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Port Charlotte Primary has been recognised with a prestigious national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport. Our school has achieved the sportscotland Silver School Sport Award for our commitment to engaging all pupils in sporting activity. It’s great that we have been awarded the sportscotland Silver School Sport Award. Our staff work incredibly hard to deliver a range of physical education and well done to the children for their continued participation in physical activity and sport which are important factors in the school curriculum.


Orienteering Extravaganza at Port Ellen

Port Ellen Orienteeing 1  June 2016On Wednesday 1st June P3/4 and P5-7 children from Port Ellen Primary were joined by classes from Port Charlotte and Bowmore Primary Schools for a festival of orienteering organized by Lynne Walker of the Scottish Orienteering Association and Rona Young, the PE Development Officer from Argyll & Bute Council.

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Islay Rock Map

Islay Rock Map 1The pupils of Port Charlotte Primary school have been learning about the fascinating geology of Islay. We were very lucky to have the help of local geologist David Webster for our project. David took us on field trips to every corner of the island and we learned lots of interesting facts about Islay’s geology and how the rocks which make up this amazing island were formed;

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‘Groundforce Day – Port Charlotte Pre 5’…

Groundforce day Port CharlotteParents, children, staff and members of the local community have been hard at work this weekend developing our Pre 5 outdoor area. There was a great turnout and we are looking forward to day 2! The children and parents have planned the different areas they would like to have, these include a ‘Dig pit’, ‘Magical den’, ‘Story stage’ and ‘Mud kitchen’. Here’s to a great start to outdoor learning!

Breakthrough Bake Off at Port Charlotte!

Pictured are children at Port Charlotte school dressed in pink for our recent Breakthrough Breast Cancer Bake Sale. All the children in the school and pre5 unit had spent the week baking a variety of delicious goodies and on the Friday members of the local community were invited into the school for tea and a cake sale. Over forty visitors came and enjoyed our cakes and a display of individual project work by P3/4/5. We were delighted with the fantastic amount of £349 which we raised for Breakthrough and we’d like to thank everyone who helped with baking and donations

Islay Schools Band Concert

Last Thursday 27th March Islay Schools Bands held a fantastic concert, normally it is only the High School Band and the Primary Schools Band (children from all Primaries on Islay & Jura) but a brand new after school Band was formed last year to give younger children a chance to begin learning an instrument from Primary 3. They are called “Ceol na Cloinne” (Music of the Children) and they meet at Islay High School every Friday. This was only their second concert and although there were a few’ butterflies’ they played excellently and did themselves proud! Continue reading Islay Schools Band Concert

Bright Sparks at Small Isles Primary

This term the P5-7 children in all the primary schools on Islay and Jura are learning about science and technology. We have been learning about electrical circuits, creating electronic devices, simple programming and discussing the links to real life technologies.

The P5-7s from Keills came to Jura on the 4th March for a technology challenge day, where we shared what we had been learning and had lots of fun! Here’s a few thoughts about the day. Continue reading Bright Sparks at Small Isles Primary

Together Again!

On Wednesday 5th of March Keills and Small Isles Primary travelled down to Port Charlotte School to do some team building challenges.

First we were put into teams and it was good because the groups had children from different schools. This meant we could make new friends. The first challenge we did was a dragon game. I liked it because you had to communicate with lots of different children. We had to try and catch the other teams’ dragon tails. It was great fun.

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Porridge! At Port Charlotte

When a crime wave hit the Nursery Rhinns, there was a caseload of mysteries to be solved! Who stole Ma Hubbard’s recipe book? Who kidnapped Marigold the cow? Who nicked a peck of pickled peppers? And what dirty secret was Papa Bear hiding behind his Porridge empire? It was down to Private Detective Jack Spratt to uncover the terrifying truth in this tale of mystery, mayhem and breakfast cereal!

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Grandparents Day at Port Charlotte

Primary 1/2/3 pupils waited eagerly for the arrival of their very special guests. The children were looking forward to sharing what they had found out about family structures then and now. Lots of activities were planned and delivered by the children. Through interviewing grandparents they found out lots of information about the past. The day began with a ‘Grandma Rap’ which was so well received it had to be sung twice. They presented a portrait, painted by themselves, of a grandparent and delivered a first class talk about their grandparents’ memories of the past. Continue reading Grandparents Day at Port Charlotte

P6/7 Teamwork at Keills Primary

P6/7 pupils from Port Charlotte, Keills and Small Isles came together at Keills Primary School on 13th November, to rekindle friendships after their very successful trip to Oban in September. The children had been corresponding by letter/e-mail since the trip; however with some planning, organisation and good weather we were all able to come together again last Wednesday. The morning started with some fun team games where we all got to know each other better. Continue reading P6/7 Teamwork at Keills Primary

Islay and Jura Schools Stramash

The P6/7 children from Islay and Jura had a fantastic four days from 24th – 27th September with the Stramash Team, in and around Oban. A brilliant range of activities including coasteering, archery, dinghy sailing and climbing, challenged everyone (including the staff!). The Stramash staff supported us all to do our best, and the team at the Oban YHA looked after us brilliantly. New friendships were made and others rekindled after the Stirling Trip in May. We’re looking forward to lots of shared learning over the rest of this session.

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Port Charlotte at Mod Dhalriada

Mòd Dhailriada 2013

On the 21st of September we went to the Lochgilphead Mòd for a day trip. The choir went to sing in the unison competition and the puirt a beul. We came third in the unison competition and in the puirt a beul we came joint first along with Bowmore Primary School.

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Scottish Mathematical Challenge!

Big congratulations to the pupils of Port Charlotte Primary School who took part in the Scottish Mathematical Challenge. Euan travelled to Glasgow to be awarded with his Silver certificate and James, Ciarron, Lily Ann and Joseph all won Bronze certificates. The challenge involved independently solving sets of mathematical problems throughout the year. Fantastic work all of you!

Macmillan Dress up and Dance Day

On Friday the 21st of June everyone at Port Charlotte Primary arrived at school dressed up in their favourite dance outfits. P3/4 went to all the classes, collected the £2 donation to Macmillan Cancer Care then totalled the amount. We raised an amazing £122.56. Thank you Macmillan your dance DVD was fun. The assembly on Friday began with a whole school warm up dance session following the movements that we had learnt during the week. Each class also performed a class dance to their own choice of music.
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Port Charlotte learn about the Lords of the Isles

On Thursday the 16th of May Port Charlotte School went on an excellent trip to Finlaggan and Dunyveg. P5/6/7 went with Mr Mackie, Mrs MacTaggart, Mrs McLellan and Mrs Coughlin. We went because our topic is the Lords of the Isles and we wanted to know more about them.
We found out that the Lords of the Isles were only MacDonalds, they could not be MacLeans. Women couldn’t be Lords of the Isles either in those days. They ruled right down the west coast.

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Islay and Jura Primary Schools Trip to Stirling

All the P6/7 children of Islay and Jura got together for a fantastic trip to Stirling last week! New friendships were made and old ones were resurrected as the children spent four days together learning about the history of Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument as well as enjoying the engineering wonder of the Falkirk Wheel! The views over Stirling were magnificent.

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New Band on the Block

A brand new after school Wind Band ”Ceol Na Cloinne”(Music of the Children) for Primary 3 & 4 children has been formed on the Isle of Islay; they meet every Friday at 4.00 pm at Islay High School and they are already making some great sounds. The young musicians come from every Primary School on the island and they really enjoy making music together.

Roman Master Class at Port Charlotte

Today our teacher took a back seat and let us teach our parents and guests in the community all about the Romans. We worked in our cooperative groups to plan and organise this event which meant doing lots of research about Roman Food, Roman Numerals, Roman Games and Roman Mosiacs. We had 10 minutes at each station to teach our guests about each topic. Some of the things that we did were playing the games of Rota and Knuckles, eating a six course feast and recording our thoughts in a taste book, creating a joint mosaic and trying to work out roman numerals through playing dice games. By P3/4 Continue reading Roman Master Class at Port Charlotte

Equipment Galore

Last summer the children of Port Charlotte Primary School worked hard in a variety of sponsored events to raise money for athletic and PE equipment.  P1-2 skipped none stop in lots of skipping activities and P3-7 completed an orienteering challenge in the local area.  The two events raised nearly £700.  Only some of the equipment is pictured with the children as we couldn’t fit it all in!  Thank you to everyone who supported the school in this sporting venture.  The children and staff are looking forward to using the new equipment.