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.
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.Continue reading »
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.
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. Continue reading »
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.
Luss Primary School are the Scottish Champions of this year’s Total Green Award. Over the past five years Luss has won the Totally Clued-up Category three times and on a fourth occasion was awarded a Special Award created for them because their work was of such a high standard.
John Logie Baird Primary School and Pre Five Unit have been celebrating their success at the Scottish Education Awards 2016. They were delighted to be a top 3 finalist in the Learning through Technologies category at this year’s event. Judges from Education Scotland visited the school back in April and spoke to pupils, staff, parents and members of the community who were involved in their hugely successful Oscars Night and their innovative new Improving and Achieving report –
Inspired by the Team GB ‘Get Set for Rio’ challenge, Primary 7/6 started regular running in September to try to cover the distance of 9450 km from Tarbert to Rio de Janeiro before the Olympic Games start there this summer.
Easdale Primary school held a vey successful open afternoon on Wednesday
22nd. The whole school have been researching its history and have
contacted past pupils to find out where they are, what they are doing
and what memories they had of the school. They mapped where these people
now lived.They delved into its history through log books and old
registers, had past pupils visiting, learned about evacuees and the
island’s social history.
Starting on the 13th of June Taynuilt Primary did a whole school project on the Olympic Games. Primary four to seven were organised into groups of 3 to 4 children by the teachers, with a p4, p5, p6 and p7 members of each group depending on the number of children in each group. The groups each chose specialist areas to research in order to find out about the Ancient Greek Olympics and the Ancient Greek World.
This year the summer reading challenge is entitled ‘Big Friendly Read” and starts on Saturday 2nd July in Oban Library. Visit bigfriendlyread.org.uk for full info or click on the image below to read the leaflet…….Continue reading »
On the 1st of June 2016, eleven pupils from Dunoon Grammar School took part in the Scottish Disability Sports National Junior Athletics tournament in Grangemouth. Competitors came from all over the country to race and take part in a great variety of sports. This is the sixth time that DGS pupils have participated.