On 7th December 2015, the Cooking Bus came to Oban High School. The Support Department and 80 Mainstream S2s were able to utilise the Bus with support from Jem and Sarah, the professional chefs on-board. The students thoroughly enjoyed their sessions on the bus where they cooked healthy meals with local ingredients. The staff went the extra mile to cater for all needs and allergies. In addition, teaching and support staff attended the training sessions from Oban High School: Support Dept; Health and Wellbeing; Science and Modern Languages.
In celebration of ‘School’s Food Day’ and as part of our Health and Wellbeing project, pupils at Dalmally Primary took part in a special clan challenge to design and create their very own healthy pizzas. Led by Miss MacKechnie, the whole school, including the nursery, joined in and enjoyed the opportunity to learn lots of new skills in the process. We even had a special guest judge, Sally Macleod from Glenorchy Lodge Hotel, who showed us how to toss a pizza base and helped our school cook Julie to judge our finished pizzas.
Last Wednesday, all the pupils in Dalmally Primary school took part in our version of ‘Tuff Mudder’. Pre 5 and P1/2 completed the Mini Mudder course while P3-7 completed a 5K obstacle course through the local forest and back to our playground. It was a fantastic day and all the pupils supported and encouraged each other through the various obstacles . We ended the day by playing different water games in the playground to clean off all the mud from Tuff Mudder!
Primary three to seven took part in a LIVE drawing lesson as part of the BBC’s Big Painting Challenge. Illustrator Nick Sharratt, famous for his illustrations in the Tracy Beaker books, gave us lots of hints and tips for drawing characters with different facial expressions. He showed us how changing a character’s eyebrows and mouth can totally change their expression. Everyone really enjoyed the session, gained lots of new skills and built their confidence with drawing characters.
Staff and pupils at Dalmally Primary School changed the recent bad weather into a learning opportunity. We challenged the children to create a “snow sculpture” (no snowmen allowed) using their ideas and imagination. They had to work well as a team, consulting and listening to each other whilst using snow and natural materials. In the end we had a snow angel, a castle, a volcano and an alien. The teachers took part too, although following a stewards inquiry were later disqualified, as you will note from the photo they did not entirely stick to the design brief!
The children at Dalmally Primary have been busy preparing for Christmas. At the beginning of Christmas the children organised and sold a number of homemade Christmas craft items and raised an amazing £500 for school funds. This week the children took part in a hilarious musical production called “A Midwife Crisis” to a packed hall. Our youngest nursery children not to be outdone entertained their parents with a selection of Christmas songs.
Yesterday the boys and girls of Primary one and two were very busy in the preparation of a feast of organic delights. Come along to our restaurant and you could sample a moss stew, some mud muffins or a sandy pancake with a drizzle of grass syrup. The outdoor kitchen has proved so popular that there is now a playtime rota for every class!
Staff have found that taking a back seat brings up lots of interesting observations- already we know that the children need writing materials for menus, they need plates and cups to serve up their delights and possibly a set of scales to measure with!
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.
Dalmally Primary school P1-3 put on a performance of “Cock-a doodle doo Christmas” to a full house. This was followed by a selection of “Christmas Hits” in the style of “Top of the Pops” by P4-7.
The next day the nursery children performed Christmas songs in front of parents, grandparents and friends. They then showed off their learning folders to their visitors who enjoyed finding out about their learning.
We often reflect on how fortunate we are in Argyll to have a rich outdoor environment on our doorstep. At Dalmally Primary this is literally true- yesterday 28 pupils from P3-7 took their bikes for an adventure in the forest. We cycled from school through the forest, stopping for lunch on the way finally making the summit of the Duncan Ban MacIntyre (Gaelic poet) monument. At the top we managed to find a geo cache and as you will see the children had great fun jumping from a rock down the hill!
Primary 3. 4 and 5 of Dalmally Primary school recently organised and hosted a “Fair Trade Café” for friends and family in the community.
The children had been learning about “Fair Trade” and what it means for farmers and producers. The children then made their own fair trade items for sale, costing out their materials and jointly deciding on a “fair” price.
They also baked their own home made cakes using fair trade ingredients and served fair trade tea and coffee.
On Friday 3rd June all the children at Dalmally School came to school wearing green in order to take part in some Eco-schools activities.
Each class took part in three different activities. Some helped design and make an Eco-House, some made outdoor ladybird dominoes, and some made an Eco-mascot outdoors from materials they found.
Take a look at our photos!
“Dalmally, Taynuilt and Kilchrenan Primary Schools held a wonderful Car Boot Sale on Saturday at Dalmally Mart, raising over £1118 for their annual p6/7 trip to Lcohgoilhead. The sun shone on the ‘car boots’ and the stalls (causing some of the icing to slip off the cakes on the baking stall!) and a great time was had by all. The local fire brigade came along to help with the Car Wash, there was a Bottle Stall, Raffle and Baking stall as well as activities such as ‘Throw the Wet Sponge’ and a Duck Race.”
At the end of March the children of Dalmally Primary School organised a talent show. This was no ordinary evening; in fact it was a very exclusive event. Guests entered through the V.I.P entrance, made their way along the red carpet and were greeted with a champagne (sparkling fruit juice!) reception. The event was not complete without a panel of celebrity judges who took their roles very seriously.
Dalmally Primary celebrated world book day as part of a week-long series of activities relating to books. Children worked cooperatively to produce story books for younger children which they presented, designed new covers for traditional tales, and spent lots of time hearing different types of stories. We also had a book swap stall running for the week, giving us the chance to read new and different stories.
The children at Dalmally took part in a whirlwind of exciting events in December. They kicked things off with a “Holly Tea” in early December, followed last week by a super Christmas performance. The younger children took part in the nativity production told through the eyes of the “Little Red Robin”, while the older children performed songs based on “Christmas Around the World”.
The Early Years Class celebrated book week by reading the three books gifted to children in P1 as part of the book bug scheme. After reading ‘Jack and the Flumflum tree,’ they discussed what they would put in the patchwork sack. Some great ideas included stilts to get the fruit down from the tree, a rubber ring to rescue Stu and a big plaster to plug the hole in the boat. The children then made their own patchwork sack using collage materials.
On Tuesday 6th November Primary 3, 4 and 5 at Dalmally Primary invited parents, friends and the rest of the school to their end of topic celebration. The children had been busy learning about ‘Scotland.’
The end of topic celebration was a showcase of all they had been learning. They performed traditional Scottish and Gaelic songs as well as Scottish dances. They explained that they had been learning about famous Scottish Inventors, Scottish artists and Scottish landscapes. They also learned about foods that are made in Scotland and even had a ‘tasting table’ for everyone to have a taste.
Last Friday, the whole school were involved in a car wash in the playground, ably assisted by volunteer fire-fighters from Dalmally Fire Station. Each “customer” paid £5 to have their car washed and waxed. In addition, customers were able to have tea, coffee and biscuits in the staffroom, while they waited. The car wash raised an amazing £82 which means that Primary 5 and 6 can now take part in a badminton festival at the new Velodrome in Glasgow. They reaped the financial rewards of their hard work!