Mar 292017
 

THE GIANT EGG INVESTIGATION

P1 and P2 at Rhu made an ‘eggxciting’ discovery in the playground earlier this term. Imagine our surprise when we found a giant nest with an enormous egg inside! On researching eggs, taking advice from our resident palaeontologist, dissecting droppings and reading lots of books, we thought it could be a dinosaur.

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Mar 282017
 

St Andrew’s Primary School changed front their usual blue uniform to a red takeover for Red Nose Day! Pupils and staff all wore either red or fancy dress of their choice to have some fun while raising money for Comic Relief. Pupils brought in a donation for the chance to dress up. At the school’s assembly, pupils in P 1/2/3 shared with the rest of the school where the comic relief money goes- showing the results of their research that included the provision of schools, immunisations and other medicines for children in areas of Africa. They pupils then enjoyed a disco in the afternoon with biscuits for sale! Altogether the school managed to raise £191.75 for the charity.

Mar 282017
 

Castlehill have been busy all week raising funds for Comic Relief. P5, 6 & 7 were baking and this was enjoyed by all. Thursday saw a bring and buy sale along with non uniform and various stalls. The week ended on a high on Friday when the whole school completed the Daily Mile displaying something red. For many the red was their faces at the end of it! A grand total of £760 was raised.

Mar 282017
 

On Thursday 23rd March 2017 the pupils from Lochdonhead Primary School travelled over on the ferry to Oban to celebrate Alex’s reading for enjoyment success. She has read one million words in six months and was awarded a book of her own choice from Waterstones to celebrate. This award was generously funded by our Parent Council.
This is an amazing achievement and she has read a total of 24 sizeable books to attain this. A big ‘Thank you!’ is extended to the Parent Council for funding the trip and the award.
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Mar 282017
 

Children and staff at Gigha Primary School and Pre-Five Unit hosted an afternoon tea comedy club experience for all members of the community. P4 – P7 amazed us with their three minute stand-up routines – some real comic talent in their delivery. Our favourite was, ‘What’s pink and fluffy? Pink fluff!’ Neighbours and friends chipped in with their favourite jokes – there were some real howlers, including the inevitable ‘Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side!’

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Mar 282017
 

A class of S3 Business pupils at Dunoon Grammar school received a pleasant surprise last week when Tony Fadell – dubbed the Father of the iPod – tweeted words of encouragement for a learning experience the pupils were working on.

The pupils studying Business were working on a creative team exercise – tasked to rebrand Apple’s iconic iPod and devise an effective marketing-mix to breathe new life into the flagging sales of the once all conquering multimedia player.

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Mar 282017
 

Budding Business & Computing entrepreneurs from Dunoon Grammar school participated in an exclusive Question and Answer session with senior executives of the successful technology company Spotify – to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017.

Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service with over 100 million users across the globe

Dunoon Grammar was the only school in Scotland to take part and one of only four schools from across the UK involved in the event organised by Apps for Good.

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Mar 222017
 

Primary 5, 6 and 7 have been developing their computational skills through our game design topic. These have included problem solving, debugging and creating algorithms. The children have set up their own game design businesses and to ensure they met the needs of their target audience. Detailed questionnaires were created, handed out and then the information was collated and displayed as pie charts and bar graphs. The children worked hard to use their numeracy results to inform their game design.
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Mar 202017
 

The children from John Logie Baird Primary 1 and nursery have been demonstrating their skills for life while working collaboratively on STEM experiences as part of their Early Level Class.

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Mar 092017
 

This year the pupils of Minard and Furnace came together to celebrate World Book Day with an afternoon of reading related activities including a second hand book sale, shared reading activities. We were fortunate that local story teller Margaret Renton also came along to read to our pupils and share her enthusiasm for literacy. Parents and carers came along for a cup of tea and our toddler group took part in the reading activities with glee.

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Feb 222017
 

minard-sharing-memories-1On Tuesday 7th February 2017 some of our local community neighbours from Minard village came along to school to share some memories from their childhood. Mrs Hay and her friends brought with them things which reminded them of their childhood and our pupils brought in some things from their earlier childhood. Over teas and biscuits we all shared our ‘memories’ using our memory objects to tell stories. Our neighbours brought old coins, school photos and toys from long ago.

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Feb 102017
 

rsz_1rsz_stem_ambassadors_rgb_hi-resSTEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. They open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

STEM Ambassadors not only inspire young people, they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

STEM Ambassadors contribute to their local community and at the same time boost their own professional skills, experience and confidence.

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Feb 032017
 

strachur-burns-supper-1-jan-2017We had a braw day on Wednesday 25th January celebrating Robert Burns. We enjoyed poetry, music, dancing and singing. Primary 1-4 had learned the Selkirk Grace. The haggis was piped in by Kirsty, Sophie and Anna. Cameron, Isaac, Finlay and Dylan addressed the haggis and our lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties was delicious!

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Feb 022017
 

kirn-ps-chris-riddell-1We’re always looking forward to Authors Live at Kirn so were eager to tune in to the latest broadcast featuring Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. P4/3, P4, P5, P6/5 and P6 had already researched Chris and looked at a selection of books filled with his amazingly detailed illustrations. We had also prepared questions for Chris and emailed them in advance, hoping that one of our questions would be read out during the live show.

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Jan 252017
 

lismore-goes-alpine-3To get the New Year off to a flying start Lismore Primary School had a “French Alpine Ski Week” to celebrate all things alpine and wintry! We have taken the overall theme in French of the alpine year and have a large changing display in the classroom. This week, we imagined we were all off skiing to the French Alps!

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Jan 242017
 

furmin-6-kelvin-art-galleryFurnace and Minard pupils headed off to Glasgow for a day at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this week. We had a brilliant day and were so inspired by everything we saw from Egyptian “mummies” to dinosaurs, Charles Rennie MacIntosh art and the famous spitfire. We had planned our visit as part of our Scotland topic but we saw and learned much beyond our national heritage. Here are some pupils comments:

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Jan 132017
 

kirn-p4-cafe-visitKirn 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.

Jan 102017
 

strachur-christmas-week-8-2016The 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.

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Jan 102017
 

strachur-nativity-6-2016We 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.

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