WHSMITH’S SCOTTISH SCHOOL LIBRARIES
WHSmith donates book vouchers to help St. Columba’s Primary boost their library resources.
The store manager from WHSmith enjoyed a visit to St. Columba’s Primary recently as part of the WHSmith Trust’s Scottish ‘Encouraging Reading’ programme. As part of the ‘Encouraging Reading’ programme, the WHSmith Trust is donating vouchers to twenty four schools across Scotland to help boost the schools’ library with “Books for Reluctant Readers” for the new academic year. Continue reading »
Barcaldine Primary School children took part alongside other rural schools in a virtual games competition organised through Active Schools.
Over a 5 week period the children, who had been split into two separate age categories (P1-3 & P6-7), did the same games each week. In the final week, each game earned the children points for their achievements.
Our P1-3 children received third place in the competition.
Here the children are with Active Schools co-ordinator Gillian Walker showing off their medals.
The children of Barcaldine Primary School decided to do something a little different for our recent Christmas celebrations.
Their first job was to organise a school enterprise project. The children named themselves The BPS Elves and made wreaths and Christmas decoration from natural materials along with the glitter and sparkling ribbon! The children sold to their families, staff members and the local community and made an impressive £100 profit.
Kirn Primary’s P4 class visited Seasons Café in Dunoon as part of their Food for Thought topic. The class were given a tour of the kitchen to see how food is prepared, investigated how the food is presented to customers, how the café is arranged and paid extra special interest to the décor as Kirn Primary have been asked to contribute ideas for the refurbishment of Dunoon’s historic Burgh Hall.
The children rounded off their visit with a delicious Italian biscotti – many thanks to Seasons Café.
The audience were wowed when the children of Lochgoilhead Primary School performed the play ‘The Pied Piper’ on 21st December, 2016. After the show there were mince pies and tea/coffee or juice. We also sold some Christmas crafts we had made. A total of £183 was raised for school funds. Both children and adults put in an enormous amount of work into it. The Pied Piper was a big success.
By Anna McCulloch, P6.
Sharing Good Practice event – Taking Citizen Science Outdoors to support your Teaching and Learning
Battleby Conference centre, Perth, Thursday 16th March 2017
Please click on the link below to access information and a booking form for the forthcoming free event which is for teachers, teacher trainers and trainee teachers, decision-makers and influencers involved in learning and the environment, professionals involved in outdoor learning and in learning for sustainability, academics and anyone working with young people in the outdoors. For flyer and booking form please click: HERE Continue reading »
Argyll and Bute Councils Digital Learning team have produced a draft Digital Learning Strategy which we would like to receive feedback on.
The Scottish Government launched a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy in September 2016. The vision is that Scotland’s educators, learners and parents take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology in order to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all and that conditions are created to realise this vision and unlock the potential of digital technology in schools. The number of key curriculum developments within digital learning require teachers and learners to be confident and competent in the use of technology. Argyll and Bute establishments, staff and pupils must be ready to embrace the changes that will inevitably take place.
The last week of term was a very busy one with our Christmas concert and Christmas party. The concert was compered by ‘Jack and Victor’ and included singing, instruments and plenty of festive frolics! All pupils helped bake mince pies for our visitors.
We are very proud of our children who took part in the nativity plays in December. We had a Pre-5 nativity and a P1-4 nativity this year. Everyone was very excited and the singing was brilliant. Some children had lines to say and they did very well. The narrators kept the story moving along and everyone enjoyed wearing their costumes and using their props. Thank you to Reverend McCulloch for having us at the church and to Sheena Dowse for filming.
On Thursday 15th December Strachur Primary School went on a Christmas day out to Glasgow. We went to the Riverside Museum in the morning, looked around in our groups and had lunch. We enjoyed looking at the exhibits and sitting on the huge hedge seats outside.
The whole of Lochnell Primary School were in attendance for an award presentation on Tuesday of this week when Tara Heritage-Crabb was announced as the winner of the 2017 Road Safety Calendar Competition. Tara, a P5 pupil, was very surprised but thrilled to be this year’s winner. Her brightly coloured picture, bearing the message ‘Wait till the red goes green’ was selected as the header for the 2017 calendar. Judging was again incredibly difficult for the Road Safety Unit who received 1,673 entries from 43 of our schools. Continue reading »
Pupils from Strone Primary School performed their Christmas Show ‘ Away with the Manger’ to a full house of parents, families and friends from the local community on Wednesday 14th December.
A nativity tale with a comic twist, ‘Away with the Manger’ gave the children a chance to show off their acting and singing talent, with some great comedy moments, which had the audience crying with laughter.
Taynuilt Primary 6 and 7 enjoyed a visit from Mr Bruce Jamieson of Greenspace. He came to discuss our recent project on Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Ms Burger hosted the event with a question and answer session followed by presentations by the children in pairs to Mr Jamieson. The children learned about the current renovation of a Mackintosh property in Helensburgh and were so interested in the project they have formed a School Trip Focus Group to plan and organise a visit to Helensburgh to both the new project and the Hill House. Watch this space…
Kirn Primary School have been in a whirl of activity lately, celebrating Christmas with our community. Our annual Community Tea with Christmas Concert for elderly members of our community was a great success. All our guests enjoyed their tea, scones and mince pies, served up by Primary 6 children while watching each class perform a beautiful Christmas song.
As part of our Food for Thought topic Primary 4/3 from Kirn Primary visited Benmore Cafe with Miss Campbell. We were allowed to go behind the counter and into the kitchens to see where all the delicious food is prepared. Then we sat in the cafe, looked at the menus and had our lunch. The lovely people at the Cafe gave us some tasters to experiment with different flavours.
Children from Kirn Primary School were invited to imagine their ideal new school playground and create a drawing to illustrate it. The best designs were chosen by the building contractor Morrisons, enlarged and are now on display on the hoardings around the building site for the new Kirn Primary School.
On Monday the 19th of December, Clachan Primary School presented a fabulous performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The children all sang beautifully, certainly a show to remember! The well-known tunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber were enjoyed by everyone. It was lovely to see such a great turnout. The audience joined us for tea and our homemade mince pies after the show. Everyone went home singing their favourite tunes!
Dalintober PS Pupil Council’s ‘Tasty Tuck’ ‘Tasty Tuck Team’ Hit Dalintober PS
This month, the ‘Tasty Tuck Team’, aka Dalintober Primary’s Pupil Council members, launched their annual initiative to encourage pupils to bring in healthy snacks for playtimes. They sold some tasty morsels – fruit, pitta breads and crackers – as suggestions and these ‘tasters’ went down a treat with their fellow pupils. Following the current project’s run; they hope that parents and pupils will continue to promote the healthy eating message. The ‘Tasty Tuck Team’ would like to thank Miss Flaws, Miss McCallum, Mr Strang and the staff of Tesco Campbeltown for their help.
Dalintober PS and ELC pupils, teachers and partners recently planned, moderated and evaluated a Citizenship Week across the whole school. The focus was on rights and responsibilities, questioning, fact & opinion and bias & persuasion, ranging from local to global issues and priorities.
Primary 1 and 2 at Rhu continue to share the learning with their parents and carers on Friday morning. Pupils come in as usual followed by their parents who have now participated in a variety of curricular areas including literacy, numeracy, craft and dance. These weekly sessions are the highlight of the week, giving parents, pupils and teachers an opportunity to learn together in a relaxed but purposeful fashion.