Calside Courier

Calside Primary School, Dumfries

October 2, 2020
by David Clouston

Wigtown Book Festivals

The Wigtown Book Festival was been cancelled this year so P4 participated in activities online!  We watched Cressida Cowell who is the author of our class novel ‘How to train your dragon’ and listened to Pamela Butchart discuss her own novels.  From Pamela Butchart’s talk P4 created their own infamous characters! Here are some examples.

Wigtown book festival

September 11, 2020
by Mrs Gamble
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Email 11th September

We have emailed an update on the School Improvement Plan: as the School Improvement Plan was written before lockdown, there has been a slight change to our priorities. It can also be viewed here: School Improvement Plan update to parents September 2020
May I remind parents that we have a significant number of children with additional needs: if a child’s behaviour or presentation causes concern, please let staff know. There may be a reason for that child’s behaviour, and we will know whether that child requires support, sanction or both. Please do not approach other parents about their child’s behaviour, and allow staff to deal with the situation appropriately.
The first meeting of 2020/21 of Calside Parent Council will take place on Tuesday 15th September at 6pm via Zoom. We would be delighted to welcome parents and carers old and new to join us.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 937 2613 1669
Passcode: 590776

Fingers crossed there are no technical issues, but if you do have problems please contact

September 8, 2020
by Mrs Gamble

House Captains

Well done to all the Primary 7 pupils who gave great speeches in the House Captain elections.

The House Captains for this year are:

Duncan:               Neve Clark and Ali Hatab

MacAdam:           Zara Callander and Emily Dobie

MacMillan:          Ava Emmerson and Roxy Henderson

Telford:                Ava Service and Mya Ward

August 21, 2020
by Mrs Gamble
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Email 21st August

Happy Friday everyone.

As advised previously, we are sending as much communication electronically as we can. Therefore the school newsletter will be emailed to all families today, as well as a copy of the class termly newsletter. These can also be found in your child’s Team under Files, as well as on the school website if you click on the Newsletters tab.

P1 and P7 parents will receive a second email also today, detailing the arrangements for the P1 and P7 parental sessions as we cannot hold these in school at present. Parents are asked to return their queries by 7th September so we can collate Frequently Asked Questions for you.

We continue to follow the safety guidance as directed by Public Health and the council Health & Safety team. Thank you to all those parents who have supported us with this. Any child presenting as unwell will be sent home, and should stay at home until all symptoms disappear. D&G guidance can be found at

August 14, 2020
by Mrs Gamble
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Email 14th August

Great to see everyone back in school this week. As we weren’t in our own school in June, we didn’t send the annual update forms out. These are in everyone’s bags today, and we would be grateful if these could be returned as soon as possible.

It is essential that we have up-to-date contact details for all children.

July 2, 2020
by Mrs Gamble

Honours 2020

Well done to all our award winners: a full list can be found here. 2020 Honours

Congratulations to MacMillan House who take the House Cup: Mrs Stores is very excited that her house won!

A huge well done to all the children who have persevered during this period: seeing their activities and blether on the Teams has consistently been a highlight of my week during lockdown.

A round of applause to all the parents for keeping the home learning going during these challenging times: I know it has not been easy for any of us.
And a monumental thank you to the staff who have been endlessly flexible over the last few months, with the frequent changes at short notice, and for their work at the childcare hub as well as their own jobs and their own childcare needs.
We say goodbye to Mrs Gourlay and Miss Houston who move to take up new posts in other schools; Mrs James who is retiring and Mrs Knott who returns to her substantive post. We also say goodbye to our P7 leavers, as they move on to their respective high schools: they have shown great resilience this year and worked so hard for their leavers’ ceremony. We wish them all luck in the future, and look forward to hearing about their achievements. If you have not seen their digital leavers’ ceremony: it can be found further down on the website.

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