Just a quick message to say I’m leaving my post on Friday 21st October due to family commitments. Its been a pleasure to have worked with everyone over the last 10 years and thanks for helping with all my mad ideas/projects etc! You may however see my name on a few grant funded projects next year ie CPD so please keep a look out. One of the best things I have done was start SAL after coming across something similar online in 2011. It would be fabulous if everyone could keep sharing all the wonderful activity in our schools so Please Keep Posting! Cheery Bye Fiona Blakey (cultural Co-ordinator)
“On Monday, 26th September, Tayvallich Primary School was full of bright colours and laughter. It was European Language Day and each child and staff-member was dressed from head-to-toe in the bright colours of a chosen European flag. We all said which country we represented and some even had found out the Capital city of their country! The classroom was decorated with the colourful flags of Europe; balloons with Spanish colour words; and information boards with a variety of different language posters.”
The staff of St. Joseph’s Primary and Family Learning Centre has been working with Kirkmichael Community Development Group over the last few months to get a new ‘Meet and Eat’ programme for the elderly in the local community developed at St. Joseph’s Family Learning Centre. Wednesday 12 October, 2016 saw the launch of this excellent new initiative with the helpers of the Community Development Group bringing in the required food and setting up beautifully presented tables for the elderly to come along and enjoy some sandwiches, baking and a blether.
The P4-7s from Carradale Primary School have recently attended a 4 week golf session run by Dr Abernethy and Mrs Margaret Campbell. They were split into two groups, the ones that hadn’t played golf before and the ones that head. They had great fun playing on the field, chipping and putting.
Wow! Primary 1-4 have been learning everything there is to know about TREES! We went a big walk into the forest to collect conkers recently. We also made collages in the playground with various other interesting things we found, for example pine cones and strange shaped twigs!
We made crowns decorated with different shaped leave and petals from wild flowers. Our teacher, Mrs Leyland, told us what trees the leaves had come from.
Last week pupils took part in a homework project with a difference! They were asked to bake something at home with their parent or carer and bring it into school to be judged by our very own Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (Mrs Speirs and Mr Moore!)
Pippa was our overall star baker, baking a chocolate cake complete with little pigs on top! Tiffany, Cameron, Lachlan, Kirsty and Jake all won ‘top baker’ their categories.
On Friday 30th September Strachur Primary held a MacMillan coffee morning. Primary 1-4 baked fruit loaf that week and Primary 5-7, fairy cakes. These were sold alongside many donations of cakes and home baking from staff and the wider school community. Primary 5-7 served all morning and were delighted with the final total of £348.10 for this very worthwhile cause.
Thank you to all the people who contributed.
Park Primary 1 and Early Learning and Childcare Centre share learning experiences in Early Level activities. This term the activities took the children to Dunollie woods where they chose to learn about trees. Each group made friends with a tree and got to know their new friend really well(its name, shape of leaves, type of seeds, parts of a tree, bark pattern).
The Hands-On Cove Park Holiday Art Club offers a blast of creativity every day!
Prints of Play! is for children aged 8-11 interested in art, experimenting with colour, shape, texture and pattern. During a course of four daily sessions, 09:30-11:30 from Monday 17 – Thursday 20 October 2016, children will experiment with ideas around the theme of ‘play’ to create a series of quick, inspirational paper collages that will be used to inform a stencil design to print one or more t-shirt designs that they can go on to wear.
Children at John Logie Baird Primary School have been working with Waitrose to develop Enterprise and business skills across the school. Following the pupils planning, measuring building and filling their own raised beds, Waitrose donated seeds to the school. Each class divided them up and planted them. Over the summer term, each class tended to their crop, and to their astonishment, after returning in August, a huge crop was ripe and ready to harvest.
On Monday 3rd October the pupils from Luing Primary visited the Atlantic Island Centre on Luing to see the farming exhibition. Jane MacLachlan and Col MacDougall showed the children round and explained some of the exhibits and photographs. Col, who had worked on the farm for 55 years, answered lots of questions about how farming has changed. All of the children found it very interesting and they especially enjoyed seeing relatives and neighbours in a lot of the old photographs.
North Bute Primary School had a roaring time when the Wild about Scotland Bus came to Port Bannatyne. The RZSS experts taught our pupils about the skull structure of our native wildlife. We all learnt about conservation that is happening here in Scotland and the children were able to have all of their scientific questions answered. Thanks to the bus we now have so much to investigate ourselves. The children have been inspired to be biologists. Our school quiz was amazing with everyone involved using their new knowledge to gain team points, and win the game. Well done Team Wolves, who won by a whisker!
Oban Primary Campus staff held a Big Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. A huge big thank you to Mrs Joanie Garvin, for organising our wonderful event and to everyone who donated and baked the delicious cakes and treats on offer in our staffroom. It provided a fantastic opportunity for all of the staff to get together and catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause! Thank you once again, it was a great success!
Primary 6 and 7 of Southend Primary School organised and held a Coffee Afternoon on Friday 30th September to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support where the terrific sum of £436.20 was raised. A huge thank you to Mrs Galbraith who helped organise this, and to all who gave so generously and came to support this very worthwhile cause. It is very much appreciated.
On Tuesday 4th October Steven Simpson from the Argyll and Bute Council Learning Technologies Team came into our school to show our P7 class how to use Minecraft Education Edition. The session was very interactive and the pupils had lots of fun learning this new skill. They were able to challenge each other in the same world which had been created by Steven.
On Sunday 25th September 2016 the pupils, parents and staff of Furnace Primary celebrated being awarded our 4th Eco-Schools Green Flag. Our celebration morning started early on Sunday with a garden taskforce made up of parents and pupils setting about clearing our wildlife garden and pond, cutting back bushes, making bottle sides for our plastic bottle greenhouse and generally tidying up our school grounds and gardens. We found some interesting marine life in our pond in the process. Our volunteers were rewarded for all their hard work with a picnic lunch and a fantastic “Green Flag” cake made by Mrs Baird.