We managed to raise over £550 for Red Nose Day. We are very proud of our pupils’ efforts. We would like to thank the local community who were very generous as well as the parents who supported many aspects of our fundraising.
Argyll & Bute may be geographically vast but that doesn’t prevent us from making the most of connections between schools to allow pupils the opportunity to learn co-operatively. On Friday 21st April five P4 pupils from Kirn Primary School in Cowal travelled with their teacher Mr Mair to join the Minard Primary School pupils in some outdoor learning activities in Minard Primary, near Inveraray. The Minard pupils were delighted to welcome pupils from far flung Cowal to share in the outdoor learning opportunities which are on their doorstep.
The winning entries will be printed on a calendar, produced by the Argyll OWL Group, and will be distributed throughout Argyll & Bute to promote outdoor and woodland learning. Plus win great prizes to help you enjoy the outdoors.
We would like to share with everyone our project in association with Crofting Connections.
This term the Selkie class are looking at the life of a sheep, with the visit of sheep and lambs to school, dying fleece, spinning, weaving and felting. Today we had a visit from Joy Dunlop who taught us some Gaelic, traditional Gaelic waulking songs and step dancing. She was amazing and we really enjoyed her time with us.
Lismore’s Fairtrade Bake Off
On Thursday 2nd March 2017, Achaleven Primary School joined Lismore Primary School for a Fairtrade Challenge Day. Both Achaleven and Lismore are already Fairtrade Schools, so this year they decided to get together for a Fairtade Fortnight event.
Achaleven pupils travelled by ferry from Oban to Achnacroish where they were greeted by Lismore P7s who accompanied them to the school.
On Monday 6th March Arinagour Primary School were presented with their Gold Flag Award for 2016 – 2018. This award formally recognises a school’s achievement in putting P.E. and school sport at the heart of planning, practice and ethos.
The presentation was made by Mr Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of SportScotland, Lorna Jackson, Robbie Stewart also from SportScotland and Muriel Kupris from Argyll & Bute Council made the long trip to Coll to attend the presentation. This was very much appreciated.
Kirn Primary’s A Team were delighted to be announced the winners of the 2017 inter school P4-P5 Football Tournament. The weather was kind, and teams from Dunoon Primary, Sandbank Primary, St. Mun’s and Kirn all battled it out on the astro turf pitches at Dunoon Grammar School. With some close matches against tough opposition, Kirn A Team won through, with the B team on-the-ball to take second place and the C Team still in the running in overall 5th.
This week, St Andrew’s Primary School’s pupils and staff were delighted to be awarded their fourth Eco Schools Green Flag. Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and is designed to encourage whole-school action on sustainable development education issues. The Green Flag Award is an internationally-recognised symbol of excellence in sustainable development education.
Inveraray Primary School was the first school in Argyll and Bute to gain Green Flag status as an Eco School back in 2003. We are pleased to share the good news that we have once again retained our Green Flag status through our Crofting and Kenyan Connections work which includes the whole school and the nursery.
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.
Rhu Primary School remain ‘Evergreen’, as we celebrate our 5th Green Flag. Christmas came early as the pupils received the joyous news. We were congratulated on our achievements in the topics of Biodiversity and Food in the Environment. We were also commended on our on-going beach cleans, which we have extended to the play park and Ardenconnel Woods. Eco Scotland were particularly impressed by our work on anti-dog fouling which was greatly appreciated by our local residents. The pupils are busily making plans to celebrate this great achievement in the New Year and we look forward to sharing this soon.
The Contractor building the new Kirn Primary School, Morrisons, invited pupil to design posters which would be enlarged and placed on the hoardings outside the building site. Last Thursday the winners, accompanied by the nursery pupils, visited the site to see their pictures being displayed. While there, the pupils helped plant bulbs at the front of the Site Office.
Last Friday, while the ‘bigger’ pupils were off learning how to become Digital Leaders, Furnace and Minard ‘littler’ pupils decided to go off on a Gruffalo Hunt to Ardkinglas Gardens to have some outdoor fun and learn some more Scots words. The crispy cold day added to the sense of adventure, especially as we had recently read The Gurffalo’s Child. We followed the little mouse’s directions past Tod’s ‘deep-dooon hoose’, Hoolet’s “tree-tap hoose” and Snake’s “log-hoose”.
This month Minard Primary fought off stiff competition from across Scotland to win a national competition for its innovative ways of making waste go for further.
Instead of using traditional recycling methods for disposing of waste paper, pupils at Minard Primary School have been turning it into recycled paper briquettes which can then be used in the community as fuel. As a result of this ingenious idea, Minard Primary was crowned the winner of the Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) School Challenge Competition.
Parents came to Easdale School to find out about what pupils have been learning. We invited the adults to join us for breakfast. There were lots of healthy breakfast foods to choose from. Mrs MacKechnie and Mrs MacLarty helped us by setting up the kitchen and hall. Thank you to Tesco for the food donations for this.
Anyone interested in the workshop and outdoor & woodland learning is invited to come along at 4.30pm to have a chance not only to make lanterns but discover what the OWL group can do to help promote outdoor learning.