Dalintober ‘A’ team retained the South Kintyre Inter-Schools Relay Cup against teams from Castlehill and Rural Schools. The ‘B’ team also had a successful run, finishing third in the event – part of Campbeltown Grammar School’s Sports Day.
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
On Friday 11th of November Mrs Macdonald and P7 launched their Children in Need fundraising activities for 2016. During the following week they sold raffle tickets for a Build A Bear Labrador, encouraged pupils to enter the draw a “Sporty Pudsey” Competition and sold Pudsey and Blush badges and bookmarks.
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.
Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education news and updates are now available on SALi
Technology Showcase – On Saturday 7 May 2016 around 300 primary pupils from across Helensburgh and Lomond attended a technology showcase event with parents.
The aim of the event was to help equip young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to turn computing ideas into concepts, showcase what can be created through technology and provide additional exciting computer science related learning opportunities.
S1/2 spent the day considering the topic of”Rich World, Poor World” in their latest RME conference. Over the morning they looked at some of the issues facing those in the world today. They started by dividing the world’s wealth between them (some had a lot more than others) and considered some of the factors which determine whether or not you have enough to eat. The group explored human rights and made a quilt to illustrate them . Paper chains were created to show what barriers there are for some and how these could be broken.
As part of Dunoon Grammar School’s aim to improve attainment and to promote mathematics as a subject that provides enjoyment, a guest speaker, Professor Adam McBride OBE visited Dunoon Grammar School today in order to give a series of talks to selected S1, S3 and Senior pupils. Professor McBride, having taught at the University of Strathclyde for over forty years, has recently retired but still visits schools around the country. He has given countless lectures and masterclasses to pupils from P6 upwards. In 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and was awarded an OBE for services to the understanding of mathematics in schools. Today’s talks generated interest and involvement from pupils and were well received. Problems that have remained unsolved in the maths community were explained along with the importance of maths in everyday life and possible future careers.
Managers and Head teachers from Early Learning and Childcare settings across Argyll & Bute welcomed a recent conference on ‘Building the Ambition’*. The document’s writer, Liz Paterson, an adviser with the Scottish Government, delivered presentations and workshops on this new National Practice Guidance. The conference was held in the Three Villages Hall, Arrochar. Parents with their children joined the conference for a short period as Bookbug made an appearance, all attendees and visitors joined in with the singing.
To launch our new status as an Apple Regional Training Centre, specialising in iPads and Additional Support Needs, CALL is hosting a free half-day conference at Moray House School of Education on Friday 9th May. Speakers include Steve Bunce, Jenni Robertson and David Ryan. There will also be parallel workshop presentations on using iPads for:
– Literacy and Creativity (Jenni Robertson)
– Pupils with Dyslexia and Reading / Writing Difficulties (Paul Nisbet)
– Pupils with Communication Difficulties (Sally Millar)
– Pupils on the Autistic Spectrum (Sue Fletcher-Watson)
In Spring 2012, Small Isles children became involved in the Crofting Connections Project. During the summer term they invited the community to be involved too by hosting four Crofting Community Cafes in school. Each cafe had a crofting theme (Crofting the land, Life as a child, Crofting Culture and Crofting at Home) and a panel of ‘experts’ from the community were invited to come and share their memories and experiences of the theme by answering questions from the children, leading discussions and having drinks and home-cooked treats.
The pupils from Barcaldine Primary School were invited to attend the ‘Raising Attainment’ Conference on Monday 10th March 2014. The very enthusiastic class were delighted to have been asked to display the work they have been doing with their iPads in the classroom and how technology has become part of every lesson they have. The pupils were asked lots of questions by the visitors to their stall and they were able to answer very confidently and clearly. Maggie Irving held a workshop and the pupils were delighted to have been asked to assist her. They showed a number of people who attended the workshop how they could use iPads to promote literacy learning and how much they enjoy learning in this way.
Dunoon Primary’s magnicifent Sal Team attended the ‘Raising Attainment’ Conference in Oban on Tuesday 11 March 2014. The enthusiastic pupils were thrilled to be asked to have a stall displaying their IT skills in Raspberry Pi, Lego We Do and EV3. Their stall was very busy and the pupils displayed very confident clear answers to any questions asked by the visitors. Gary Clark held a workshop and the pupils were delighted to be invited to assist him. The audience asked them lots of questions and they explained the various aspects of the software and how they enjoyed using it.
At Bowmore Primary School, we have been working hard on our amazing garden project. It was admired by Mr Don McAllister and he invited us to attend this conference. All the head teachers of Argyll and Bute were going to be there – we were very excited. We had to get up in time for the 7:00am on Monday 10th March to catch the ferry to Kennacraig. We met Mrs MacDougall and Ms Gilbert at Port Ellen. Our parent helper, Mr Swarbrick drove us there as he was coming with us.
Tuesday 11th March saw Michael Russell attend our ‘Raising Attainment’ conference in Oban. The Corran Halls was the venue for this two day celebration of learning and teaching in Argyll and Bute, featuring many exhibition stands bursting with information on a huge variety of topics. Everything from Skills Scotland to Forest Schools was represented and Michael Russell made a point of visiting as many stands as he could before he delivered an inspiring keynote speech. Afterwards he visited our
On Thursday 20th and Friday 21st of February P6 and 7 pupils from the East Lorn cluster(Dalmally,Taynuilt and Kilchrenan) got together for a two day health and wellbeing conference at Dalmally Community hall entitled “Changes and Challenges”
During the first day the children took part in various workshops on emotional changes, puberty, friendships and resolving conflicts and healthy lifestyles.
Here are a few final images from our visit to the SLF this week and some feedback from a few guests. The Festival attracted around 4000 delegates this year with representatives from each local authority across Scotland as well as delegates from around the globe including Australia, Denmark, Norway and Finland to name but a few. Our Dunoon pupils proved themselves more than capable of running the stand and over the two days they impressed hundreds of visitors
Day two at the SLF has been busier than ever with a very important guest taking part in our fabulous stand. The hard working pupils have once again been exceeding all expectations, meeting people and showing them our blog. The guests have been constantly surprised at our pupil’s confidence and knowledge. Caitlin from Dunoon Grammar said “The atmosphere at our stand has made me feel confident about speaking to people”
Day one at the SLF went tremendously well with lots and lots of visitors to our stand including these two large animals! The pupils involved in day one worked very hard throughout the day engaging with visitors and demonstrating SAL to a huge number of people. They also attracted many favourable comments which reflected the general interest in our sharing blog. Here’s to day two!!