School Closed

Today was a big day for everyone as we’ve all been working really hard in preparation for our little school closing, in line with all of the other schools in Britain.

I’d like to thank all of the Staff, Pupils and Parents involved this week, we pulled together to try to prepare for something that we’ve never done before. We’ll continue learning next week, just not at school and not all together.

The P7s were fantastic today and even baked their best shortbread yet. They also got ready incase this was their last day at Brydekirk Primary. I really hope it’s not and that we get a chance to send Helayna and Ami off properly as they deserve, they’ve been brilliant.

This was probably Dan and Izzy’s last day too. Good luck you guys, I would have loved to have taught you.

It might also be Miss Irvine’s last day too, and I never even said anything at the end of the day. Apologies Miss Irvine but I think our last afternoon with the kids was great fun playing Duck-Duck-Goose, Crocodiles and Monkeys, racing and even outdoor Dodge Ball. Again, I really hope we get back before the summer to finish off an excellent year and to say goodbye to you.

We had a wee blether at the end of the day and I decided to end on Burns. Auld Lang Syne didn’t seem right today so we did a one take wonder on a song we learned earlier in the term. Scots Wha Hae is the address to the troops before the Battle of Bannockburn, imagined by Burns and turned into song. Although it’s about the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 14th century, and Scotland, the UK and the world has changed enormously since, the idea of rallying the troops to a worthy, approaching cause resonates:

     Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
     Scots, wham Bruce has aften led;
     Welcome to your gory bed,
              Or to victory!
     Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
     See the front o’ battle lour;
     See approach proud Edward’s power—
              Chains and slavery!
     Wha will be a traitor knave?
     Wha can fill a coward’s grave!
     Wha sae base as be a slave?
              Let him turn and flee!
      Wha for Scotland’s king and law
      Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
      Freeman stand, or freeman fa’,
              Let him follow me!
      By oppression’s woes and pains!
      By your sons in servile chains!
      We will drain our dearest veins,
               But they shall be free!
      Lay the proud usurpers low!
      Tyrants fall in every foe!
      Liberty’s in every blow!—
              Let us do or die!
Robert Burns, 1793
Education is what will liberate us. We’re all going to endeavour through these times, learning together despite being apart and supporting one another. We’ll be back.
Take care one and all,
Mr A

Sportshall Athletics at Moffat

Here are some pics from the pupils that made it to Sportshall Athletics at Moffat on Friday. P4-7 have been working hard on their fitness and technique in the different track and field events in PE for most of the term and performed really well. Well done to all who made the trip and a special mention to Finbarr who arrived early on Friday with his gear incase we needed him. As some pupils who had been absent returned on the day Finbarr couldn’t make the trip (the bus was limited) but he’ll get to come next time. Also, thanks to our volunteer Mr Fitzgerald who helped to run an efficient team.

Criffel P7 Challenge

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.

 

Eels in the Classroom

A week last Friday the P7s and a bonus P5 represented the school and the Eels in the Classroom Project at the Johnstonebridge Community Centre, after school. One of the P7s made a speech about her experience which I have shared below, and which contains an important message. Hannah is dressed as Roald Dahl ‘s Matilda for good measure!

Mr Mac’s Last Day

It’s Mr Mac’s last day and we wished him good luck.

 

The little class had all written good luck messages, which they read for Mr McIntyre.

Following that, the big class sang a song that they have learned as part of their Lochinvar Project.

Next the big class all performed a poem they wrote called: D’ ye mind ae Mr Mac?

Finally, Mr McIntyre gave a speech and said farewell.

Good luck Mr Mac and all the best!

From all at Brydekirk Primary