In 2011 CAST renovated and relaunched an important art collection held within our schools and every year we run a successful writing competition using the collection as inspiration. The competition for 2016 is now OPEN and we are delighted to announce it has continued support from Scottish Book Trust. There will be first, second and third prizes of books for pupils. The winning pupil’s school will also receive £250 worth of books. Winning pieces will be posted online as part of the Argyll Collection website and on SAL. This year’s theme is ‘Getting Up To Mischief’ and we are focussing on four paintings. These paintings are held within different Scottish collections and represent children at play. Click TAC competition 2016 for full info and TAC writing competition images for the paintings on their own. GOOD LUCK!
Salen Primary School and ELCC pupils and staff had a lovely surprise during this year’s Giant Walking Bus. A vintage Model T Ford was sitting broken down in the car park. No sooner had we stopped to stare when lots of vintage Model T Fords drove through the village (slowly, of course) with drivers and passengers tooting and waving. After the other cars had passed the owners of the broken down car invited everyone to come and have a closer look.
Salen Primary School Mainstream and Gaelic Primary 7s enjoyed a wonderful graduation dinner at The Galleon Grill in Tobermory. They were accompanied by their teachers, Mrs MacCrone and Miss Chase, and Head Teacher, Miss MacLean. The Galleon Grill presented the pupils with specially printed menus to mark the occasion which they all took away with them. A great night was had by all. We send the young people our very best wishes and hopes for the future.
Salen Primary School pupils held a daffodil lunch to raise funds for Marie Curie. They were delighted to present one of our parents, Louise Scarlett, with a cheque for £400. An additional £116 was raised by holding a collection at the end of term service and the pupils requested that this also be donated to Marie Curie.
Salen Primary School was proud to represent the island nation of Kiribati for Island Sports Day. The pupils researched the competing nations before deciding to adopt Kiribati who had only one competitor travelling to Rio. Staff and pupils joined in the opening ceremony parade dressed in Kiribati colours.
Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education news and updates are now available on SALi
Kodu is a game application developed by Microsoft to introduce young people to computer games design. The visual programming language allows students to design and build 3 dimensional games. Kodu helps young people to learn the core concepts of computer science through a project approach which includes narrative writing, design and maths and programming skills.
Click here to view the Kodu Resources.
The In-Reach/Out-Reach team at Parklands School in Helensburgh will be holding informal open afternoons from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th September from 3.30pm – 4.30pm.
Feel free to pop in to find out and chat to us about the various intervention programmes on offer to children within Mainstream schools, as well as taking a look at our planning, resources and classroom set-up.
I am delighted to be taking forward the role of Acting Head of Education in Argyll and Bute. As many of you know I have spent all of my educational career in Argyll and Bute and am strongly committed to ensuring our young people get the best opportunities they can. I came into Education as a Primary Teacher in 1982 wanting to make a difference for the young people in my class. My focus today is the same only it is now about making a difference for all of the young people in Argyll and Bute.
Take a look at the recent edition of the Argyll & Bute 1+2 Languages Newsletter. This latest edition is full of useful information for practitioners. You can learn about all the resources for teaching languages which are available within the authority. You can also find out who can provide training and support for teaching languages.
The competition is open for entries with great new themes to get you started in this fourteenth year of the competition. With lots of prizes to win and fun inspiring themes for nursery, lower and upper primary, secondary and special education schools we hope you enjoy looking at, talking about and finally making your own art. You can download details of each category, entry forms and applications for vouchers for free art materials or workshops from the categories on the website. All winning artworks will be framed and exhibited at the National Galleries of Scotland and feature in a colourful calendar posted to every school in Scotland.
Technology Showcase – On Saturday 7 May 2016 around 300 primary pupils from across Helensburgh and Lomond attended a technology showcase event with parents.
The aim of the event was to help equip young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to turn computing ideas into concepts, showcase what can be created through technology and provide additional exciting computer science related learning opportunities.
Dunoon Primary held their prizegiving ceremony today at St John’s Church. The church was full of proud parents as the trophies were distributed to the pupils. The choir sang two songs to a delighted audience. Mrs Stewart gave her address speech to the crowd and spoke of the school year and all our fantastic achievements. The PTA gave out calculators and framed pictures of the P7 leavers dance and Mr Taylor of the Rotary Club gave out dictionaries to all the P7 pupils.
A fantastic sum of £1276.88 was raised for Cancer Research UK as a result of the Race for Life held last week. Children, staff, parents and grandparents all joined in for a memorable afternoon on Kinloch Green. We were very grateful to the Campbeltown branch of Tesco for donating all the bottles of water for the event. The Primary 7s helped by encouraging and running with younger classes.
Campbell McCrae and Glynn Harvey (P7)
On Thursday 23rd June 2016 Bowmore Primary School held a sponsored Race for Life event to raise money for Cancer Research UK. As well as the race, there was face painting, nail painting, ice lollies for sale and we dressed up in pink & blue. Each class set off running their laps around the football pitch. P1/2 did at least one lap, P3/4 did three laps and P5-7 did five laps. But everyone did more laps than they were asked!
On the 21st June 2016, 22 Classroom and Additional Support Needs Assistants received certificates for the SQA Professional Development Award (PDA) in Education Support Assistance in a ceremony held in the Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray.
Roslyn Redpath, Principal Educational Psychologist, presented the certificates on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council and congratulated the candidates on their hard work and commitment.
As part of her 90th Birthday celebrations, the Queen attended many functions and parties. Here at Rosneath Primary School, we took the opportunity to join in the celebrations with our very own Tea Party for Her Majesty. As you can tell by the faces (some of which had to be “scrubbed clean”) the whole School was very proud to come together to “devour” enthusiastically (but minding manners, of course) a lovely spread provided by Mrs Johnson (our Catering Supervisor) and her Staff.
Recently, as part of their R.M.E. Topic on Celebrations, P3/2 at Rosneath Primary School decided to make then send 90th Birthday Cards to the Queen. The children had great fun putting their own personal touch to their cards.
Never in their wildest dreams did they think the Queen would remember their cards out of all the millions that were sent.