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Christmas Jumper Day 13th December

Dumfries & Galloway Council is supporting Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13th December. If anyone wishes to make a donation to this cause, please send to the school office.

Many children are already wearing their jumpers, as are many of the staff!

Orangutan Week- making the news!

and his orangutan team made the news:

A pupil led campaign at a Dumfries school is encouraging everyone to avoid products that contain palm oil.

Primary five pupils at Calside Primary have been raising awareness of endangered orangutans. And thanks to their fundraising efforts, they have raised a total of £421.35 for Orangutan Awareness Week.
James Henderson, 9, first took an interest in orang-utans a few years ago while watching a wildlife documentary and found that he shared the same hair colour as them. Since then he continued to seek out information on orangutans and became upset when he discovered that they were endangered as a result of palm oil.

Eighteen months ago, James decided that he would like to spend his pocket money adopting an orangutan and done this through WWF.  He also received an adoption of another orangutan from a family friend for his birthday. Along with some friends, who shared the same enthusiasm, they approached their school to hold a bake sale.  The bake sale was well received and raised over £72.

Mum Jane Henderson said: “James and his friends are actively encouraging family and friends to avoid products that contain palm oil, which itself is quite challenging as palm oil is contained in so many everyday products you wouldn’t expect. These small acts of change can make a huge difference to these beautiful animals.”

Posts on the website

We have archived several posts from this session- including Moat Brae, Science, Children in Need, Halloween and the Library Launch. This is to make lots of memory space for all the Christmas photos to come this month. If any parent/carer wants any more of the photos taken previously, please let Mrs Gamble know so they can be emailed to you.

Library launch

LOVELY LIBRARY LAUNCH

 

Over the past two years at Calside primary school the pupil council and Miss Brown have been working extremely hard to upgrade our old, dull and boring library into a new colourful, exciting and amazing place. The pupil council held a competition to see who would design our new library. They picked 3 winners and merged them all together; the winners were Kirstin Murray P7, Jemma Geddes P5, and Ethan Weir P3. Kirstin thought of a woodland theme, Jemma thought of a Charlie and the chocolate factory theme and Ethan thought of a space theme. Pupil council have ordered all the books into alphabetical order and they hope to keep it that way. The process was, first the children choose a new dark blue carpet for the space area, a turquoise colour for the woodland area and also purple carpet for the chocolate factory area. Then Mrs Geddes kindly helped out to paint the walls to match the theme, after that Miss Brown ordered book shelfs and other equipment for the library. Mr Jones made an excellent job building a space station for us and we are very grateful for all his hard work. The people in prison also made all the wooden ends for our library. Finally everything was organised and put into position for the grand opening.

During launch week we have lots of competitions and fun activities to do. Also parents and authors are coming in to read stories to us. On Monday we all got to dress up as our favourite book character. We would all like to say a massive thankyou to Miss Brown for all her hard work in giving us a library we are all looking forward to using for years to come.

Electronic Learning Passports

The parental session to get you up and running with the electronic learning passports is this Wednesday 11th September 3.30-4.30 p.m. (after the Come & Join Us afternoon). If you cannot make the session, please find the guide below. You will need your child’s logon details from their class teacher before you start: this is for data protection.

Accessing-Online-Learning-Passport-Using-Microsoft-OneNote

If you have any issues or require more help, please contact your child’s class teacher.

There will also be a Drop In  Clinic on Wednesday 25th September: the class teachers will be available between 3.15 and 5 for any queries you have with regard to your child’s learning. This includes the learning passport as well as curriculum such as literacy or numeracy.




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