On the 4th of June the P7’s went to climb up Criffel with Mr A, Mr Fitzgerald and Mrs Fitzgerald. First we got a mini bus from Brydekirk all the way to the bottom of Criffel. When we started to climb it was quite cool because there was a big stream going down the entire hill. It got a bit harder the further we went up and very steep. Then we got to the top. Not long after we had about finished lunch and all took a lot of pictures (see above). We soon found out that it would be a lot harder than we thought: the new path (that was fine going up) was only gravel and we all just kept slipping but after a few brakes we made it down. After we went to Drumuir Ice Cream Parlour for some ice cream – there were loads of flavours to choose from. Finally, we got on the mini bus and drove back to school before the bell rang. We had an amazing trip up Criffel!
We headed for Dumfries and started the day at Dumfries Museum where the staff Tom and Carolyn gave us a really warm welcome. They very kindly opened the Camera Obscura for us, the oldest one in the world. We were amazed to see the streets of Dumfries come alive on the disc in front of us, cars and buses driving down the street and dogs doing what dogs do in verges out near the big Tesco. We could even look into people’s gardens and see their washing hanging out.
We were able to take part in a treasure hunt around the galleries and had great fun finding all the clues and working out the solutions.
The little class were able to see many items they had recently been learning about in the Victorians topic. The Victorian dolls were a wee bit scary!
The museum had a dinosaur exhibition going on which was a great hit.
When our time was up we made our way on foot to the new Catherine Street play park. We had our picnic lunches there and managed to dodge the rain showers. The park is amazing and the brand new equipment was so much fun to use.
The big class were then in for another treat as they went off on a walking tour of the Dumfries Bridges: Lauren one of our parents and an engineer very kindly agreed to lead the trip, her knowledge was amazing and she made the walk very interesting.
Both classes then rendezvoused at the Whitesands where our driver Kim was waiting to whisk us safely back to Brydekirk.
A great big thank you to all involved in making this a memorable day for all the right reasons. The staff were rightly proud of how our students conducted themselves throughout the whole day.
The P7s undertook a challenge today: to climb Criffel.
Alongside Mr Archibald and volunteer extraordinaire Mr Fitzgerald, they started the walk just after 10am. Despite a few early showers the P7s made good time and were at the top before midday, just as the cloud broke, revealing a lovely view. As we were back down in time, we all went for an ice cream on the way home, well done all.
All present P4-7 pupils took part in the annual Small Schools Sportshall Athletics Qualifying Event at Moffat Academy this morning. All participants did their best in the indoor track and field events competing against the the other small schools in Annandale and Eskdale, well done.
Primary 1 to 4 children went on a trip to Tesco last Thursday as part of the Farm to Folk initiative. The children were made very welcome by the Tesco staff. They had a great time and got to make bread, doughnuts and their own fruit dessert.