The boys and girls of Primary 1 brought a fabulous ‘Noisy Nativity’ to the United Church of Bute on Wednesday 14th December. The whole school joined in with all the songs with such gusto that Rev Jones said the roof nearly came off the church! Our P7 narrators helped keep everything on track and we all ooohed as the kings presented their gifts to the baby Jesus.
Book Week Scotland at Rothesay Joint Campus This year when the Bookbug Primary 1 Family bags arrived, they were taken away by S2 who planned a series of lessons to bring the books alive. With Mrs Sullivan and Mr Gault to help, the pupils got together to read the stories and do follow up activities to help really understand the characters and the different story lines.
Rothesay Primary School held their first ever Eco day on Monday 9th May. It was a huge success. The Eco committee worked with teachers to organise lots of different activities and all 255 pupils took part. Some of the favourite things were making (and eating) fruit kebabs, making bird feeders, parachute games, Eco art, making Earth mobiles, and singing Eco songs. We also picked up every scrap of litter from the playground. The whole school learned about the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainability, too. Continue reading Rothesay Primary School Eco Day
Christmas Party Time at Rothesay Primary Last week was party season at Rothesay Primary and what fun we had! Primary 7 from across the island, came together in the Joint Campus to share their party; they danced the night away at this, their first transition event, as they look forward to starting S1.
Last week everyone had a spooktacular time at Rothesay Primary. Primary 4 – 7 had a special disco arranged by the Parent Fundraising Group. There was a tuck shop, light up toys, prizes for best-dressed and best scary mover to tunes by DJ Chrissy! The secondary XL Group came along too with special sweetie boxes shaped like coffins they had made for us. Then at 8.00pm the Spooky Corridor opened for those who dared to walk along it (nearly everyone!). Thanks to all the staff and S5 and 6 pupils who were in the corridor – it was fab!
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Rothesay Primary and Academy came together in a fantastic production of Beauty and the Beast. Rehearsals began early this year. With performances on 16th 17th and 18th of June. Pupils and staff planned , prepared and performed together under the directorship of Primary teacher Julie Henry. Thanks go to all who helped, Art and Technical departments among many more.
Everyone at Rothesay Joint Campus took part in a host of events on Friday to raise money for Red Nose Day. In the Primary, P6-7 and P7 organised various activities including ‘red nose and spoon’ races, beat the goalie, face painting, hair/nail salon, dress-up karaoke, cupcake decorating, ‘red nose’ treasure hunts, sponge the teacher and a power hoop challenge. Red noses were sold throughout the school.
Senior pupils decided they wanted to brighten up the school building. They have been doing some amazing window Art at the front of the building and are now getting requests from classrooms all around the school.
Rothesay Academy Pupils Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery On Monday the 19th of January S3 and S4 Art and Design students from Rothesay Academy visited the Kelvingrove Art Galleries in Glasgow. It was a fantastic day out taking in the splendour of one of Glasgow’s most magnificent and best loved buildings bathed, as it was, in glorious winter sunshine!
On the evening of Thursday 4th December, Bute Rotary Club held its “Young Musician of the Year” competition. We are delighted that two pupils from Rothesay Academy won their respective categories. S3 pupil, Layla Templeton won the vocal section after performing two well-known songs: “Ae fond kiss” and Abba’s “Thank you for the Music”. Meanwhile S5 pupil, Michael Sweeney won the instrumental category for saxophone. Michael’s chosen pieces were “Myopic Mice” and “Strimpellata”. We wish both our musicians well for the next stage of the contest.
Following a competitive selection process, S6 Rothesay Academy School Captain, Marjorie Hogarth has gained a place on the prestigious Euroscola visit to Strasbourg and the European Parliament in March 2015. Marjorie will spend a week in Strasbourg and will have the opportunity to attend multilingual presentations in the parliament building alongside students from other European countries. In addition to attending debates, the students will have the opportunity to vote on European issues and gain a deeper insight into topical issues. For Marjorie who has been offered a place at university to study French this is a wonderful opportunity to develop her language skills and prepare for her future studies.
P5/6 have been studying the Victorians this term and we have found that Rothesay was very much developed by the Victorians. We worked with Paul Duffy from Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage to explore the town. We studied maps from as early as the 1350s to see the changes in Rothesay. We all went out for a walk around town with Paul to see all the Victorian influences. Continue reading Victorians in Rothesay
Rothesay Joint Campus Eco Committee was invited to Edinburgh last week to discuss the findings of their enquiry into school toilets. The enquiry, ‘Flushed With Success’ was initiated by Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People and sounded just the sort of thing we would like to get our teeth into (in a manner of speaking!).
Over the last session we have conducted surveys about the Rights of the Child, questionnaires, created power points, had a poster campaign and uncovered the good, the bad and the ugly about school toilets!
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Rothesay Academy recently held an assembly in partnership with the Baird of Bute Society to announce the winners of The Inaugural Baird of Bute Canadian Scholarship. This scholarship has been organised by Mr Chris Markwell of the Baird of Bute Society, and will commence on the 18th of May for three weeks.
This years’ winners are Bonnie Caldwell and Joshua McFadden. They will spend three weeks in Canada and will be working with Professor Patrick Gunning at his lab in the University of Toronto.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead on Education and Lifelong learning, Councillor Aileen Morton, has added her congratulations to Rothesay Academy pupil Daniel McDermott who has been offered a much sought-after place at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow.
Daniel, who is a member of the National Youth Band of Scotland and plays with the Inveraray District Pipe Band, will study for a BA degree in Scottish Music and Bagpiping. Continue reading Rothesay Academy pupil off to Conservatoire
Scots author Alan Bissett visited most of our secondary schools recently, delivering readings and hosting workshops.
The author of Boyracers, Pack Men, Death of a Ladies’ Man and The Incredible Adam Spark, who was brought up in Falkirk, spoke to S3-S6 pupils about what had inspired him to write his books. Alan, born in 1975, had his first novel published in 2001, and has also written two solo plays, a one-woman show and a short documentary, as well as numerous projects in collaboration with other artists. Continue reading Author tours Argyll & Bute secondary schools.
Children from all 3 Bute Primary schools defended Rothesay Castle from an invasion by Vikings on 28th September.
Primary 7 pupils had prepared costumes, and weapons to use on the day.
The Vikings arrived by Longboat and quickly stormed the Castle. A fierce battle followed but Bute emerged victorious and celebrated with a torchlit procession and fabulous firework display. Continue reading Viking Invasion Thwarted on Bute!
On Friday 7th June, Primary 6 of Rothesay Primary School were in for a treat when we were served a delicious lunch made by the wonderful school kitchen at the joint campus. We had won a menu competition as part of the eatBute festival last month/ the competition was judged by Jeremy Lee, presented of the Great British Menu. Jeremy, who loved going around the country, was at Mount Stuart for the prize giving and to teach people about foraging. Continue reading Rothesay Primary winners dine with style.
Pupils from Primary 4-7 of Rothesay Primary School took part in a 12 hour sponsored lock in at their school! Activities on offer were: a nail salon, cupcake decorating, a hair salon, football on the astro, SingStar in the GP Room, pancake making in the Home Ec department, trampolining, table tennis, computer suite and arts & crafts. We watched a film on the big screen in the assembly hall together before heading to bed – in the classrooms!
Rothesay Primary recently presented Primary 2 with their special teddies. The teds are special because there is nothing they like better that a good book! The children and their parents and carers have all promised to look after their bears by reading them at least one book per week and remembering to change the books every week at the library.