
for every girl and every boy
Watch Santa fly
and zoom through the sky
Look at the snow
and its amazing glow

Kayla Duncan, age 8, Caol Primary School
Wishing you lots of Christmas cheer
Santa’s coming with his reindeer
Snow is falling from the sky
Children making snow angels as they lie

Who is coming down the chimney tonight?
As quick as a flash Santa is out of sight
Listen to the angels sing
Isn’t it the loveliest thing

Lochaber High School and Rotarians deliver Christmas cheer- Dec 21st 2016

Lochaber High School and Rotarians deliver Christmas cheer- Dec 21st 2016

Miss Gow, deputy headteacher (centre), with Terry Lee and Geoff Heathcote from the Rotary Club of Lochaber. Standing are the sixth-years who delivered the parcels and kneeling are some of the first-years who wrapped them.

A COLLABORATIVE effort between Lochaber High School (LHS) and the Rotary Club of Lochaber saw 450 Christmas parcels being distributed to elderly people.
The school raised £650 with a ‘dress down day’ in October, while the Rotary donated £1,200 to the project, which was co-ordinated by LHS depute head teacher Elizabeth Gow.
First-year pupils wrapped the parcels and students from the sixth year delivered them, driven by an army of staff volunteers.
Each parcel contained a selection of edible goodies and a Christmas card designed by fifth-year pupil Stephanie McKenna.
LHS headteacher Jim Sutherland said: ‘The delivery of some good cheer to elderly people in our community is an important part of our end-of-term activities and I know from the thank you cards and letters we’ve already had that the parcels are very well received.
‘I would like to thank Miss Gow, the Rotary Club and all who have worked so hard to make this project such a success.’