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Classroom with a view; Beautiful island goes on social media to find its new teacher.


AN ISLAND community has launched a campaign to find its new teacher, with the promise of a PS51,249 salary, a four bedroom house and breathtaking views.

Kilchattan Primary School on Colonsay needs a new head teacher to replace Gillian McKenzie, who is leaving after seven years. The school's parent council want to find the right applicant to settle in to life on the Inner Hebridean island, population 130.

The house, with loch and hill views, is a five-minute walk to the school, which has six pupils, and a pre-school child.

Launching the Dream Job, Dream School, Dream Island appeal on Facebook and Instagram, parent council chairwoman Grace Johnston listed the many perks of the job.

She said: "We have got beautiful beaches, unspoilt scenery, low class numbers and a lot less stress here than with a mainland teaching job."

The parent council is looking for someone willing to commit for several years, who is aware of the challenges of living in a small and remote community.

Grace said: "We have one shop, one hotel and a cafe and we have good transport links with a regular ferry service and a twice weekly air service to Oban."

Helping the head teacher are a part-time teacher, a preschool teacher, a secretary and two catering staff.

The post is being advertised by Argyll and Bute Council. ?To find out more, search for "7 children seek head teacher for remote Scottish Island" on Facebook or visit @dreamjobdreamschooldreamisland on Instagram.


SHORE POINT Leave your commute behind

ROLL CALL The school's pupils all join the campaign

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 31, 2019
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