Fortunately / Unfortunately

Back in September Rhona and I attended an excellent seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival run by staff from Tobermory High School. Tobermory is actually a 3-18 school and the staff had done a fantastic job in involving the whole school  in a variety of very simple, but extremely effective literacy activities.

Inspired by Tobermory’s approach, I returned to school and organised the stars activity for National Poetry Day (which Lesley-Ann has already discussed) with English, Science, RE, Support for Learning and the Creative Writing Club. That worked really well, and created a lot of comment on P7 Open Night.

Some of the stars from Religious Education and English for National Poetry Day.

What’s next?

Tell-a-Story Day is October 26th, organised by the Scottish Storytelling Centre. It would be simple enough to hold a storytelling session in the LRC, but ideally I wanted some way for everyone to get involved in the creation of the story, not just a selected few.And of course, this had to happen without disrupting all of the usual classes and events taking place in the library and around the school.

Fortunately, many hours and brain cells later, I hit upon the Great Fortunately / Unfortunately Game of 2012!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to organise it.

Fortunately, after some discussion with the Headteacher and some teaching colleagues, we had a working plan.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure how other staff would react.

Fortunately a preparatory e-mail to all staff gave them plenty of warning.

Unfortunately, we had no paper long enough in school.

Fortunately, a bit of digging around in cupboards at home produced rolls of unwanted wallpaper.

Unfortunately, by the morning of Tell-a-Story Day, I had had no time to arrange pupils ready to wander the school collecting stories.

Fortunately, one of the teachers offered volunteers from her class and an enthusiastic bunch of pupils went off to get permission to be out of class at various points during the day. And then away they went, clutching letters (to remind staff), coloured pens and a roll of wallpaper under their oxters.

Unfortunately, as with all the best ideas, there’s always something you’ve forgotten.

Fortunately, after the initial run, I was able to add ‘NO NAMES PLEASE!!!’ to the instructions in big friendly letters and sent off my volunteers with a fresh roll of wallpaper.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to visit every single class.

Fortunately, the volunteers did visit a large number of staff and pupils, including the office, the janitors and the headteacher (twice!)

Part of the Fortunately / Unfortunately Game for Tell a Story Day at Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, some staff reported that no-one had come to them at all  😦

Fortunately, they want it to happen again next year just to make sure they get a shot 😀

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3 thoughts on “Fortunately / Unfortunately

  1. Helen Burns

    Love this. What did you do with the resulting masterpiece?

    • Jennifer Macfadyen

      It’s being hung (hanged?) in The Zone, our pupil social area, so everyone can read it. It was really good fun and it was great to see so many of the staff involved. In fact, some pupils have told me that it was their teachers that wrote the lines themselves. So there are now lots of pupils desperate to take part next year 🙂

  2. Mrs Scott

    Great idea! I will definitely be stealing this in the future, Kirsten

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