Lunch-time on Friday 24th January was started with the sound of the bagpipes skirling down the school corridor closely followed by the ‘haggis’ carried in to the dining hall by Sam Tait. The Address to the haggis was delivered by Georgia Johnston and followed by grace, said by Holly Barr. Children and staff then enjoyed a traditional Burns lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by shortbread. Several children then entertained the rest of us with a variety of verses, songs and dance. The dinner hall was decorated in a suitably themed Scottish style to add to the occasion.
On Friday 15th November we had a ‘PJ’ day. We all came to school in various night time attire and many of the children seemed to have changed into wild creatures in their animal onesies !!! Jude and Aaron went across to our playgroup to help them make Pudsy biscuits and returned with their own decorated ones. Our cook, Mrs. Neill prepared Pudsy cakes for lunch-time and afterwards the older children did some story reading with the infant class. Loose change was collected to send to the Children in Need Appeal. We had a relaxing and fun day doing activities a little bit different to that of a normal school day.
Hardgate School took on an orange and black glow on Friday and many weird and wonderful costumes were floating about before we walked to the Village Hall for our Halloween party.Members of the Parent Council very kindly organised the games and provided half time snacks for everybody. The winners of the pumpkin lanterns were also announced,
Here you can see the top 3 – a Mowhican, a giant eyeball, and a ‘Mrs Ramage’. There is also a picture of the spooky cakes made by Mrs Neill for lunch-time.
Last year we recieved a bundle of ‘twigs’, which we put into a nursery bed to enable them to develop a healthy rootball over the winter months. Today (Wednesday 1st May) we planted them out in our school grounds. Mr Colin Hossack who works for the Forestry Commission( and is Tara’s Dad) came and gave us a short talk about the importance of trees and all the associated wildlife and habitats that revolve around them. He then demonstrated how to plant the little trees and protect them from rabbits with mesh guards which he brought along for us to use. The pupils in P5,6,7 then managed to get many of the plants in the ground, and hopefully they will grow eventually into strong healthy trees.
A very special new person has joined Hardgate School. He came with no name, but is a very cuddly wee person – and now the boys and girls have had a vote and we call him HECTOR ! Hector had a jumper and four scarves knitted for him by our dinner ladies and each week on a Friday he will have a change of scarf. The scarves are knitted in each of the 4 colours of our house teams, and whichever team has the most points in a week, then Hector will have to wear the colour representing that team. Falcons-blue, Hawks-red, Owls-green and Eagles-yellow.
An extra long weekend for pupils here at Hardgate, due to huge amounts of snow and drifts, proved to be fun all round. School was closed on Friday 22nd and Monday 25th of March due to the non-stop snow from early on Friday and all the way through to Saturday. This was followed by major drifting problems causing roads all round about us to be blocked. On monday morning we had help from the council to clear all our accesses and allow pupils to return to school on Tuesday. We all took advantage of the snow to have fun as this is really quite an unusual event here to have so much.
To help our national challenge to raise money for comic relief, we held a non-uniform day and all wore red. We brought £1 to school for the privilage of leaving our school uniforms at home today. Our money will be sent to help Comic Relief smash last years total amount raised.
Last week Lauren and Robyn came all the way from a heatwave in South Africa to snowy Scotland to join us here at Hardgate School. We are hoping that we may be able to set up a link with their previous school in South Africa to share our learning experiences and find out about another culture.
Our enterprise club, run by Mrs Martin, held a Farmers’ Market on Friday 7th December. They invited several local producers to come along and have a stall to sell their produce. The children in school had also made several different items at craft club to sell and help raise funds for school. There were welcome refreshments, including soup and bread, shortbread and mulled wine which helped to heat everyone up on a very cold night. A raffle was held and prizes came from a wide variety of local business people. Grateful thanks is extended to everyone for donations recieved and all help given, making the evening a resounding success. Santa also made a guest appearance during the evening, having taken time out from his very busy schedule to visit the children of Hardgate School.
Fiona Jamieson, from RHET, Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Initiative, provided invaluable support with the organisation , contributing to the success of the event.
Russell Brown MP has again run his Christmas card competition for senior pupils throughout Dumfries and Galloway. Here you can see the winners for The Stewartry Area being presented with their prizes in the Tesco store in Castle Douglas by Mr Brown on Saturday afternoon. Niamh in P.6 at Hardgate School (wearing a pink top) came third and we are all very proud of her achievement. The overall winner for the region has been printed for Mr Brown’s personal card and he has been very busy signing them all for posting to his many recipients.