Calendar Competition

Well done to Jayden in P7 for his winning entry in the 2014 Energy Agency Calendar. Jayden’s entry was judged out of over 800 entries to be one of the winning 12 posters which make up the calendar. We’ll have to wait until December 2014 to see Jayden’s artwork but it’s well worth waiting for. Jayden, his mum and Mrs Taylor attended a Civic Reception at Cargen Towers where the prize winners received their certificates and a bag of goodies. Well done Jayden!

Galloway Activity Centre

The whole school has just come back from a fantastic day out at the Galloway Activity Centre at Loch Ken! P 1-4 have been doing Archery and then moved to Mountain Biking with Sailing after lunch and P5-7 have been Sailing  followed by Kayaking and then Outdoor Laser Quest. The photos say it all! A super day out and a huge thank you to FREC for paying for the bus, to the Parent Association and to parents for paying for the rest!

P1-4 Trip to Vindolanda

As part of our Romans topic P1-4 went to Vindolanda (near Hexham) to find out about Hadrian’s Wall and what life was like 2000 years ago. The class went to the Roman Army Museum to begin their day out and were met by a hologram teacher who told the children about how to speak in latin and about what life was like for a Roman child. Back on the bus after lunch and off to Vindolanda itself to walk about the ruins of this town and fort which was built to house and train the Roman soldiers who were looking out for Barbarians from the northlands. The class met Jason, an archaeologist, who said that there is about 200 years of work still to go to uncover everything at Vindolanda. A great day out for all.

Open Afternoon

Many thanks to all who were able to make it to our Open Afternoon last Wednesday (22nd) – we hope you found the afternoon informative and useful. It was good to see the children showing you their work both in their trays and on the walls. Our new style reports were sent out on Friday (24th) and we look forward to seeing those who would like a further discussion about progress on Wednesday 29th from 7pm to 9pm. Please return the appointments slip if you wish to speak to us and/or Mrs Docherty, our Support for Learning teacher.

Toothbrushing

If you want to find out how to clean your teeth properly just ask any one at Duncow! We were very pleased to welcome Shona, the toothbrush lady who not only paid P1 and P2 a visit to see if they are cleaning their teeth properly (which they are) but Shona spoke to all classes about what we should and should not do. Did you know that you should only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your brush and that the “magic” in toothpaste is called fluoride? Keep brushing twice a day – that way you’ll keep the dentist away!

Class Trips

Details of our class trips for this term have now been sent out – what well travelled folk we will be!

P5-7 are off to Amazonia on Friday 17th May as part of their Rainforest studies and P1-4 are going to Vindolanda on Wednesday 29th May to find out about the Romans. In addition, we are all going to the Galloway Activity Centre at Loch Ken on Thursday 13th June to take part in lots of outdoor activities such as orienteering, sailing and outdoor laser-quest. More news when we get back!

Parent Association AGM

Following last night’s AGM we now have a new chair of the Parent Association. After several years at the helm, Mrs Maxwell has decided to step down as Chairperson of the Parent Association. At the meeting, Mrs Maxwell was thanked for all the hard work she has put in for the PA and she will now be an ordinary member. Mr Thornely (Rory and Sean’s Dad) was unanimously elected to take over as Chair and with Mr Wilson as Vice Chair, Mr Brown as Treasurer and Mrs Cheetham as Secretary the team is now complete. Other members are Mrs Kennedy from FREC and Mr Moss from the Football Club. If you would like to join please get in touch.

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