P4 and P5 took part in the Helensburgh and Lomond school bulb competition recently. The hyacinths grown by all the children created a very impressive display with one winning the overall gold medal. Congratulations to John Smith who won first prize.
Primary 3/2 at Garelochhead PS opened a French café for their families. Everyone had a job to do, some children were waitresses, some were chefs and some were kitchen hands. The children all had to apply for their jobs and speak in French to the customers. It was a great success and the class raised an amazing £73 for Cancer Research UK.
On Tuesday evening P7/6 at Garelochhead Primary School entertained their families and friends with their rendition of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
The school assembly hall was packed with people of all ages who thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The whole cast and backstage staff worked extremely hard to deliver a fantastic show.
Last term, one of the Golf professionals from Helensburgh Golf Club, Matt Burt, gave golf lessons to P6/5 children at Garelochhead Primary School. This course was part of the Active Schools initiative using amenities in the area to get children more involved in sport. On Good Friday, five of the children who took part in the lessons went to Helensburgh Golf Club to participate in a fun golf competition against some other local schools. They had to show off the skills they had learned by scoring points while putting, chipping and hitting golf balls at targets.
Primary 1 and Primary 3/2 at Garelochhead primary have been looking after butterflies. They watched them grow from very tiny caterpillars, to huge big ones, before they turned into chrysalises. The butterflies took their time turning into butterflies and then they were set free. Primary 3/2 collected lots of natural things from the garden to make the butterflies at home in their habitat. The classes were very excited to see that the butterflies liked to eat fruit. Both classes enjoyed exploring the life cycle through observations of the real thing.
Yesterday, families and friends of Garelochhead PS were treated to tea, coffee and biscuits to celebrate the start of British summer time. Lots of people turned up and were entertained during the event with songs from all the classes and an Easter ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ created by P7. Although the winner didn’t get a million pounds, they did receive some homemade Millionaire’s shortbread.
Garelochhead’s P7 Class enjoyed baking delicious ‘Christmas Spiced Biscuits’ as part of their active learning in Maths. After budgeting money, planning the most economical recipes and then measuring out their ingredients, they produced fabulous biscuits to wrap and sell at our Christmas Fayre. Well Done.
Pupils from Garelochhead Primary School enjoyed a visit to Garelochhead Bowling Club recently.
The Primary 2 class went along to the club as part of their interdisciplinary learning on the Commonwealth Games. Club members Mr Kjorstad and Mr Leishman taught them about the rules, the object of the game and the equipment that you need to play.
Cardross Primary were the winners at the recent Christian Aid Netball Tournament organised by Mrs Clark from Garelochhead Primary. The standard of play was amazing with St Joseph’s, Rhu, Colgrain and Cardross in the semi-final stages. Cardross were given a tough match against Colgrain Primary in the final. It was a great event and many thanks to all of the players, coaches and volunteers at the event.
Cardross haven’t lifted the trophy since 2001 and we were delighted!
P6/5 have enjoyed visits from two artists to help with their topic work. As part of their Beyond the Panda topic, a member of the local Art Club gave up her time to help the children to make Chinese bowls out of papier mache, clay pandas, and a wall hanging with cherry blossom and Chinese calligraphy.
P1 in Garelochhead Primary School have been extending the accommodation in the Anniversary Garden to include a Hedgehog House. Some distance from the newly opened hotel, in a corner so as not to upset the guests, they constructed a home for Hedgehogs. Using materials found in the garden and some recycled waterproof resources the children set to work enthusiastically, so much so that we now have two houses.
Look out birds, you will be next.
All classes have participated in an Art Liaison with Helensburgh Art Club. P7/6 were fortunate to work alongside Mrs Mary Duncan, a retired Art Teacher, to make Panda Puppets to be used with script work. We also created a scroll to highlight the need to keep pandas in their natural habitats – bamboo heaven!
P1 & P2 children in Garelochhead Primary worked together with their teachers Mrs Clark and Ms Macaulay to build a bug Hotel in the Anniversary Garden. Recycled resources were sorted, adapted and shaped into a new home for minibeasts. Pupils worked collaboratively in the garden to design and make a hotel fit for the 21st century!
Their biodiversity studies are part of the school’s work to achieve a 3rd Green Flag.
Let’s hope lots of guests arrive soon!
Working towards their ‘John Muir’ award, they focussed on the adventurous discovery and exploration of wild places, and actively conserved areas of woodland.
Other outdoor activities included gorge walking, abseiling, night orienteering and negotiating their way through a labyrinth.
It was a super weekend, thank you Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre!
Pupils in P5/4 welcomed Bill Jennison of SARD to their class. He is a training officer with the Search and Rescue Dog Association. His talk was so interesting, he was almost overwhelmed with ‘searching’ questions from the class. Olivia played the part of the casualty and Jamie proudly wore the coat of the search and rescue dog. Pupils now have a really good understanding of the intensive training and testing a dog must undertake to play such a vital role in helping those in danger on the mountains.
Parents for Pupils organised a whole day of Health and wellbeing activities for pupils. The sponsored Pentathlon was enjoyed by every child in the school. All Garelochhead Primary pupils and staff would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to mums Mrs Fiona MacLennan and helper Mrs Heather Smith for making the whole event possible. After all their exertions each class had time to enjoy healthy fruit snacks and a bottle of water. To date the amazing amount of over £170 has been collected in sponsorship. Well done and thank you parents and pupils.
As part of this term’s food and farming work, P6/5 in Garelochhead have been investigating dairy products and the journey they make to reach our plates. We have been looking at dairy farming and the milk industry in Scotland. We also tasted many of the different types of milk and discussed the similarities and differences. We then went on to making our own butter. It was really interesting to see the cream separate into curds and buttermilk.
The butter was put into the fridge overnight and in the morning we had hot toast with our butter. P7/6 loved the taste of the butter too.