The whole school was invited to provide entertainment at the Blairmore Community Christmas Lunch. The children sang a selection of carols and our musicians played various Christmas tunes on the fiddle, clarinet and bagpipes.
On December 8th the P4-7 class at Strone Primary School went to West College in Greenock to practise their cooking skills in preparation for their Community Restaurant Evening at The Pier Hotel in Kilmun.
On Thursday the 26th November, Strone Primary School went to Winston Churchill’s to talk to them about venison and all the things that you can make from venison. We wanted to visit because we wanted to find local produce that we could use for our evening meal that we are cooking in The Pier Hotel in Kilmun in the New Year.
We had decided upon venison sausages and wanted to see how they are made and where they come from.
As part of our Food for Thought project the P1-3’s visited the James Duncan Café at Benmore Gardens to sample local produce and learn about sources of food and food journeys.
We received a warm welcome from all the staff who treated us to a delicious 3 course banquet of locally sourced dishes, including Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon and Braddan Rost with Black’s of Dunoon Oatcakes, Winston Churchill Venison Casserole and Burgers and Isle of Arran Ice-Cream with samples of home-baking from the café. Continue reading Benmore Banquet for Strone Primary School!
Cowal Primary Schools Golf Tournament took place at Blairmore and Strone Golf Club as part of Strone Primary School’s Health Week. Teams from Innellan, Toward, Sandbank, Strachur, Strone and Tighnabruaich took part in a fantastic event, organised in partnership with the golf club, Mrs Daw from Strone Primary School and Active Schools Co-ordinator Mr Andy Trull.
As part of their Food for Thought project, funded by Education Scotland, Strone Primary School took five P5-7 pupils, Mackenzie, Romily, Millie, Duncan and Theo to the Taste for Tourism Conference in Oban last week. Two other Argyll schools, Ulva Primary and Ardrishaig were also presenting work at the event. Strone pupils organised their own stall, with a presentation of their work about local produce, and took baskets of delicious Apple and Bramble flapjacks they had made, to sell at the event.
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On Thursday 5th November Active Schools in partnership with Strachur Primary School ran a football festival for P4 and P5 pupils from the smaller primary schools within Cowal, at Strachur Park. The event was well attended with teams from Strachur, Strone, Tighnabruaich, Lochgoilhead and Kilmodan Primary Schools. The competition was based on a round robin with all the teams playing each other. The pupils were all very excited as for many this would be their first competitive football playing against other schools.
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Last Week Strone Primary School held it’s annual Health Week. Amongst the activities on Monday was a “Ready, Steady Soup Challenge” where children had a morning to come up with a recipe, as well as prepare, cook and advertise their soup in time for a full school lunch to which family and friends were invited. A big thank-you to Morrisons and CO-OP in Dunoon, and the Walled Garden at Ardentinny for generous donations of fresh ingredients.
To celebrate Harvest time, Strone’s P5-7 class organised a Harvest Assembly for the school. Parents were invited to come along and bring a donation of food, which the children decided to donate to the Cowal Food Bank. The children had a fantastic response to this request, and last week P5-7 Class Teacher Fiona Maclean, Classroom Assistant Dorothy Brayshaw, and four Strone pupils visited the Cowal Food Bank on Kirk Street, to deliver our donations to staff member Jim Elsby.
On Friday 25th September we took six pupils from the P5-7 class to a Textile Workshop with artist Deirdre Nelson at the Burgh Hall Pop Up Gallery in Dunoon, as part of Craft Scotland’s Meet your Maker campaign. Deirdre showed us round the exhibition of textile art at the gallery, and then we were given the chance get creative, using embroidery techniques to make pictures of the local area.
The 2015 Rugby Festival for the Cowal primary schools was held on Thursday 3rd September at Dunoon Grammar School in glorious sunshine. The festival was extremely well attended with over 100 pupils taking part. All the schools had received a block of rugby coaching in the previous year through the partnership between Active Schools, the Rugby Development Officer Brendan McGroarty and Cowal Rugby Club. On the day a number of S6 students did an excellent job by helping to referee the games and coach the young players.
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With support from Education Scotland’s Food for Thought Funding, we aim to embed in our school community an understanding of food education which permeates all areas of school life, curriculum and home.
Last Thursday, Parents of Strone Primary School were invited to attend our Open Learning Evening, where pupils had a chance to show off their learning this term. As a culmination of this term’s Tuesday Afternoon Skills Clubs, Parents were treated to delicious Rocky Road and Fruit Kebabs prepared by the Cooking Club, a guided tour of our Pop Art Gallery by the pupils involved in the Art Club, and they were also able to see examples of work displayed by the Science and Technology and Music Clubs.
This term pupils at Strone Primary are studying Polar Regions as their Interdisciplinary Topic. As part of the experience they celebrated International Polar Bear Day! To help raise awareness of the effects of Global Warming and make a small difference to saving energy, the heating was turned down and children came to school dressed for a Polar Day, in fleeces and polar onesies.
A group of P6 and 7 pupils were lucky enough to attend the Scottish Book Awards Ceremony for the 8-11 age range, in Edinburgh on Wednesday 4th March. Before the ceremony they met some of the short listed authors and were able to get their books signed. The children were amazed at how young the winning author Alex McCall was. He had only left school three years previously and had been inspired himself by a visit to school by a Scottish Book Trust author!
Strone Primary enjoy the Marine Education Day
The P5-7 class attended the informative and creative Marine Education Day organised by the GRAB Trust in Dunoon. They enjoyed a variety of activities, having the opportunity to listen to sealife stories, find out about sharks and seabirds and even make their own jellyfish and marine mobiles.
P5-7 pupils have been developing their entrepreneurial skills this term. They organised a Bring and Buy Sale at school to recycle unwanted toys, games and books and raised £90.00 towards the transport costs of their residential trip to the PGL Centre at Dalguise in April. Pupils have also been running their own mini enterprises in school as part of the Micro-Tyco initiative. The idea of the initiative is to start a business with £1.00 and make as big a profit as possible in six weeks, which then gets donated to charity. The P5-7 businesses include selling soft drinks at breaktime, selling used books, and selling sweets at afternoon break.
On Friday 30th January Strone Primary School Parent Council organised their annual Burns Supper held in the Kilmun Younger Hall. The event was well attended by families and members of the local community, who were treated to a great evening of entertainment by the P5-7 class and a delicious meal cooked by Mrs Rodger, our school cook.
Strone Primary P5-7 pupils were invited by Morrisons to go carol singing in the Dunoon store and entertained their customers over lunchtime with some traditional Christmas tunes. The pupils were raising money towards transport costs for their outdoor residential next April. Pupils from Strone Primary School also went shopping at Morrisons for their Christmas Party food, and used their Maths skills to work out the best deals for their budget. Continue reading Carol Singing and Maths in Morrisons!