The comic, “Na Gaisgich” was written by primary seven pupils from Islay, Jura, Mull and Tiree as part of a transition project for going into secondary school. The pupils were all learning Gaelic as a second language at school and were able to create the comic as a result of funding from the Scottish Government. The book is based on folklore and fables from the islands, and all ideas were collaborated to form the final product. Social Enterprise Company, Magic Torch Comics, travelled to each of the islands involved to deliver workshops to enable the children to adapt the stories, characters, illustrations and plots into comic strips. The comic is accessible to all as it is written in Gaelic and English. Click HERE to discover the comic.
Pupils at Tiree Primary school were delighted to have a visit from the Depute First Minister John Swinney on 20th August.
Mr Swinney MSP was given a very warm welcome by the Tiree High School Pipe Band and Tiree Primary Gaelic Choir.
Mr Swinney MSP kindly took part in a ‘Depute First Minister Question Time’ and answered lots of our questions!
Our guides did a wonderful job showing Mr Swinney MSP around our school and did so with pride!
Are you interested in developing your skills in delivering music in the classroom?
Creative Arts in Schools Team (CAST) launched Get Creative in 2018, a music resource aimed at all primary teachers, packed full of creative ideas, activities and learning outcomes to enable you to deliver musical activities with your class, regardless of your musical experience.Continue reading »
“After more than 20 years teaching in Dunoon Primary Learning Centre, Doreen MacDonald, will retire on Friday. Doreen has been invaluable in working with children with severe and complex needs and ensuring an inclusive environment for all within Dunoon Primary. Doreen’s support to colleagues and families has also been outstanding. She will be sorely missed by all and we wish her well for the future.”
Early Harvest for Waitrose Grow to Sell at Luss
Children at Luss have been enjoying eating the vegetables that they have grown from their Waitrose Grow to Sell box. They have grown lettuce, radishes, spring onions, pak choi, rhubarb , raspberries and herbs. They have been enjoying eating the salad with their lunch and have taken the extra lettuce home. They have also painted signs to show all the skills they use when working in the garden.
P4 and P5 enjoyed a fun day at Scotland Street Museum in Glasgow. P4 learned about the design of the famous building and how Charles Rennie Macintosh used shapes and colours to tell stories throughout the school. P5 were given an insight as what life was like for Scottish children in school during Victorian times.
Thank you to all our volunteer helpers.
Rockfield Primary Gaelic classes were delighted to receive an invitation from The Scottish Book Trust to showcase their hard work and endeavour at a celebration event for The First Minister’s Reading Challenge. The event was held at ‘The Hub’ in Edinburgh on the 20th June and Rachael Deans (Principal Teacher Gaelic), accompanied by Gaelic pupils Rufus Hughes (P5) and Bethan Neil (P4) had a great time sharing their work with the 400 strong audience as well as The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon herself.
Minard and Furnace Primary Schools had a fantastic shared Summer trip out with a Mini beast hunt at Bellanoch on the Crinan Canal. This was at the end of our Nature detectives and Minibeasts topic. Oly and Pete from the Heart of Argyll wildlife Project took the pupils and staff on an amazing quest for wildlife and flowers in the wild grass verges of the canal. It was amazing what we found from spiders to caterpillars and even some unidentified egg-like items. Oly and Pete have promised to let us know what they are.
P4 have been learning about healthy eating and the different food groups which should be included in a healthy diet. The designed their own healthy menus and then voted for a class menu which they could prepare in class.
On Thursday 22nd May, 9 teams from different Primary schools in the Helensburgh and Lomond area took part in the annual Christian Aid Netball tournament. The tournament took place in Lomond Sports Hall and was a most enjoyable evening with some great play and teamwork shown by all the pupils involved. In the preliminary rounds Hermitage Primary and Cardross Primary came out top, with Colgrain Primary and the All Stars coming runners-up. Continue reading »
The Primary 6/7 class at Sandbank were all lucky enough to receive training in first aid last week, as part of their Health Week activities. Heartstart trainer, Melville, visited our class and showed us how to deliver basic first aid, including CPR, and what to do if someone is choking. We all enjoyed trying out CPR using the Resusci Annie mannequins and practising to deliver abdominal thrusts using the choke vest.
The Hermitage Primary school football team travelled to Hermitage Academy to take part in the annual Christian Aid football tournament. The boys played very well on the night winning all of their group games, scoring 17 goals and conceding 0. In the semi-final they played Lomond and despite conceding their first goal of the tournament they won the game 7-1. In the final they faced Cardross who they had already beaten in the earlier group stages.
Kirn Primary School applied for Food for Thought Funding with DGS. Our intention was to embed in our school and local community an understanding of food education which permeates all areas of school life, curriculum and home.
The Cooperative in Campbeltown are very kindly donating fruit to each class at Castlehill Primary school over the next few weeks. This is part of the Pupil Council’s initiative to encourage all pupils to eat a healthy snack. Below is a photo of the Pupil Council receiving the fruit from staff from the Coop. Primary 1 and Primary 2 children were the first to receive their free fruit, with the other classes receiving fruit over the next few weeks.
The Pupil Council would like to thank the Co-op very much for their kind donation of fruit for the school.
Dunoon Grammar School have two teams shortlisted for the people’s choice award at this year’s Apps for Good UK finals.
The Apps for Good Awards are an annual competition to showcase some of the best apps created by student teams. Over 25,000 young people from 1250 establishments have participated this year – so it is a real honour to have two teams at this year’s awards.
This people’s choice award is a public vote. DGS is up against schools from geographically denser areas – so we are looking for as much help as possible with the vote.
Please could you take a wee minute to vote for one of the DGS ideas viewed at these direct links: (Both open in a new window)
The Eco Committee from Kirn Primary School, along with some pupils from P4-P7 visited the Sky Academy in Livingston. The pupils were there to film a short news report about the environmental problem of plastics in our oceans and waters.
Minard primary School pupils and staff welcomed all parents to an open afternoon on Thursday. The pupils showed their parents around the classroom. The highlights include the Positive Pandas and the Viking house. The Kung Foo punctuation was very ably demonstrated by P4. The boys then each presented a short power point on their Viking topic. It is fair to say that there was a fair amount of competition when it came to the ‘Parent’ Quiz.