Lochdonhead Primary School was selected as the Regional Winner 2017 in the Better Energy School Awards. The school have won a cheque for £500.00 “Congratulations to the pupils and staff of Lochdonhead Primary School – what an ambitious project you have embarked upon and you have adopted an extremely professional approach. We were very impressed by the way you have sought detailed information and knowledge from experts and the way that you have involved your community in the development of your nature trail.
Alex Geddes of Lochdonhead Primary fought off stiff competition to win the regional stages of an art competition, run by Gas Distribution Network (GDN), to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.
The primary seven pupil produced and performed a lyrical poem which saw her win £300 for the school and £150 for herself.
On Thursday 23rd March 2017 the pupils from Lochdonhead Primary School travelled over on the ferry to Oban to celebrate Alex’s reading for enjoyment success. She has read one million words in six months and was awarded a book of her own choice from Waterstones to celebrate. This award was generously funded by our Parent Council.
This is an amazing achievement and she has read a total of 24 sizeable books to attain this. A big ‘Thank you!’ is extended to the Parent Council for funding the trip and the award.
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We had a wonderful day Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of World Book Day. Thank you to our parents and community for joining us to share our world of books.
We are delighted to announce that we came as a runner up in the World Book Day competition.
“Welcome to a world of books. Imagination is free. Anyone can come. After reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe we wanted a wardrobe to walk through too.
Excitement was in the air at Lochdonhead Primary on Mull when the official opening took place of the school’s outdoor science laboratory by Michael Russell MSP. The laboratory was created using the £1,000 prize money that the school received as a result of winning last year’s “Our Environment” competition. Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Rory Colville said: “This is a wonderful initiative and the pupils of Lochdonhead Primary School are very worthy winners. Continue reading Science Shed Opening and School Fair
Last week the pupils of Lochdonhead primary school took part in the Argyll and Bute ‘Sumdog’ competition. It is answering mental maths questions on a computer game. Every pupil has to try and answer 1000 questions in a week. We did a lot of playing at home too.
This event was made possible with the help of Mr Gus Whyte who kindly refereed and Mrs Babs Whyte, PE Teacher. The children of Salen Primary School were joined by children from Lochdonhead Primary and Ulva Primary Schools as part of their normal PE sessions. Continue reading Salen Primary Hosts Rugby World Cup
Primary 6 pupils from Salen, Lochdonhead and Ulva Primary schools treated all staff and pupils to a lunch of locally produced food as the highlight of Health Day where the theme was Healthy Eating. They took over the school kitchen for the morning and, under the guidance of sous chef Michael Shannon from the Western Isles Hotel, assisted by Iona, and Eilidh and Debbie from the school kitchen, they prepared and served a feast of wonderful Mull produce which had been kindly donated by local producers.
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At the end of January, Ms Bidwell asked the school if anyone would be interested in doing Tobermory Drama Festival this year. Lochdonhead volunteered and decided to write a play called ‘Our Teacher’s a Witch’. We formed a drama club and we rehearsed every Thursday night for 2 months. We also gave up some of our breaks and lunchtimes to practice as well.
Lochdonhead Primary School took part in the recent Argyll and Bute Sumdog Maths Challenge. Even though we are a very small school, we were delighted to have won. Here are comments from our pupils –
Henry P7 – I enjoyed the teamwork, helping and encouraging everyone to do their 1000 questions. We used Edmodo to motivate and encourage each other.
Kara P7 – Sumdog helped develop my maths skills and my resilience because I kept going and tried my best. Continue reading Sumdog Maths Challenge – Lochdonhead Winners
In January we started a Parent and Toddler Group at Lochdonhead Primary School. We have around 6 toddlers who come and enjoy playing and meeting with their friends, every Friday afternoon at the school. We asked the parents what they thought of the arrangement and they said, ‘Brilliant’, ‘There is a good variety of toys for them. Different things every week’, ‘It’s a lovely bright space for them to play’. Hopefully in the warmer weather, the toddlers will enjoy growing seeds in our greenhouse and making use of our lovely Gaelic Story Glen. It is great to have young members of our community enjoying the facilities of the school. Many thanks to Alison MacKenzie, Principal Teacher of Early Years, for providing a rich and interesting variety of resources to support our group.
On Thursday the 5th of March, Pupils at Lochdonhead Primary took part in an all-day sponsored read for World Book Day 2015.
The classroom was laid out with bean bags and cushions, and pupils came to school in their pyjamas to mark the occasion. The reading began at 9.30am and only stopped for break and lunch. Parents and teachers also read aloud to the class which was a lovely experience. All in all it was a fantastic day, and we would all love to do it again! Especially coming to school in our pyjamas!!!
“It was the best day of the term so far” – Ewan Callander P6
On Monday the 9th of December, we held a very festive community café in our school. We invited several guests along to do some Christmas craft demonstrations. We had Mike Swift doing wreath making using natural materials, Tricia Evans making gift boxes and prior to the event, Sue Dewar came in to do Christmas cake decorating with us, and we sold what we made with her at our café.
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On Monday the 7th of October, we held our second Community Café at our school. It was a huge success and many members of our community came to visit us. We sold lots of our handmade crafts including books, bookmarks, calendars and Christmas cards. The parents generously provided an abundance of cakes and biscuits to accompany the tea and coffee and it was lovely to catch up with the people who have supported us on our journey to becoming a successful business. Hopefully it will be just as busy next time when we will be holding our first community bingo game!
Lochdonhead Primary School has been very successful recently in two national competitions.
In June we were told that we were the winners of the Total Green School Award run by the Young People’s Trust. In our entry we recorded and reported all the work we have done over the year to improve our school grounds. The results were reported as ‘excellent and the judges were all extremely impressed’. Almost 44,500 children took part in the Award for 2013 which emphasises the scale of our achievement. We were given a certificate and a cheque for £500. Continue reading Lochdonhead Winners
The pupils and staff at Lochdonhead Primary School are delighted to hear that they are the winners of the Totally Active category for Scotland in the Total Green School Awards 2013. Our entry was about all the work we have done in our school grounds over the last year. We had to decide what we wanted to do with our grounds, work out how to achieve it, and we have ended up with a ‘story glen’ based on an old Gaelic tale ‘Iolaire Loch Treig’.
On Friday 26th April Lochdonhead Primary held a very successful daffodil tea morning. All the members of the public were invited to come along and participate in the various activities and sales. There was a baking stall, a plant sale where you could buy a variety of herbs and flowers, arts and crafts, a lucky dip, catch the duck competition and a raffle. All of this was held in the top classroom, while in the bottom classroom fresh cakes, teas and coffees were served. Continue reading Lochdonhead Primary Daffodil Tea
Lochdonhead Primary schools upper class have just completed a rainforest challenge. There were 3 challenges to choose from. We chose Food We Eat. It was very, very fun and exciting. We had to do a survey of before and after the challenge and had fantastic results: Continue reading Sky Rainforest Rescue School Challenge
The pupils of Lochdonhead Primary School have planned, resourced, gained funding, and overseen the development of their school playground, creating a story glen, based on an old Gaelic tale, Iolaire Loch Treig. The pupils have worked with various artists and they are even working with pupils in a secondary school in Harrogate, who are designing wooden story boards based on our children’s designs.
We now have a fantastic imaginative play area, including a willow dome with tunnels, a willow cave and a log ringed area.
On Monday 4th of March, the Tobermory Co-op manager, Brian MacLeod came to our school to talk to us about Fair-trade foods. It was very interesting.
Here are some of the facts:
• Sugar is the most popular Fair-trade food!
• Bananas are a separate category from the other fruit!
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