" What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" Oliver Wendell Holmes



Our 3 School Wide Goals Are:

  1. To increase the amount of children attending an after school club from 197 to 300 by June 2019.
  2. To decrease the number of children arriving at school after 9.00am from 18% to 15% by June 2019.
  3. We will increase the level achieved in reading from P1-P7 from 78.4% to 84% by June 2019.






Here you will find out information about Fair Isle's journey towards becoming a Leader In Me Lighthouse School.

 Fair Isle Primary is the first primary school in Scotland to take on an exciting new programme called the “Leader in Me”, based on “Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. This is a personal leadership programme which helps the children learn personal and practical skills to enable them to make better life choices.

All Fair Isle staff have been trained in the 7 Habits and it is important that they have a clear understanding of them before they model and teach them to the children.

The children have now been introduced to all 7 Habits and we hope you will support them by asking how they are doing. The children are asked to “teach to learn” each habit and It would be really supportive to your child if they could teach each Habit to you. This will help them really understand each habit and gives you the chance to learn together. The children are taught through fun activities to really get them thinking.

 There is a 'Parent’s Place' available at www.The Leader In Me.org and a parent's booklet available below for download, you’ll find fun ideas to use at home to involve the family and reinforce their learning.

Below you will find each of the 7 Habits listed and a brief description of each.

Habit 1: Be Proactive“We’re in charge” 

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes and moods. I don’t blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.


Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind – “Have a plan”

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my schools vision and look for ways to be a good citizen.




Habit 3: Put First things first – “Work first, then play”

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I shouldn’t do. I set goals, make a plan and follow it. I am disciplined and organised.


Habit 4: Think Win-Win – “Anyone can win”

I balance working towards getting what I want with consideration for what others want. When there are disagreements I look for a solution where we can all be satisfied.



Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then be Understood:-“Listen before you talk”

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try and see things from their point of view. I listen without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking to them.


Habit 6: Synergise – “Together is better”

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different to me. I work well in groups. I ask for other people’s ideas on how to solve problems because I know working as a team gets better results than working alone.



Habit7: Sharpen the Saw – “Balance feels best”

I take care of my body by eating the right foods and getting the right amount of sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and in lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find ways to help others.



 About Fair Isle Primary School

The new Fair Isle Primary opened in November 2006.

The school caters for pupils from Primary 1 to 7 and has close links with Fair Isle Nursery which is situated adjacent to the school.

The new building is spacious with a lot of natural light and ventilation. There is a Sensory Room, Medical / First Aid rooms, a variety of soft / withdrawal rooms, a separate gym and dining hall and the capacity for 15 teaching classrooms.

The overall design allows for a very inclusive teaching and learning environment.

The building is at the heart of the local community in Templehall, Kirkcaldy, and is very well used, especially since the launch of our 'Opportunities for All' project funded by the Big Lottery. Our Community Lounge, Parents' Room and gym facilities are well used by a variety of groups during and beyond the school day. There is a daily breakfast club for pupils.

We have excellent facilities to allow for greater parent and carer involvement. Our resident Family Worker supports pupils and families.

Fair Isle Primary is Leader in Me, 7 habits school,  which help the pupils examine how their actions and behaviours affect others. We have Primary 7 Senior Leaders who complete a range of duties. 

There is an active Junior Lighthouse team who meet regularly. There is a Parent Council which meets regularly in school allowing parents and staff to work together.

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