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One Planet Picnic- Winners!

Well done to P5 whose pocket garden design has been selected as a regional winner: the judges felt our design was creative and imaginative, showing great humour.

The winning design should be made into an actual garden to be displayed at the national show at The Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh. With the current uncertainties, we don’t know when this will be, but we will let you know!

Cyber resilience and internet safety


This week Calside received their Cyber resilience and internet safety , we were able to show how to keep ourselves safe on the internet and what we need to do. Well done to all the pupils who presented on the day.


Astonishing Christmas Pantomime

On Tuesday the 10th of December P5 and P6 performed their Christmas pantomime .This Performance happened at the Baptist church. The name of the pantomime was the Mystery of Magpie Manor. The story line was set in 1920s and it was about solving a mystery of a stolen family heirloom at their party where the auction was held, however with Agatha Christie the mystery was solved! The performance was outstanding and everyone was proud of these stars. It was a great night: well done to all the children and staff who worked so hard!

Fantastic Christmas Fair

On the 29th of November Calside Primary had their Christmas fair, everyone had lots of fun and tried out lots of fun games that were run by the p7s. There was a cake stall, a tombola stall, a popcorn stall, a slime stall, a glitter tattoo stall, a drink stall, a reindeer food stall and lots of game stalls including pin the nose on the Rodolph, where did Santa go first, what did the teddy get for Christmas, guess how many sweets are in the jar and guess the elf’s name. There were six lucky winners that that won amazing prizes like sweets, teddies and more. Amazingly the p7s raised over 300 pounds that are going towards their leavers’ trip.

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.”

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.


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.