I would like to extend my thanks to the committee set up to review the closures of the schools in Shetland.
Now, unfortunately for them my first sentence was not as sincere as it looked. Actually it was almost in the same fashion as they took to their task. All nice and sincere to hear, but doesn’t hold up to what it sounds like.
This past summer, my son had to leave the school in Voe along with another seven pupils. Now I know this number will look to most as too low to keep the school open and after all the consultations and number crunching, this is the same view taken by the SIC.
One of the arguments I heard was that it would benefit the pupils from small schools to be in larger classes where they would be able to interact better with their peers and to have better relationships with friends.
Well this all looks great on paper but there has to be a downside surely? I mean after all, no committee member asked the children themselves what they thought of the brainwave to kill communities by taking away schools and such.
I am sure my son would have been very vocal if he had been asked whether or not the school he loved going to was to be closed and for him to be moved elsewhere? No, the almighty pounds did the talking here and the people that really mattered, the children, were just an added inconvenience.Well, thank you SIC schools committee.
My son now goes to school in a bigger class and a bigger school as you desired and is finding it difficult, has low confidence issues as he has come from a place he was used to for five years and is finding it difficult to adapt.
I just wish that all the good work made by the Northmavine schools couldn’t have been replicated here in Voe and the school, which had adapted to cater for my whole family’s circumstances, had not been lost by the guerrilla tactics and threats by the “S£C”.