La Concours de la francophonie
Well done to the P5 class of Dunoon Primary School for winning the regional final of the French Drama competition. The class were involved in an interdisciplinary learning project about the Titanic. They then developed a French drama linked with this project and sang a traditional French song about a sailor and the sea. Their winning entry can be seen HERE . They have now been entered into the national final. We wish them every success in the next stage of the competition.
The Hostel Factor 2016 was held on 29th November, to a packed audience of parents and staff. The show started with Junior Presenter, Cameron, a terrific witty and explosive introduction to the show and St Andrews Night. Our own Ant & Dec presenters, Brandon & Josh super smart double act put the judges and acts through their paces with their witty and entertaining presenting skills.
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.
On Tuesday 4th October Steven Simpson from the Argyll and Bute Council Learning Technologies Team came into our school to show our P7 class how to use Minecraft Education Edition. The session was very interactive and the pupils had lots of fun learning this new skill. They were able to challenge each other in the same world which had been created by Steven.
Cowal Highland Gathering Stadium was the venue for the Active Schools Sports Day. This year they decided to change the format of the annual sports event to increase participation within the local primary schools.
Dunoon Primary held their prizegiving ceremony today at St John’s Church. The church was full of proud parents as the trophies were distributed to the pupils. The choir sang two songs to a delighted audience. Mrs Stewart gave her address speech to the crowd and spoke of the school year and all our fantastic achievements. The PTA gave out calculators and framed pictures of the P7 leavers dance and Mr Taylor of the Rotary Club gave out dictionaries to all the P7 pupils.
On Sunday 12th July, the members of Dunoon Primary’s PTA organised a fantastic street picnic to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. We set up in the school’s dining hall as the forecast wasn’t great but thankfully we were still able to enjoy activities in the playground too. The local fire engine and crew came along and lots of children enjoyed climbing aboard and wearing the very heavy helmet. Greg Girard coached children of all ages in his football skills workshops.
Dunoon Primary School held their annual Sports Day on Monday 30th May 2016 at Dunoon Stadium. We started the event with a Clan Parade around the 400m track led by piper, Cambeul Walker. The clan captains carried their tartan banners proudly and the children enjoyed parading round and waving to the many parents, grandparents, friends and siblings. Following this, clans competed in different activities for the Clan Sports.
Dunoon Primary School Choir performed their version of ‘Juke Box’ last night April 26th to a packed audience in our school hall. Mrs Hamlet our superb dedicated music teacher had prepared a fantastic, modern programme for our pupils to sing aided by Mrs M Peek and Mrs A Macdonald.
The choir sang their hearts out to tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000 eras! Songs like ‘Catch a Falling Star, I’m A Believer, Thank You for the Music and Bring Me Sunshine were popular with the community in the afternoon show.Continue reading »
This week the whole school have been involved in lots of physical activity including karate, shinty, orienteering, tennis, fitness dance and yoga. The older children also had presentations from Police Scotland, local Health Visitors and the assistant manager from the local Oxfam shop who all gave very interesting talks with very important messages regarding physical and emotional wellbeing.
Dunoon Primary Celebrate British Science Week Pupils in Dunoon Primary School went on a journey of discovery into the world of nanoscience and engineering.
Dunoon Primary School was awarded funding from the British Science Association to host a science event, one of thousands of activities occurring across the country, for British Science Week (11th-20th of March).
Pupils from Toward, Innellan, St Muns and Dunoon, supported by Gary Clark and Steven Simpson have been learning how to write computer code. Dunoon has been using Lego WeDo and the other schools have been using Kudo. The progress and improvements in the pupils independent working and problem solving has been fantastic and the pupils over a period of a few weeks have managed to develop a wide range of simple to complex games.
To celebrate our whole school Interdisciplinary Topic, Our School and Our Community, we hosted an Open Day for the community to come in to our school. Our community were able to take guided tours of our school led by our pupils to see the wonderful work that we have been doing. We are very lucky that Mr John Stirling from our local museum provided us with school artefacts from bygone days and was there to help us on the day and talk to our visitors.Eleanor McKay from Library HQ helped us with the displays. Continue reading »
Dunoon Primary won the annual inter Primary School tournament on Wednesday 2nd March organised by Mrs McLean. The teams From Kirn, St Mun’s, Strachur, Lochgoilhead, Tighnabruaich and Sandbank were a credit to their schools as they played with skill and enjoyed the day! Dunoon A and B teams both fought hard to get to the semi finals. the draw was made and they ended up playing each other to put one team through to the final round.
The tables were turned on the Observer today, when the interviewer became the interviewee. Reporter Georgia Love was at Dunoon Primary School to interview head teacher Mrs Stewart, only to be asked to be interviewed herself as part of a school project on news gathering. She was expertly “grilled” by Callum Crofts and the whole thing was filmed by David MacGillivray.
The evening of 13th December, Dunoon Primary School Choir, directed by Mrs Heather Hamlet our wonderful Music teacher performed ‘One Bright Star’. The narrators spoke clearly as they told the Christmas story linked with beautiful songs. The audience were enthralled by the amazing solo singers and the last song ‘Light A Candle’ left everyone in no doubt Christmas is truly on its way! The children’s tealights reflected on their faces and illuminated the beautiful St John’s church.
Dunoon Primary have been very busy preparing speeches for this years contest. The annual school competition at Dunoon was well attended by parents and members of the Association of Speakers Club Dunoon, who worked diligently coaching the young speakers.
The ten finalists displayed excellent speaking skills and delivered the most interesting topics – to name a few Piper Alpha, The European Refugee Crisis and My Asthma.
On Thursday, 3rd December, P6/5 and P7/6 opened their 60s themed pop-up shop in the Function Suite at “The Braes”. The shop was very busy all day and by lunchtime the children had to start taking orders for vinyl clocks as they had run out of stock! One pupil had a great idea to have a raffle with the prize being a hamper filled with 60s goodies, including a Beatles album. The children made a fantastic profit of over £700 which will be put towards resources for the classes and hopefully a trip to “Scotland Street Museum” in the New Year for a lesson in a 60s classroom. Continue reading »
Love to shop? Remember life in the Sixties? The children of Dunoon Primary School invite you to their sixties themed pop up shop. Opening for one day only, Thursday 3rd December, 11am to 4pm, at “The Braes”.
In Dunoon Primary, Mrs Macdonald and P7 organised a Drawing Competition, a Raffle, made Badges and Bookmarks, held a Non Uniform Day and held a Bake Sale all to raise money for Children in Need. Thanks to the fantastic support of staff, pupils, parents and friends of Dunoon Primary the amazing sum of £928.47 was raised. A huge thank you to all!