‘On Monday 20th March M.C and David came to visit our school. David was the camera man and organiser. M.C is a hip hop artist. He was a fun person who taught us how to do hip hop dancing and street poetry. He was brilliant at it! M.C told us what RAP means. It means Rhyming American Poetry. When we did street poetry I thought I’d be bad at it but it turned out to be great fun. We went up to the hall to do some hip hop dancing which was very cool. Everyone thought it was really brilliant. I hope he comes back again.’ By Adam Smith, P6 pupil.
P5-7 pupils at Strone Primary School were offered an after school technology workshop last week led by Mr Steven Simpson, a Modern Apprentice with Learning Technologies at Argyll House.
Two P6 pupils Adam Lawton and Adam Smith gave the following feedback –
‘We learnt how to programme a Spark Plus. It is like a little plastic orb that you can control from your iPad using the ‘Lightning Lab’ App. We learnt how to programme it to go in a square’
Pupils from Strone Primary School performed their Christmas Show ‘ Away with the Manger’ to a full house of parents, families and friends from the local community on Wednesday 14th December.
A nativity tale with a comic twist, ‘Away with the Manger’ gave the children a chance to show off their acting and singing talent, with some great comedy moments, which had the audience crying with laughter.
On Monday 28th November Kilmodan pupils joined Strone pupils for the day.
In the morning the children participated in a number of activities learning traditional Scottish songs, poetry and art.
P5-7 pupils have been working hard over the last few weeks with tutor Roddy to perfect their SAMBA Drumming performance for the rest of the school, complete with colourful masks the pupils made themselves.
P5-7 pupils at Strone Primary School enjoyed an overnight adventure to Oban Youth Hostel with outdoor activities provided by Stramash. The children explored Oban including visiting the local seafood stalls and relaxing on Ganavan Beach. An afternoon trip to the cinema was followed by a meal in a local restaurant. The adventure continued the next day with Gorge Walking and Climbing sessions delivered by Stramash. The fantastic weather also contributed towards a memorable experience for everyone. Continue reading Strone at Stramash!
P5-7 pupils enjoyed an action packed weekend at the PGL Dalguise Centre in Perthshire. Activities included canoeing, zip wire, climbing and abseiling, problem solving games and the giant swing which was everyone’s favourite. The fantastic weather was an extra bonus!
Strone Primary School pupils were delighted to work alongside Blairmore Village Trust to create 30 miniature gardens of wild flowers. The children worked really hard, asked many questions, and took great pleasure in planting up the miniature gardens. The wild flower seeds were supplied by “Your Scotland”; Morrison’s supplied us with their surplus polystyrene fish boxes which we recycled for planting; BVT supplied the compost and the children did the rest.
P1-4 pupils at Strone Primary School are involved in a 6 week Beach and Marine Litter Project with the GRAB Trust. The most interesting discovery so far is a Dogfish skeleton. Whilst exploring the beach the pupils are also making a positive difference by collecting sackfuls of beach litter.
On Friday 11th March the local Primary Schools took part in the first Cowal Sportshall Athletics Festival. This was held in the Games Hall at Dunoon Grammar School and was organised by Andy Trull and Active Schools. Each school team was made up of both boys and girls from P5 and P6. All the pupils took part in seven different events based around the themes of running, jumping and throwing. All the teams participated with great enthusiasm and there was an excited buzz throughout the whole morning.
A warm welcome was given to children’s author Simon Puttock when he spent the afternoon in school as part of his visit to Cowal.
Simon is the author of Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School which has just won the Bookbug Readers 3-7 years category at the Scottish Book Trust Awards.
Pupils and staff at Strone Primary School had great fun dressing up for World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. In assembly everyone was given the opportunity to show off their costumes and talk about their chosen book characters. Inspiration was taken from a wide range of books and a huge effort had been made by all. The children were given book tokens to encourage them to visit to our local bookshop Bookpoint, who have kindly donated a selection of books for the children to enjoy reading in school.
Strone Primary School signed up for the Argyll and Bute Young Leaders Award delivered by Andy Trull the Active Schools Co-ordinator. 10 pupils have just successfully completed the training. After looking at the qualities that a Young Leader should have the pupils looked in more detail about how to organise activity sessions and manage situations. They quickly learnt how to adapt activities and even to invent new games.
On the 5th of February P5-7 hosted a Gala Dinner at Napier’s restaurant where we cooked and served a scrumptious dinner for parents and friends.
The evening was the finale of our ‘Food for Thought‘ topic that was a great team effort. We created a lovely menu using local produce, which included smoked salmon, venison and apples. We served 36 guests in total on the night.
The end of term show at Strone Primary School was a battle between Pirates and Mermaids. Parents and family members were treated to an entertaining afternoon of comic performances and fantastic costumes.
With the Christmas holidays almost upon us, the children of St. Mun’s were joined by Strone, Innellan and Toward Primaries and really got into the festive spirit when they were treated to The Rainbow Theatre Group’s pantomime production, ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
The traditional fairy tale was retold by the wonderful cast, who had their entire audience, laughing, booing and singing popular ‘chart’ hits from beginning to end.
The P5-7 class enjoyed a look behind the scenes at Morrisons store in Dunoon, as part of their Food For Thought project. Pupils were given a tour of the food preparation areas, and found out about local produce and food journeys. They were also given a front of house experience on the check-out! Afterwards the pupils managed to fit in some carol singing to raise funds towards their residential next summer.