Leadership in St Andrew’s is seamless from the staff to the pupils! Our P6/7 Superheroes are supporting our youngest children to be familiar with their new laptop. All children across the school now have their own device. The technological methodology is an integral part of our children’s learning.
Today is Victory in Europe Day and a very proud moment in St Andrew’s history as our P6/7 children were invited to attend the memorial service, the reflection on the sacrifice of so many, and the twinning of Bute branch of Royal British Legion with Skipton British Legion.
Curriculum for Excellence came to life for our children in a very real and meaningful way, as they marched, prayed and honoured the fallen and those left to entrust their memory on to a new generation.
The first Family Learning Event of 2019 was held at St Andrew’s Primary School on Monday 18th March. Parents, grandparents and siblings joined pupils in a fun-filled family line dance session run by our own Miss Walker. Everyone had a marvellous time learning a new skill whilst improving fitness and general health & wellbeing. Pupils and parents are already asking for another session.
JASS is our award for our young people. This award is progressive, with increasing commitment, learning and challenge at each level and all our children are taking part in this scheme. Parents, staff and pupils alike look forward to their Friday JASS sessions covering the four sections – My Interests; Get Active, Stay Active; Me and My World and Adventure. JASS is fully inclusive and our children have developed greater self confidence, self assuredness and (most importantly) enjoyment!
St Andrew’s Pupils in P3/4/5 took part in a project organised by Mount Stuart resident artist, Malcolm Mackenzie. The project saw the children decorating pieces of wood which Malcolm used to make a boat. They wrote letters detailing what their island means to them, the things they love about living on Bute. Rothesay Primary and North Bute Primary took part too. The pupils attended the boat launch at Mount Stuart and class teacher Miss Rae said that it was “A celebration of community, commonality and sharing amazing outdoor spaces”.
St Andrew’s Primary School changed front their usual blue uniform to a red takeover for Red Nose Day! Pupils and staff all wore either red or fancy dress of their choice to have some fun while raising money for Comic Relief. Pupils brought in a donation for the chance to dress up. At the school’s assembly, pupils in P 1/2/3 shared with the rest of the school where the comic relief money goes- showing the results of their research that included the provision of schools, immunisations and other medicines for children in areas of Africa. They pupils then enjoyed a disco in the afternoon with biscuits for sale! Altogether the school managed to raise £191.75 for the charity.
We also had experts in school who worked with our P 5-7s. Scientists from Edinburgh University and Heriot-Watt University worked with us on a Seabeasties project finding out about the beasties that live off our Scottish coasts. Pupils made nets to catch plankton and viewed findings through smartphone microscopes.
St Andrew’s Primary School marked World Book Day 2017 by having a Bedtime Story Day. The school’s Pupil Council organised the day that included the pupils (and staff) wearing pyjamas! The pupils were busy with lots of different literacy based activities including shared reading, where pupils from older classes read bedtime stories to younger children and younger children showcased their reading skills for their older peers. Pupils also had the chance to buy a new book at the book fair organised for the day.
This week, St Andrew’s Primary School’s pupils and staff were delighted to be awarded their fourth Eco Schools Green Flag. Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and is designed to encourage whole-school action on sustainable development education issues. The Green Flag Award is an internationally-recognised symbol of excellence in sustainable development education.
The sportscotland Gold School Sport Award was presented to staff and pupils last month, by Lorna Jackson (sportscotland Partnership Manager).
Pupils at St. Andrew’s Primary School treated their parents and parishioners to an afternoon of poetry, song, dance and art on St. Andrew’s Day. The celebration of teaching and learning was the culmination of a weeklong learning journey by each class exploring all things Scottish.
Primary 6/7 shared their learning about the life and times of our national bard, Robert Burns, and sang a beautiful rendition of Leezie Lindsay before encouraging school mates and parents to join in with the rousing Charlie is My Darling.
Pupils at St Andrew’s Primary have been helping to pilot digital art projects using paint.net. They have been improving their creative technology skills to search, store, manilpulate images and tell stories. St George’s Day on Thursday inspired a dragon invasion across Bute for P4/5. This dragon was spotted by Erin, of Mrs Spencer’s P4/5 class, on the lawn at Mount Stuart another was seen by Emma attacking an ogre at the Winter Gardens!
The Christmas Story was retold by pupils in Primary 1/2 in St Andrew’s Primary School for an audience of family and friends. Pupils in P 2/3 helped out by warming-up the audience with some Christmas songs, providing narrators and designing posters to help advertise the show. The evening was concluded with the school choir, made up of pupils from P 4-7, leading a sing-a-long of Christmas favourites! It definitely helped put everyone in the mood for Christmas!
Pupils of St Andrew’s Primary hand-made Christmas tree decorations to take part in the United Church of Bute’s Christmas Tree Decorating Competition. The theme for the tree was ‘The Stars in the Bright Sky Looked Down Where He Lay’. Decorations included stars made from dough, painted white and silver; silver paper snowflakes strung on white wool and pasta painted silver with smaller stars strung together. Figures of the Nativity were hand-crafted out of dough and sat beneath the tree, with a hand-made angel on top.
St Andrew’s Primary School’s Third Green Flag!
St Andrew’s Eco Committee met with Paula Love, the Eco Schools Assessor, and informed her of all the hard work put in by the pupils, staff, parents and community members to maintain the Eco School status. After an initial meeting to discuss what has been happening in our school, from weekly litter picking duties to organised days like UNICEF’s Day of Change, the Eco Committee sang our Eco Code; complete with the newly choreographed actions.
Friday 1 November 2013 will go down in the history of St Joseph’s Primary School as a monumental day as The Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow visited the school to say a special Mass. Archbishop Tartaglia was there not only to celebrate All Saints Day but also as a culmination of the school’s Year of Faith activities.
This year was the Year of Faith in the Catholic church where many opportunities were created to celebrate our faith worldwide. The four denominational schools in Argyll and Bute of St. Andrew’s Rothesay, St Columba’s, Oban, St. Mun’s Dunoon and St. Joseph’s Helensburgh collaborated on a project to create the Argyll and Bute children’s year of faith prayer as follows: