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Kirkcowan Netball Team Debut!

Last night (13.6.13) six girls from P4-6 represented Kirkcowan School in a Machars netball tournament. After a tentative start the team began to relax and managed a win in the fourth game against Penninghame Primary 4-0! Abbie Ribbens (GS) scored the incredible goals along with the support of her enthusiastic team:  Ellis Stables (C) , Karen King (GA) , Grace Taylor (GK), Leah Lonsdale (GD) and Millie Gray (GD).

Well done girls we are proud of you, let’s get training for next year!

Our Easter Assembly

On Wednesday afternoon we had two special visitors in school, Linda Greenhill and Rev. Boyle. Our assembly began with the presentation of donations and welcome letters to Linda Greenhill who is due to fly out to Nepal in the Easter holidays. The Outreach Committee presented the donations from pupils to Linda and Abbie (P5) said a few words about how much the pupils are looking forward to beginning their link with a school in Nepal.

Following the presentation the whole school joined in singing ‘Sing out an Easter Song’, thenP6-7 gave some Easter readings from the Bible. Next P4-5 read an Easter poem they had worked on together about the Easter story and then P1-3 led a prayer which they had written themselves.

Rev. Boyle had the difficult job of judging the Easter bonnet competition. Well done to Charley (Nursery), Molly (P1), Annie (P4) and Libby (P6) who were our lucky winners of an Easter egg each!

To conclude the afternoon, the pupils had a great time hunting for Easter eggs around the school.

Pupils Enjoy Performing at Galloway Music Festival

P1-3 and P4-7 pupils went along to perform at the music festival this week. P1-3 dressed as pirates to perform ‘I am a pirate captain’ and thoroughly entertained both the audience and judge on Monday morning. Very positive feedback was given about the pupils’ singing and enthusiasm. P4-7 performed ‘Harvest of Love’ in a competitive group music making category. The judge commented the following:

“You were very well organised across the stage. The solo voices were secure and the choir of voices had very clear words. The instruments were played well to support the musical outcome. This was very good work. Well done!”

The pupils were awarded a “Commended” mark for their efforts. All pupils represented the school exceptionally well both in their behaviour and attitude towards the experience. Well done!

On Wednesday afternoon pupils from across the school performed their music festival pieces and Scots poems to members of the Autumn Club. Nursery gave a confident performance of ‘Ma Wee Rid Motor’. The Autumn club had a very enjoyable time and stayed for refreshments following the performances. They generously gave a donation to school funds which is very much appreciated.

World Book Day Activities

The whole school dressed as their favourite fictional characters on Thursday to celebrate World Book Day. During class in the morning pupils worked together to try and come up with a list of ‘WOW’ words that they could use to make their own writing more exciting. This list of words will then be available for pupils to use in class from now on.

After lunch P6/7 read out some prepared extracts from books they thought nursery would enjoy and P4/5 read to P1-3. Then the whole school split into house groups and completed three activities which were as follows:

1. Acting out charades of popular children’s books for others to guess

2. Making up story middles and endings from a given starter

3. Completing a treasure hunt by working out cleverly worded clues

The finale was the judging of the fancy dress competition. Below are the winners: Keira (Nursery) as ‘Queen of Hearts’, Kendra (P1-3) as ‘Tinkerbell’, Amy (P4-5) as ‘Dorothy from Oz’ and Abby (P6-7) as ‘Gandalf ‘.

In P1-3 Finlay won the competition to design a new front cover for his favourite book ‘The twits’.

To end the afternoon, nursery gave a lovely performance of ‘Puff the magic Dragon’. A great time was had by all.

Annual Scottish Afternoon Enjoyed by Pupils

A week later than scheduled, our Scottish afternoon got underway on Friday 1st February. P6/7 were responsible for organising the event and this included ordering and preparing food for the buffet (with homemade corn beef patties), recruiting talented musicians/ performers from each class, preparing and printing the programmes and making the announcements to ensure the afternoon ran smoothly. P4/5 started the afternoon with powerpoint presentations about Robert Burns (see Ellis’ group Jenni’sgroup Leah’sgroup Fern’sgroup) and a game to play with the whole school in Scots language called ‘Staun up, sit doon’.

Later in the afternoon P1-3 read out words in their ‘Scots Dictionary’ which they had created. Nursery entertained everyone with a confident performance of the poem ‘Ma Wee Rid Motor’.

Before the interval with Scottish Buffet, Libby read ‘The Selkirk Grace’ and several of P6/7 read the verses of ‘Address to a Haggis’. Throughout the afternoon pupils and staff were treated to musical performances including:

Libby and Callum dancing (Donald Where’s yer Troosers)

Abby on Violin (Auld Lang Syne)

Ruby on flute (Loch Lomond)

Dan on flute (Scotland the Brave)

Abbie and Ellis on violin and cello (Scottish lullaby duet)

Millie and Connie singing a duet (Cauld Blaws the wind)

Izzy on cornet (Amazing Grace) and accordion (Going Home)

Millie on recorder (Loch Lomond)

We even had a gymnastics finale thanks to Karen, Jenni, Connie and Cody and their choreographed routine to ‘Auld Lang Syne’ by the red hot chilli pipers.

In line with tradition, an important part of the afternoon was judging the finalists for the Scottish poetry recitals. All the finalists did extremely well and received runners up gifts. The overall winners received prizes and were as follows:

Molly P1

Connor P4

Dan P6

Welldone P6/7 and we look forward to the next one!

Health Showcase Highlights Important Messages For All

On Thursday 31st January pupils from P1-P7 organised and presented a health showcase for parents. This included the pupils participating in various role play scenarios, creating a powerpoint on Internet Safety and follow up police talks. The topics covered included:

Car, needle and medicine safety (P1-3)

Anti-social behaviour (P4/5)

Bogus Callers and Internet Safety (P6/7)

The afternoon was well attended by parents and feedback was very positive. A big well done to all those involved!

P4/5 study Scots language ahead of Scottish afternoon

P4/5 have been putting their literacy skills to good use over the last few weeks whilst finding out about Robert Burns and Scots language. They have worked collaboratively in small groups to prepare a powerpoint presentation on Robert Burns for the rest of the school to view on our Scottish afternoon. They have been practising their Scots poems and performed them in front of the class. Congratulations to Connor, Mackenzie and Callum who have been selected as finalists for the Scottish afternoon. The whole class have also rehearsed a game in Scots language called ‘Staun up, sit doon’, which they will teach to the rest of the school. Also, as part of their class writing P4/5 have experimented with the written word in Scots and produced some colour poems and descriptions of animals, all of which will be available to see on Parents night (7.2.13).

Unfortunately due to weather conditions on Friday our Scottish afternoon had to be postponed to 1.2.13. We are all looking forward to an afternoon of entertainment by the pupils.