Published: Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:30
Preparations are almost complete for the weekend’s spectacle on Lews Castle Green, as tents, lights and seating are put in place for the Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo Hebrides 2014. Members of the six times World Champion pipe band, the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, arrive this afternoon into Stornoway from Canada. They’ll be one of ten pipe bands performing tomorrow evening at the Castle Green, and they’re also booked for the Carnival Parade on Saturday afternoon, the official opening of Stornoway Marina on Saturday lunchtime, and the grand homecoming concert in Lewis Sports Centre on Saturday evening.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 7th August 2014
Published: Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:30
Exam results better than ever
Western Isles students did better than the national average in the new National Qualifications, taken for the first time this year. Results confirmed yesterday showed that results across the islands, including in the new qualifications, were above the national average. 83% of S4 pupils in the Western Isles achieved a pass in National 5 results, compared with a national pass rate of 81%. 80% of those presented at Higher level in Eilean Siar achieved a pass, while the national figure was 77%. The results are up on last year, and in Advanced Highers 97% of island students achieved a pass, whereas the national pass rate was 81%. Overall in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, 1270 S4 students were presented at National 5 and 667 at National 4. At Higher level, entries have decreased from 973 in 2013 to 877 in 2014, but at Advanced Higher, entries have risen from 96 in 2013 to 109 in 2014. Cllr Catriona Stewart, Chair of Education and Children's Services, said: "We do feel that our S4 pupils from 2014 are better placed having followed a more appropriate curriculum than ever before.”
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 6th August 2014