Guid Nychburris

The Guid Nychburris principals visited this morning, and they brought awards with them! A huge well done to Jemma Geddes who won the John McQueen trophy for the handwriting competition: the overall winner out of over 2000 entries. Mason Morrison won the Gold Medal for the P1 Handwriting, and Georgie Miller & Ben Murray were Highly Commended. Fiona Goldie-Wright was Highly Commended in the P6 category.


Eva Hope will be the Calside attendant to the Queen of the South, and Fergus Borland the Ring Bearer. We hope they have a great day on Saturday.

Sports Day

On Friday the 24th of May 2019 Calside Primary had their Sports Day. Each team had to fight for their  victory and there were races such as the sack race, skipping, horse and carriage, wheelbarrow, flat race, long distance and much more. All teams wanted to win but sadly only 1 team could win…And the winning team was Telford by 9 points, 2nd place was MacMillan, 3rd was Duncan and 4th place was MacAdam.


Clothing Grants and Free School Meals- applications due

Clothing Grants and Free School Meals

You may be eligible for a school clothing grant of £100 if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support;
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income based);
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income based);
  • Child Tax Credit on its own, with an annual taxable income of less than £16,105 (subject to change);
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £6,420 (subject to change);
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £610.

You may also be entitled to free school meals if you receive any of the above supports. We would encourage you to apply for these grants, even if your child is in P1-P3 and currently receiving free school meals, as some Scottish Government funding provided directly to schools is linked to the numbers of pupils who are entitled to free school meals.Further information and application forms can be found at: and

School Improvement Plan April 2019

Many thanks to all those parents and carers who completed the parental survey. The feedback was collated with the pupil and staff responses, and has been used to develop the School Improvement Plan for next session. The full School Improvement Plan can be found under the Calside- Our School link on the right.

The main areas are as follows:

Building Shared Standards and Expectations in Literacy and Numeracy

We have now fully updated our Literacy and Numeracy tracking in line with the national guidelines, and this will be implemented from August. We continue to refine our key assessments in order to track progress and identify next steps, allowing pupils to apply and transfer their skills across their learning. We will be continuing to work with our partners within Dumfries High School cluster in this area.

We will be reviewing our parental sessions and homework in order to offer further advice as to how to support your child in their learning. These will be refined throughout the year using your feedback.

The library will be used to support pupils in the development of a love of reading: watch this space!

Excellence and Equity for All Our Learners

The whole school will be working on the playground development over the next few months, in order to make playtimes a positive experience for all. The children will help to devise rules for the zones. In conjunction with this, Mrs Cairns will be working with the Pupil Council to review our Positive Behaviour policy in line with the revised national legislation.

Following the trial of the electronic learning passports in P3 and P4 this term, we will review these and we hope to implement these across the school from August. This should help us to share learning between home and school more easily, and ensure that we are aware of all the pupils’ wider achievements and successes.

We will continue to use the Pupil Equity Funding to deliver tailored interventions across Literacy, Numeracy and Health & Well-Being, and will also be reviewing the Support for Learning paperwork in order to make this more accessible for pupils and parents.

We will also be updating our tracking for all areas of the curriculum, drawing on the expertise of our specialist teachers to refine our learning programmes to ensure all learners get the chance to shine!


Easter Fun

This week the pupil council have organised different activities as part of our Easter fun. We had an obstacle course where the fastest person won, we had a design your own Easter egg, lots of different games and best of all an Easter egg hunt where we had to find a delicious chocolate egg that was kindly donated by the parent council.

Massive thanks to the awesome pupil council and Miss Brown for organising excellent fun activities for the whole School.

Check out some of the fun pictures below.

Judging the competiton


Trying to find Easter eggs


Spain v Slovenia

On Tuesday we had the opportunity to go and watch the Under 20 world hockey championships at the Dumfries Ice Bowl. The game was between Spain and Slovenia. We were supporting Spain who won. After a very exciting game which ended 3-3 the game went to a penalty shootout which Spain won 1-0. Lucas Gibson in P2 got to present the man of the match award. Despite being very confused about the rules the children had a great time and many said they would go again. So for any parents interested the under 20 championships will be on for the remainder of the week and also look out for the local team Solway Sharks who play at the Ice Bowl.

Olympian visit

On Monday we had a guest at our assembly. A local Olympian Courtney Scriven came in to talk about her sport of Boccia. She has represented the region at the special olympics where she has won medals. The school had a chance to ask questions and see her equipment that she uses.

With a Boccia ball

Showing off her lucky mascot

Being presented with silver medal

P6 Euroquiz

On Wednesday the 13th of March Charlie, Matthew, Lydia and Fiona represented Calside Primary School at the annual Euro quiz. They took part in the quiz at Troqueer Primary School competing against other schools from Dumfries. They answered questions on different countries who are members of the European Union.

Rotary Quiz

On Tuesday Isla,Josh,Skye and Leah went to the Rotary Quiz at Troqueer Primary School. They answered questions on lots of different topics including Science and Art. After a really fast start which saw them leading after 2 rounds they were able to finish 6th place in a very tricky quiz. Well done guys!

The team at the quiz





P4 showcase assembly

On Monday the 11th of March, P4 took part in their showcase assembly. P4 showed off a range of talent throughout the assembly performing to teachers, pupils and parents.

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