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Road Safety Week in School

The Health and Wellbeing Committee organised Road Safety Week in school this week (19th-23rd Nov). On Monday Jamie (Chairperson), Connie and Callum gave a presentation about the importance of Road Safety. On Wednesday morning the police were arranged to come and give talks to each class and Wednesday afternoon was an activity afternoon with pupils decorating hi-vis vests, playing road safety games, completing a quiz and role-playing how to cross the road safely. During this week a competition was running to design a road sign, poster or fact file on Road Safety. The entries were judged by the committee on Friday and announced at assembly.

Free Press visit to see reports being printed

Primary 3,4,5 visited the Free Press Office in Stranraer to learn all about how the paper is edited and printed. The pupils even got to see their very own centre page spread about 150 years celebrations hot off the press!

The end result…

Well done P3/4/5!

Unfortunately the bad weather meant that Agnew Park had to be postponed for another day but the pupils still had great fun at the Ryan Centre playing short tennis, badminton and football.

Scientists in P3/4/5 discover what barn owls eat for tea!

P3/4/5 had a visit from Mr Jack Orchel, local barn owl expert, on Friday morning who brought with him some pellets. Pupils enjoyed being ‘scientists’ and dissected the pellets using tweezers, searching for small bones which would give clues to what the barn owls had eaten. Magnifying glasses helped pupils to examine the discoveries more closely and a key was used to identify the bones. Skulls of small mice, voles, shrews and even small birds were  found.

Ecology Talks Support Class Topics

Visitors from SSE and Gael Force were in school on Friday morning and delivered presentations to the whole school on Wind Turbine Construction and Ecology and Biodiversity. The pupils got an opportunity to ask lots of questions about how wind turbines are built and about how ecologists can put measures in place to save the environment in which they are placed. Both presentations supported the topics of ‘Habitats’ and ‘Endangered Planet’ currently being covered in classes.

Following the presentations, the school were donated model construction vehicles and bird tables by the two companies.

P3/4/5 inspired art work

Scots Poetry Recitals Entertain Community Group

On Wednesday afternoon the nine finalists from our Scots poetry competition visited the Autumn Club to entertain community members with recitals of their poems. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their visit, especially the goodies they were rewarded with at the end!

Pandamonium at Kirkcowan!

At long last, excitement was in the air in P3/4/5 today as the much awaited panda prizes arrived from the Glow Team. Back in December the pupils entered a competition to design a leaflet for Edinburgh Zoo to promote the arrival of Scotland’s two giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guan. The school heard the fantastic news in January that several pupils had been successful and had come runners up in the competition and that one of our pupils had also won First Prize! Such a big achievement to have so many winners from a small school in a national competition!

Below is a photograph of the overall winner with her cuddly panda and runners up with their T-shirts, along with their leaflet designs.

150 Year Celebrations

As you are aware, Kirkcowan School will celebrate 150 years in May 2012. I am pleased to present the final programme of events.

Main Events

Thurs 19th April: Whole School Photograph to commemorate the event. Photographs will be available for families to purchase at a cost of £7.50.

Friday 11th May: Peek at the Past Pupils will be invited to dress up from a chosen period and experience school as it was then.

Saturday 12th May : Celebratory Tea Dance St Couan’s Hall, Kirkcowan at 2pm. Tickets: £3 per adult/£1 per child

Friday 18th May: Time Capsule Ceremony Kirkcowan School at 2pm. Regrettably due to fire regulations/capacity, this event will be by invitation only.

Saturday 26th May: Reunion Ceilidh St Couan’s Hall, Kirkcowan 7-11pm. Tickets: £5 per adult/£2 per child. A buffet will be provided.

Saturday 16th June: Coffee Afternoon/Showcase of Children’s Work and Display of Old Photographs. St Couan’s Hall, Kirkcowan, 2-4pm.

Getting Involved

Tall Tales and Short Trousers, An Unofficial History of Kirkcowan School Primary 6 & 7 pupils will be collecting and collating stories and memories from former pupils and staff to record an unofficial history of Kirkcowan School entitled ‘Tall Tales and Short Trousers’. If you have any amusing, inspiring or heart-filled stories you would like to share we’d love to hear from you.

News Release Pupils from primaries 3-5 will be recording the events to prepare a press release in June. This work will also be showcased at the Coffee Afternoon.

Commemorative Garden Children from the nursery and primary 1 & 2 will be creating a garden to commemorate the event.

Please keep an eye on this blog for updates.

P3/4/5 Knights and Castles showcase and Galloway Falconry Display

On Wednesday 22nd February P3/4/5 entertained a large audience of parents and family members as they shared what they have learned from their Knights and Castles topic. The pupils also sang (and some acted!) a song about a handsome knight and set up activities for their parents to do based on the topic afterwards. Galloway Falconry arrived later and the pupils and parents had a chance to handle the birds of prey, including a white tailed sea eagle with an 8ft wingspan, falcon and owl. The visitors were a fantastic way to finish the topic. Below are photographs of work by the pupils displayed in the classroom and the falconry display.

Well done P3/4/5 what a lot of hard work and effort!

Singing

Best Work Assembly and Head Teacher Awards

Today was our whole school best work assembly, a chance for all the classes to share the work that has been going on. P6/7 presented work on the Jacobites and Internet Safety, finishing off with an action song that the whole school joined in with. P3/4/5 presented their winning panda leafelts and castles work. P1/2 shared a clapping song that they had learned as part of their topic on playground games in the past. Nursery shared their Chinese New Year celebrations and Hugh Ferguson from nursery told the school all about Earthquakes!

Nursery children presenting their chinese New Year Lanterns and lucky fish.

P6/7 presenting their work on Jacobites and showing the famous battles on the map of Scotland.

P6/7 having fun with their action song.

P1/2 performing their clapping song.

Pupils being awarded their Head Teacher Award certificate and pencil.

P3/4/5 presenting their panda leaflets.

Pupils reading out their Autobiographies and Biographies of famous Scottish Kings and Queens.

Pupils reading out facts from their individual castle factfiles.

Self portraits transformed into Scottish Kings and Queens.




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