Welcome to Leswalt Primary!

Welcome!  We hope that after having a look at our blog you will find out some more information about life at little Leswalt Primary School.

It is not the quantity – but the quality that counts!

P5-7 Drug Awareness

This afternoon, P.C. Wilson visited P5-7 to tell them more about legal and illegal drugs. She had some replica illegal drugs to show the pupils in an afternoon which was based on awareness raising, ensuring that pupils know who to speak to if they have any questions and most importantly, how to keep themselves safe. P.C. Wilson emphasized the dangers and knock-on effects of becoming involved in drugs. Education is key in this area as well all work together to help our pupils become responsible, happy citizens. The class listened keenly, asking the questions they had prepared. I know they learnt a great deal from this session.

K’Nex Challenge Team in Dumfries

Well done to the Confident Individuals of Luke and Joshua who travelled to Dumfries on Friday to compete in the regional heat of Glasgow Science Festival’s K’Nex Challenge.

The boys were set the task of designing a moving wind turbine using the K’nex, which they built using teamwork and logic. The boys were fabulous representatives of the school and received a certificate each as a memento of their involvement. Thank you Joshua and Luke – we’re very proud of you.

Thanks also to Luke’s dad for providing their transport to and from Dumfries.

Cross Country at Green Valley

What a busy, energetic morning the P5-7 pupils had at Green Valley. It was the annual Rhins Primary Cross Country event! Pupils had opted for either a half mile or mile distance race. Some pupils felt a little anxious – after all running for an extended length of time is quite an ask! But they all were superb – real troopers who all tried their very best! We also had two teams who entered the relay; with each leg being half mile a long. Well done runners!

Gregor Reid was 3rd in the Primary 5 mile run. Super stamina running Gregor – we’re all very proud of you!

 

Maths in the Real World!

P4-7 headed outside this morning to put our angles, shape, measure and area skills to good use.

Remembering what we had learnt in the classroom, we got busy spotting 2D shapes in the environment, measuring the perimeter and area of squares and rectangles (everything from bricks in the wall to the gate!) and identifying and drawing angles. We had a chat about why these skills really are important and when we might need to use them. Even better, the sun was trying hard to shine. What a nice way to start a busy week…

 

Music for All Afternoon

P4-7 enjoyed a cultural afternoon at the Ryan Centre courtesy of a group of musicians called Trio Ecossaise. The three ladies entertained the packed theatre with various pieces of music on the piano, cello and clarinet. They told the children about their instruments and invited them to talk about how the different pieces of music made them feel using emojis. They rounded the afternoon off with one we all knew – the theme tune to Star Wars!

Thanks to Joshua and Luke’s mum for accompanying us.

 

Rotary Quizzers

Huge thanks to our talented Rotary Quiz Team of Eva, Logan, Charlotte and Euan for representing Leswalt Primary so well at the recent local Primary Schools Rotary Quiz.

The four of them worked really well together and were fabulous school representatives answering some rather tricky questions. The team was chosen after a P7 general knowledge quiz was held in class when they demonstrated their super quiz skills.

Eggheads of the future perhaps?

 

 

Skiffie World 2019 Visit

Pupils were treated to a visit by 4 gentlemen on Thursday afternoon from the local Stranraer rowing club, who brought along a skiff for the boys and girls to see. Pupils were surprised to learn that the men had built the boat and that only glue had been used to assemble the wooden planks – there wasn’t a single nail in sight!
They were given the opportunity to sit in the skiff and ‘row’ the boat. Isla, Carys and Cara took it in turns to take on the role of the coxswain, trying to keep everyone rowing in time. Afterwards, they all learned about safety when rowing and the importance of life jackets.
Finally, the men explained that the SkiffieWorlds 2019 competition is being held in Stranraer from 7th-13th July and that competitors from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand and US, are expected to attend. There will be fun for all the family, with various events on throughout the week. Have a look at the leaflet that pupils brought home or online for further information.

Keeping Leswalt Beautiful!

The boys and girls of Leswalt Primary, together with Mrs McKnight, Mrs Ferguson and Joshua and Kaiden’s mum and dad (with little Aria-Rose in the buggy!), did their bit for their community this morning by heading out in the drizzle with their litter pickers to spruce up the streets of their village.

Well done everyone. What responsible citizens you are!

Big thank you to Natasha, Ross and Aria-Rose for joining us!

‘Dragon Days’ Show Delights!

Well done to all the boys and girls of Leswalt Primary for their superb hard work in putting on another fantastic show!

The story told of a lonely dragon hiding high in the mountains above the Alpine village of Stumbledorf, the hilarious villagers who were a little frightened of this creature, Old Ma and her hero son Tommy who came to save the day and Gilda the Goatherd who made friends with the dragon and encouraged others to do the same. By the end of the show, the villagers and the dragon were great friends with everyone agreeing to ‘Not Judge a Book by its Cover’- the message of the final song.

Super songs helped to tell the show’s story; a mixture of cheery tunes, rock n’ roll Tommy, a melancholy ballad from the lonely dragon, a frantically upbeat reminder about social media’s effects and a touch of yodelling too! The children’s fabulous singing (as always!) and acting combined to make ‘Dragon Days’ a feast for the audience’s eyes.

Huge thank you to Audrey Buchanan from Stranraer Drama Club for her help with costumes- they really helped to bring the characters to life!

Well done everybody!

Curling Competition!

On the 18th of March, we (that’s Jenna, Millie, Eva and Charlotte) represented Leswalt in an InterSchools curling competition. On a Tuesday night we all go to the ‘ Curling’s Cool Club’ at the North West Castle. We had a great day and managed to come home in 2nd place out of twelve schools! The final was a closely fought game but unfortunately we weren’t the winning team. As a prize, we got an Easter egg. We really enjoyed the experience.

Report by Millie, Jenna, Eva and Charlotte

 

 

Leswalt’s Got Talent – lots and lots of it!

Crazy hair was all the rage at school today! The boys and girls had been buying red noses all week in support of Comic Relief and rounded the fun off today with their mad hair-dos, casual clothes and a very entertaining afternoon….

We hosted Leswalt’s Got Talent; with the children putting on an excellent showcase of their acts to a very appreciative audience made up of their fellow classmates, staff and parents and friends. From dancing babies to cello playing, comedy synchronized swimming to gymnastics, family dance troupe to guitar playing, solo singing to a self-choreographed dance routine – there was quite a variety of talents on show! So lovely to see all of these Confident Individuals giving it their all!

The very tricky job of judging was given to Mr McCracken, Gillian Murdoch and Mrs Buchanan – not an easy task. The boys and girls treated their audience to a sneak preview song from their upcoming show whilst allowing the judges some thinking time. After some discussion they gave the winning certificates and yummy Easter egg prizes to:

1st place – Jack Cloy – singing ‘Rule the World’

2nd place – Mille Smith and Jenna Calderwood – dancing babies routine

3rd place- Auryn, Breagh and Isla Kirkpatrick – synchronized swimming and Baby Shark routine.

Many thanks to all the wonderful acts for the hard work they put into learning their routines. We thoroughly enjoyed watching all of you, having a great afternoon AND raising money for a very worthwhile cause.

** Fundraising update – We raised over £190!! **

Take a look at the photos of a fun-filled day in aid of charity.

 

P1-3 Sample French Food

To kick start their new French Foods topic, P1-3 spent the afternoon sampling some typical French food. There was a wide range of treats on offer, including croissants, pain au chocolat, macaroons, eclairs and brioche. They even had the chance to taste some snails! Some were delighted about this, others – not so much!! Have a keek at the photos below to see the fun they had, and their reactions upon tasting snails for the first time!

Super Science Afternoon!

 

In a follow-on to Friday 1st’s  Super Science morning enjoyed by the P4-7 class, the P1-3 pupils had a blast last Friday afternoon! This was to celebrate British Science Week; engaging everyone in lots of fun science-based activities! There was all manner of investigations set up in the classroom and in the hall for pupils and their families to enjoy.

Take a look at all the fabulous photos below.

 

Burns Club Competition

A huge well done to Phoebe and Gregor who represented the school at the Burns Club Competition last night at the Ryan Centre. Both performed their poems with great gusto and did the school proud. Gregor was awarded 1st place in his category!! What confident individuals we have at Leswalt!

Super Science Fun!

A Super Science morning was held across our wee trio today! The P4-7 pupils from Leswalt, Portpatrick and Kirkcolm welcomed The Galloway Forest Astronomical Society with their mobile planetarium and tried out loads of amazing Science activities too!

From engineering to electricity, coding to robotics, human biology to magnetics; the children explored many different scientific tasks and were led on an adventure through the Solar System inside the planetarium. All in all it was great fun…

 

A Big Thank-You!

The Pupil Council and Eco Committee would like to say a huge thank-you to Leswalt Community Association for the funding they gave the school to purchase new playground toys and gardening equipment. The pupils are looking forward to getting all of the new equipment outside! Thank-you again!

The Big Battery Hunt is on!

Today at assembly, all pupils will receive a small cardboard battery box as part of the Big Battery Hunt. This is a recycling scheme which we have signed up to as part of our Eco Schools work. Pupils should fill the boxes at home with used batteries, before bringing them into school and emptying them into the large plastic containers in the hall. These will then be sent away to be recycled. As long as we arrange for a tub of batteries to be collected before June, our school will be entered into a prize draw to win various goodies including: iPads, £2000 worth of school equipment vouchers, a 2-night trip to a sustainability centre, or a 3-year subscription to ‘MyMaths’ worth £1000.

Please pass on the message that your batteries can be recycled at Leswalt School! Thank-you in advance for your support in this initiative.

History Coming Alive – Ancient Egyptian Style!

p1-3 welcomed Kathryn Purchase from History Alive into their classroom for a fabulous morning crammed full of Ancient Egyptian facts, fun and activities.

The boys and girls have been learning about this historical period over the last few weeks and Kathryn’s visit yesterday was a super way to share their learning, find out even more, do some digging (!) and enjoy dressing up in typical Egyptian costume.

Just look at the fabulous photos below…

North Rhins Adventure to Lockerbie Manor

Primary 5-7 pupils from Leswalt, Kirkcolm and Portpatrick Primary Schools headed to Lockerbie Manor on Wednesday for a 3-day outdoor residential trip.

After stopping at Springholm Primary for some lunch and to stretch our legs, we reached Lockerbie Manor early in the afternoon. Everyone was given a tour of the building and grounds by the instructors and got shown to their rooms. After a quickly unpacking, we split into 4 groups and headed to our first activity. Activities included archery, rifle shooting, obstacle course, climbing wall, abseiling, orienteering, fencing, canoeing and kayaking. After activity one, some pupils required a shower as they were caked in mud after army-crawling on their bellies underneath netting! By this time we had worked up quite an appetite, and were served with the most delicious dinner – what a selection on offer! At night time, we had an evening activity before getting all cosy in our jammies and spending time getting to know pupils from the other partnership schools.

Day 2 saw an early morning wake-up call at 7.20am. We had 5 activities spread out over the day, with some pupils getting an early afternoon bath after falling into the lake whilst kayaking! That night, having been exhausted from all the physical activity, pupils were sound asleep before 11pm – much to the staff’s delight!!

On Friday morning, we were up early to get our rooms packed and emptied. Some rooms looked like a bomb had hit them, there were clothes everywhere! We then headed out for our final 2 activities before the bus arrived at 1.30pm to return us to Stranraer. It was a very quiet journey back, with lots of pupils catching some shut-eye!

Everyone had a brilliant time away, making new friends across the partnership and trying new activities.

Photos below from day 3:

Lockerbie Manor – day 2

Lockerbie Manor – Day1 and morning 2

Primary 5-7 have reached Lockerbie Manor!

Primary 5-7 have reached Lockerbie Manor on a 3 school, 3 day adventure of outdoor education and fun!

After a lunch stop at Springholm Primary they went onto Lockerbie and have unpacked and are now off on their first activity.  They are all very happy and excited campers!

Engineers of the Future!

Huge well done to Finlay Scott and Luke McHallum for winning the K’nex Challenge this morning. This competition was held at Stranraer Academy and was set up by the Glasgow Science Centre, and overseen by our STEM advisor Miss Creighton along with three judges.

The boys were set a brief to build a go-kart with a steering mechanism; with  certain measurements to adhere to and a design plan to be sketched. They worked really well together and their creation was crowned the winner!

The boys will now go on to compete in the next stage which is to be held in Dumfries. Fabulous!

 

Bringing History Alive!

 

Today we had the pleasure of History Alive’s Kathryn Purchase who delighted P4-7 with an informative presentation on World War Two. She sped the children through the years before war broke out, the events oversees and at home between 1939-1945, and the after-effects in the post-war years. The children were enthralled; quite literally sitting on the edge of their seats as they soaked up the WW2 experience. After sharing all of her vast knowledge; the children enjoyed handling the artefacts, looking at the propaganda posters and trying on replica WW2 clothing. Such great fun!

Take a look at the photos below. I’m sure you’ll agree it looks like a lot of fun and a brilliant way to learn!

Safer Internet Day!

Today we celebrated International Safer Internet Day! This year the theme was: Together for a better internet. Over 160 countries participated, with over 2000 UK schools and organisations too.

The world wide web is a fantastic resource that our parents, grandparents and teachers did not have when growing up – but we do! But all great resources need to be used wisely and there are things to be aware of. We learnt today how to be super computer savvy…

1. Choose to be aware 

Make sure you know the rules about how to behave and stay safe on the sites, games and apps you like to use. Look out for buttons that let you block, mute and report other users who aren’t behaving and always ask for help if there is something you are not sure about.

2. Choose to make sensible choices online 

Always keep your personal information safe and any personal information belonging to your friends and family.  Check with an adult before signing up to a new game or online service and before downloading a new app or game .

3. Choose to ask if it’s okay 

Always think about how your online actions might make others feel. Be a respectful friend online and remember to ask for permission before sharing something about someone else. This could include a picture, video or piece of their personal information like where they live or their full name. Take a look at our Safer Internet Day film to see what other young people think about asking for consent online.

4. Choose to be a role model 

Always be kind to others online and support your friends if they are having a difficult time. You can help your friends by showing them how to block and report in games and apps or by going to talk to a trusted adult with them.

5. Choose to ask for help

If you are ever unsure about something you see online, or anything makes you feel worried, upset or confused then ask a trusted adult for some help and advice.

 

Remember! Think SMART – Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable, Tell.

 

Check out www.saferinternet.org.uk for more information including a section with top tips for parents/carers.

 

Pupils can easily access the ThinkUKnow website via their GLOW launch pad. This has some fantastic games and a Parents/Carers section too.

A Braw Scots Showcase Assembly

What a fabulous celebration of all things Scottish at Leswalt Primary’s Showcase Assembly! The children had worked very hard throughout the month of January on their Scots poems; writing them out in their most beautiful handwriting, creating pieces of Artwork to accompany their poem and learning their poem in order to recite it with gusto. In addition to recognising every child’s hard work and celebrating and enjoying listening to the recitation winners, the assembled parents and friends were treated to Scots songs from P1-3 and P4-7. The younger pupils raised many a smile with their re-enactment of that well-loved song ‘Three Craws’ whilst the older pupils used their own lyrics to the song ‘If you will marry me’ to tell of a young lad who is trying to win the heart of a lass, only to have second thoughts as their song unfolds! Such a fun afternoon celebrating Scottish culture.

 

Burns results  – Friday 25 January 2019

P1 – ‘Mince and Tatties’ – Recitation winners : 1. Ela Chang & Hamish Scott; 2.Ewan Clark; 3. Ellie Bennewith:

Illustration winner – Ellie Bennewith : Handwriting winner – Ewan Clark

 

P2 – ‘Donkey Ride – Recitation winners : 1. Hamish McGregor; 2.Carys McHallum; 3. Faye Adams :

Illustration winner –Mark Drummond : Handwriting winner – Faye Adams

 

P3 – ‘Street Talk’ – Recitation winners : 1. Alexander Clark; 2.Noah Gaw; 3.Thomas Clark:

Illustration winner –Noah Gaw: Handwriting winner – Noah Gaw

 

P4 – ‘The Heron’ – Recitation winners : 1. Aidan Adams; 2. Malcolm McGregor; 3. Breagh Kirkpatrick:

Illustration winner – Murray Williams : Handwriting winner – Aidan Adams

 

P5 – ‘Twins’ – Recitation winners : 1stequal. Chloe Kennedy & Gregor Reid;  3. Jack Cloy:

Illustration winner – Jack Cloy : Handwriting winner – Chloe Kennedy

 

P6 – ‘The Evacuee’ – Recitation winners : 1.Phoebe Gaw; 2. Erin Jamieson; 3.Auryn Kirkpatrick:

Illustration winner –Phoebe Gaw: Handwriting winner – Phoebe Gaw

 

P7 – ‘Address to the haggis / Willie Wastle’ – Recitation winners : 1.Charlotte Gaw; 2.Jenna Calderwood; 3.Eva Ferguson:

Illustration winner – Millie Smith : Handwriting winner – Charlotte Gaw.

Remembering Rabbie!

What a busy Burns day we’ve enjoyed! Mr Plant our judge had a packed morning; listening to poem recitations and viewing artwork and handwriting. He had some very tricky decisions on his hands but chose worthy winners, second and third places.

Following this, everyone tucked into a delicious Burns Lunch. Mr Gaw piped in the haggis, Mr Plant gave The Immortal Memory and the children entertained with their poems and songs; led ably through the lunch by our organised team of P7s.

Happy Birthday Rabbie and… Auld Lang Syne!

Badminton Fun!

Phoebe and Erin took part in the Rhins Annual Primary Badminton Competition at Stranraer Academy. They really enjoy playing this sport and had a fabulous time playing against other children from different schools! Phoebe was placed 4th overall too. Well done girls- you are such great sporting ambassadors for our school!

Digital Leaders Training Day

As part of our bid to achieve national accreditation for the Digital Schools Award, we have selected 4 Digital Leaders to help drive our work forward. They are responsible for supporting staff and pupils in the use of ICT by sharing their skills; helping to maintain ICT equipment; leading lunch time ICT clubs; and organising parent sessions to develop their skills and knowledge.

All the Digital Leaders from Portpatrick, Leswalt and Kirkcolm came together on Tuesday for a Digital Leaders training day. They were all so enthusiastic and keen to get going! Pupils were taught how to upload, print and laminate photographs, and how to access Glow and send an email attachment to a teacher for the blog. They worked in pairs to come up with activities for Safer Internet Day on 5th February, and shared their suggestions for lunchtime ICT clubs that they could run back at school.

Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable morning mixing with other pupils from the different schools and are all away back to their own school ready and raring to go as our Digital Leaders!

Rotary Lunch

On the 21st of January we went to the Rotary Lunch to represent the school. Mrs Smith came with us. Every year, P7s are invited along to join the Monday Rotary Lunch meeting. We had a lovely meal and we also got to listen and talk to Adam Gray. He is the Development Manager for the Scottish Rugby Union. He gave an amazing speech, it was so interesting, and he also gave us Scottish Rugby pin badges. We had a fabulous time and it was a great experience!

Logan Wilson and Jenna Calderwood

Jingles the elf gets up to no good at Leswalt Primary

Primary 1-4 had a very special visitor in December, in the form of Jingles the elf.  Throughout the month the naughty little elf got up to lots of mischief and left letters for the boys and girls.  The children loved coming in every morning to see what he had been up to.  Throughout this nonsense Mrs Mc Knight helped the boys and girls write letters to Santa to keep him informed of Jingles antics.

On the last day of school he left Leswalt.  And, by way of apology he left the children a gingerbread house and some chocolate crispies to enjoy. 

Have your elf a Merry little Christmas now!

 

 

Panto Fever Strikes…. Oh no it didn’t! Oh yes it did!

What a fabulous way to start bringing our fun-filled term to a close. The whole school journeyed up to the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr to enjoy a fantastic production of the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ – and what a show it was!

The Parent Council had very generously organised an ice cream for everyone at the interval – yum yum! Then, after lots of laughing, clapping and singing (Baby Shark!!), the children headed off for a delicious lunch at the Stage Door restaurant before heading back down the road to Leswalt. Now that’s what I call a perfect way to spend a Thursday!

 

Party Party Party!

What a fabulous afternoon we had at our school Christmas party! Crackers, party poppers, food galore ( a party buffet supplemented with goodies sent in by parents – thanks folks), fun party games, some super cool disco dancing and a visit from a very special man in red all added up to so much fun! The children had a ball! Just take a look at our snaps below!

Reverse Advent Calendar

The boys and girls of P4-7 collected some goodies together to create a Reverse Advent Calendar – a calendar which gives! They donated this to Alison (Jack’s granny) from Apex Scotland so that the tasty treats can be divided up and given to those in need. It’s nice to be nice!

Christmas Jumper Day!

We raised money today by coming to school in our festive knits! All money will be combined with our End of Term Church Service collection and be donated to Save the Children.

A Cracker of a Christmas Lunch

Yummy! A delicious Christmas lunch was enjoyed by all today. The P7 girls had worked their elf magic in setting up the tables laden with crackers, with Christmas music to accompany the happy chatter. The staff served the excited children and then sat down to enjoy a lovely lunch together. Look at all of these happy faces!

Rugby Fun!

On the 13th of December P4-7 were joined by Scott for our first session of rugby (the last two weeks have been rained off!) The whole class enjoyed a warm-up game of Bulldogs. Then we all worked on some basic rugby moves and learned how to do the cheek to cheek tackle. We had lots of fun trying this out.

We are looking forward to more rugby training sessions next term!

Charlotte and Millie

Space Stars!

The P4-7 class were set a space homework task and they certainly rose to the challenge! Models, power points, leaflets, mind maps, posters, books and emails zoomed into the classroom created by our super space enthusiasts! I was completely wowed by the quality of what the children produced. Well done everyone – you’re finished space challenges are out of this world!

(2 photos to follow!)

Bag Packers Extraordinaire!

Many thanks to the team of fabulous pupils, teachers and staff who worked their little socks off on Saturday in Morrisons, helping the shoppers out with their bag packing. Polite and cheery, the bag packers helped many a shopper and were rewarded with their buckets being filled to the tune of £730! Well done Team Leswalt!

Hour of Code!

Today we welcomed Carol Moyes from the STEM team to Leswalt Primary to lead us in an Hour of Code! This week is Computer Science Education Week and so, having tried Scratch coding before, we tried the fantastic code.org website today. Mrs Moyes gave the pupils a quick information session, then working in the Talk Partners, the children got to it!

Wow – they were so good at this! From Dance Party to Minecraft, Frozen to Flappy Code –  the list of possibilities for fun is endless! The children overcame some computer glitches to all produce a short program. And yes, they were much more proficient at this than Mrs F! I’ll need to keep practising…

Photos to follow!

 

Farewell Feis Rois!

Feis Rois

For the last twelve weeks P4-7 have been enjoying singing and song-writing with Sean, Paul and Sarah. Today we put on a concert for P1-3 and any family and friends who were free to come along. The children sang and were accompanied by Sean and Paul on guitars:

Katie Bairdie (the pupils made up verses with their own words),

The Border Hills,

Bananas are the best (their favourite!)

and Ae fond kiss by Robert Burns.

The pupils really enjoyed their traditional music-making sessions.

Thank you so much to Sean, Paul and Sarah! Sarah is actually a finalist for Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The final is to be held in January at the Royal Concert Hall. We’re all rooting for her!

Report by Eva Ferguson P7

Let’s Get Sporty!

The boys and girls had a great morning with the team from Let’s Get Sporty! They will be coming over the next two weeks to share some fun games and teamwork challenges to encourage the pupils to get active!

Unfortunately, the weather conditions meant that all the activities were held indoors this week. It didn’t stop any of the fun though!

Mrs Ferguson

The Let’s Get Sporty team were at Leswalt school on Wednesday and we ALL LOVED IT! I am sure the Let’s Get Sporty team loved us as well… Their names were coach Mary and coach Craig. They were very nice. The weather was atrocious so we stayed inside but at least we all had fun.  They will be here over the next two weeks and we hope we are the best school they have had.  I hope we gave a good first impression! They did hockey with us; drills and much more. We can’t wait for next week!

Reporter – Cameron McCutcheon

P4-7 Learn All About Alcohol

PC Nicola Wilson popped into P4-7 this afternoon for a chat with the boys and girls about the dangers of alcohol as part of their Health and Wellbeing topic. She explained to the pupils that alcohol is indeed a drug which can affect your emotions and your ability to make sensible decisions. She highlighted that the effects of alcohol are dependent upon various factors such as your size, age, fitness and how much you have eaten, and the importance of drinking responsibly.

Pupils considered why the legal age for drinking alcohol is 18 – Phoebe suggested it is because at a younger age, your body can’t cope with it. PC Wilson went on to explain that drinking a lot of alcohol can result in people doing silly or dangerous things which they might not normally do.

Pupils were interested to learn that there is alcohol is certain medicines and mouth wash, which is why the drink driving limit can’t be 0.

It was a very informative afternoon – thank-you to PC Wilson for taking the time to come in!

 

Read, Write, Count

Primary 1-3 pupils were very excited this afternoon to receive their Bookbug (P1) / Read, Write, Count (P2-3) gift bags. Parents were invited in as part of our launch of this Scottish Government initiative which aims to inspire a lifelong love of reading, writing and counting, and strengthen links between home and school learning by supporting parents in taking an active role in their child’s learning to give them the best start in life. They were shown the contents of the bags and given suggestions for helping to develop literacy and numeracy at home using these resources. After presenting the boys and girls with their bags, everyone headed down to the classroom where we spent time exploring our new books and games. The pupils are really looking forward to using the contents of their bags at home!

Pyjama Party for Pudsey

The boys and girls of Leswalt Primary held a ‘Pyjama Party for Pudsey’ today for Children in Need. Pupils donated money towards the appeal for wearing non-uniform and there was also official Children in Need merchandise for sale too. To further raise funds for this worthwhile cause, we had face painting by Kaiden and Joshua’s Mum and Primary 7 pupils, and we have been collecting donations of copper coins all week which were used to form a huge Pudsey in our school hall, then donated to the appeal. Well done to our Pupil Council reps who planned all of our Children in Need activities.

We are still counting up the exact total raised (there are lots of copper coins to be counted!!!) – but we expect it to be well over £100.

Qualified Playmakers!

Well done P4-7 pupils! Under the guidance of Laura McClymont and three training sessions, the pupils planned and delivered short ‘Playmaker’ sessions for their P1-3 schoolmates. A busy, active (and loud!) afternoon was enjoyed by the younger pupils who followed the instructions given by their older friends. Hopefully some of the upper primary might use these skills in the future in the playground or outwith school – what a great life skill to have! Thanks to Laura for her time and advice.

Sunny Winter’s Morning at the Wetlands

Today we all took advantage of the glorious sunshine to head over to Aldouran Wetlands. P1-3 were looking for signs of Winter and P4-7 were ‘adjective collecting’ for their Haiku poetry writing; the carpet of Autumn leaves and bare trees were a great stimulus for our imaginations!

We explored the gardens and found a brilliant new structure there – a fabulous new outdoor classroom! We can’t wait to use this lots over the course of the school session! What a lovely morning!

National Film Week – a trip to the cinema!

Today the whole school travelled to the Ryan centre to watch the new adaptation of “The Little Vampire”, an animated film of a series of books about how 2 young boys overcome their differences and prejudices to become friends.  This film was being shown free to schools as part of National Film week. What a lovely way to spend a blustery Friday morning – watching a movie with friends!

 

We will remember…

Today the boys and girls of Leswalt Primary headed over to Leswalt Parish Church where they were met by three ladies of the congregation. The ladies told the pupils about the ceramic poppy garden, created by a member of the congregation, one poppy for each Leswalt parishioner lost in WW1 and WW2. They also told us about the stunning poppy fall outside the church (1564 poppies were crocheted, knitted or felted to create this memorial for the 1564 days WW1 lasted). Together we all held a 2 minute silence to take some time to pay our respects.

The P4-7 class had printed a poppy banner under the guidance of Mrs Copeland our art teacher. The children felt it was a fitting tribute to hand this over to the church so that this can be put on display in the village hall on Remembrance Sunday.

What’s Cooking?!

Alison from Apex visited on  Friday afternoon (and will be in every Friday over the next six weeks) to talk about Healthy Eating. The children got the chance to chop vegetables, smell their soup simmering, taste their culinary creation, enjoy some fun games about nutrition AND head home with a recipe card and a back of vegetables so they can show their folks at home how to make this delicious soup too! The first group had a fabulous time and learnt lots too. The rest of the school were most envious but their turn will come…promise! What a great opportunity!

Frightening Fun for Halloween

The boys and girls of Leswalt Primary got dressed up in their creepy costumes for our annual Halloween party. The party was organised by our very able House Captains, Eva and Millie, who planned some fun games for everyone to participate in.

We started off with a costume parade for each year group and our school cook, Patricia, had the difficult decision of judging the winners!

We then moved onto some games, including Spooky Statues, Creepy Corners, Halloween Bowling and Dookin’ for apples. We ended the party with everyone showing off their best moves in a dancing competition, judged by the House Captains.

Parents and carers kindly donated apples and sweets for the children to enjoy. Joshua and Kaiden also kindly donated Halloween boxes for each pupil in the school which was filled with goodies for everyone to take home.

Everyone headed home to enjoy an evening of Trick or Treating!

Young Leaders of the Future!

Laura McClymont got the class together today to work on their organisation and leadership skills – the Playmakers’ Award.

Working in small groups, the pupils used  teamwork to plan and deliver a sporty activity to the rest of the class. The children thought about the personalities and skills within their group and how to ensure everyone was involved in the activity. Fabulous life skills to have! Laura was on hand to offer any nuggets of advice to the children too.

The children enjoyed their session and are already looking forward to their next two sessions.

Bonfire Night Safety Talk

The whole school received a safety talk from a member of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service team, Mr Clark. Mr Clark gave pupils some tips to ensure they have a safe Bonfire Night on 5th November.

He explained to pupils that fireworks travel at 150mph, so only adults over the age of 18 should be lighting them. Pupils were amazed to find out that the temperature of a sparkler can be 15 times hotter than boiling water – Mr Clark said it’s really important to wear gloves when handling them, and to have a metal bucket of water or sand ready to dispose of it afterwards. Pupils also learned which materials are safe to put on a bonfire – plastic and rubber give off toxic fumes so shouldn’t be burned, neither should glass or metal.

Mr Clark suggested attending an organised display if possible. All pupils are now armed with the knowledge to have a fun but safe Bonfire Night!

Computer Xplorers Learning Fun!

Today P4-7 were lucky enough to welcome John from Computer Xplorers. He spent a whole day with the class jam-packed with fun hands-on activities to investigate energy and renewable energy sources.

We started by looking at the transfer of energy through thermal imaging. Maisie left her hand print on the desk transferring the heat from her hand to the desk, Phoebe left her toasty footprints on the floor – we couldn’t see the handprints of footprints with our eyes but we could with the thermal imaging camera! Cool!

Throughout the day, the children worked in 2s and 3s to build Lego Educational models. John organised a competition – to design and create a model which could produce the most voltage. The small groups tested out their designs and then tried to improve on the voltage they could produce by altering their design slightly. Chloe and Euan won having produced a voltage of 14.94v!

The boys and girls also built wind or water turbines and tested these out. Then found out more about solar energy by building (and racing!) solar cell cars.

John spoke to the class about the desperate need for renewable energy sources for the future of planet Earth. The boys and girls had already done some work on fossil fuels; how they were created and the finality of their supply and so were aware of the importance of renewable energy sources.

The second challenge faced by the pupils was to build a wind or water turbine. John talked to them about wind and water power first and how this would work on a grand scale.All groups worked together so well on this. I overhead snippets of chat, “this is well cool!” and “I’m getting the hang of this” to “you want a shot doing the next bit” – so good to observe children working in this way.

In the afternoon, the children were set the task of building a solar panel car which they powered with a lamp (unfortunately weather was against us today).

So – three renewable energy sources covered in a day and awareness raised within our adults of the future and all whilst having lots of fun! Win win!

 

Yuck! P4-7 Learn all about Smoking…

Today Lisa from NHS D&G Quit your Way popped in to chat to us all about the negative , and very yucky, effects of smoking on your health. The pupils were involved in lots of experiments; from Dr Finlay and Dr Joshua investigating just some of the chemical concoctions that make up a cigarette ( in actual fact there are over 4000 chemicals!), to our fresh-faced and gorgeous Charlotte and Robin being transferred (by the powers of technology) to being ‘not so fresh faced looking ‘ after many years of smoking – you wouldn’t have recognised them!

The boys and girls tried out some fitness tests too. Not too healthy if you were a smoker and the cost?! So expensive – who would want to waste their money on something which is bad for you, affect your health and appearance? Crazy!

The class also considered the dangers involved in passive smoking – second-hand smoke. NHS Scotland has a bid to be smoke-free by 2034! Let’s work together to do this!!

Say NO to Smoking with the Breath Project

P4-7 were lucky enough to meet Prof Lockhart from the University of the West of Scotland yesterday and hear all about COPD (and its links to smoking) in our area. This presentation is designed to teach primary pupils about the dangers associated with smoking and hopefully, completely put them off trying it out in the future!

The children learnt some shocking facts and got to work around 4 activity stations; the peak flow meter, identifying the healthy model lung, COPD keywords word search and re-creating a model lung using a bottle and balloons. Time was a little against us, but I know all would agree it was a fun afternoon tackling a very serious subject. The pupils will continue to do some work on the ‘No Smoking’ message this week.

 

P4-7 Visit to the Wigtown Book Festival!

On Monday the 24th of September P4-7 went on a bus with Kirkcolm to Wigtown Book Festival. We went to see an Author called Gareth P.Jones who sang us songs about Death or Ice-cream and The twins who kept on trying to kill each other! He also talked about his new book-The Daily Joker. The Daily Joker has a joke for every single day of the entire year! He also had some of his other books on sale like Class of the Robot, Beards from Outer Space and the Ninja Meerkat series. Everyone laughed very much at his jokes and songs – and we’re more than sure to say that everyone enjoyed their trip to Wigtown Book Festival!

 

Reporters – Millie and Eva

 

 

Green Screen Training!

Last week primary 4/7 had Miss Creighton in to show them how to use the green screen.

Miss Creighton taught us how to use Serif Movie Plus a computer program and the green screen kit the school had received. We learnt how to build up the green screen then used Serif Movie Plus to do our slide show. The slide show was like magic because you were at the school but on the computer it looked as if you in Scotland somewhere else! We took each other’s photos, uploaded them to the computer and imported them into the program. Miss Creighton is a Stem advisor. A big thank you to Miss Creighton for coming in to show us how to use this cool piece of equipment!

Reporter – Kirstie P7

Maths is Everywhere – family homework challenge!

As part of Maths Week Scotland, the Clark, Millar, McHallum, Adam, Drummond and Agnew families created these amazing collages! Look at the work that went into these. From farming matters to baking, maths around the world to maths and our toys and in our homes – the boys and girls (and their helpful families) had thought of so many examples of maths being everywhere around us!

#effective contributors    #successful learners    #maths is indeed everywhere!

Maths Week Scotland!

Today kicked off our ‘Maths Week Scotland’ fun – Leswalt style! The boys and girls had a get-together this morning and chatted about the fact that Maths really is Everywhere – from Mrs F’s morning routine of the buzzing alarm clock to how many spoons of coffee and sugar she needed, to the shapes, time and numbers they could spot all around them in school.

Maths in Art was our first theme; with the infants looking at the shapes and patterns of the artist Paul Klee and P4-7 investigating parabolic curves and hearing about the free-hand line work of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian.

Maths in Computing had the P1-3 pupils using online sites Sum Dog and Education City (use those Sum dog log-ins at home as part of the national competition too!) The P4-7 class were busy coding using Scratch . Their challenge was to try and write a program to spell the word LESWALT. They used the sheets with the instructions as a starter but we’re hoping to try and code our own instructions as a next step.

Maths Outside had P4-7 heading off to tackle Mrs Ferguson’s Maths Challenge. Working in pairs the pupils needed to identify lots of examples of shapes, angles, measuring and number tasks. It was good fun!

Family members were invited in for some baking fun! Yum yum – using our counting and weighing skills we enjoyed making some delicious tray bakes with our classmates and family. P1-3 made ‘Fifteens’ and P4-7 made Rocky Road!

Don’t forget our optional Maths Homework Challenge of creating a collage on the theme ‘Maths is Everywhere’.

. Keep your eye on our blog to find out what we’ve been up to – photos of P1-3 have been added too!

 

 

Welcome Feis Rois!

What a wonderful musical experience P4-7 enjoyed today with a visit from Sean and Paul from Feis Rois. They will be joining us every Tuesday for most of term 1 and 2. The pupils loved listening to them playing Scottish music on their guitar and whistle/flute. Lots of foot-tapping! We then joined in singing a Gaelic name song together and a Matt McGinn song ‘Coorie Doon’. We talked about the meanings of the Scots words and learnt the song melody as Paul accompanied us on his guitar. What great fun – it certainly put a smile on all of our faces! Happy Tuesday – roll on next week!

Community Safety Team Talk

The Community Safety Team popped into Leswalt on Thursday afternoon as part of our ongoing Eco Schools work, to discuss with the children the importance of putting our litter in the bin and keeping Leswalt lovely looking! Andrew explained to pupils about the different types of litter that we can find outside and why it is dangerous to wildlife.

At this point, the sun was shining so we headed outside to conduct a litter survey of our playground. We then split into 2 groups, with half carrying out a litter pick of the playground and the other half looking at the Council’s street cleaner. Despite having to shelter from the rain half way through, we had an enjoyable afternoon outside!

North Rhins ‘Trio Together’ Day

The North Rhins Partnership schools came together at Kirkcolm on Tuesday for a day of fun in the sun – and what a glorious day it was! After the boys and girls of Leswalt and Portpatrick arrived, Leswalt showcased their singing in preparation for the end of term ceremony.

After break time, we got our sun cream and hats on and headed down to the beach, where we all did our bit for the environment by participating in the Great Plastic Pick-up for Scotland. Pupils collected lots of plastic, string and metal from the beach to help keep it clean. This will help in all 3 schools’ bid to achieve their Eco-Schools Green flag. Kerry Monteith from Dumfries & Galloway Council kindly brought along litter pickers and organised for the bags of rubbish to be uplifted. Whilst at the beach, some pupils got creative and made some beach art using seaweed and stones, such as castles, mermaids and fish.

We then made our way back to Kirkcolm Primary for a picnic lunch outside in the sun to re-fuel in preparation for the Partnership sports afternoon to come.

At 12.30pm we started our Inter-Schools sports, with lots of parents and families from the 3 schools cheering everyone along. We had a variety of races including sprint, egg and spoon, sack, skipping, distance and relay. Throughout the afternoon, pupils enjoyed water and a selection of fruit which was kindly provided by Lidl, who sponsored our afternoon. In the middle of our races, we stopped to catch our breath and say goodbye to our janitor at Kirkcolm, Mr Dougie Brawls, who was retiring from his post. Mr Brawls has worked at Kirkcolm Primary for many years and was loved by all in the school community for his cheery good nature. He was presented with gifts from staff, pupils and the Parent Council to show our appreciation for all his hard-work over the years.

To finish off our fun-filled afternoon, we had a beach ball race between the 3 schools where pupils had to pass the ball over their head to the next person using their feet! After some very close competition throughout the afternoon, Kirkcolm Primary was victorious with a total of 283 points. All the boys and girls had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to mix with the pupils from the other schools.

Trip to Culzean Castle

19/6/18         Our Trip to Culzean Castle

On the 18th of June the whole school went to Culzean Castle for our school trip.

P1-4 headed off to explore the beautiful castle. They saw lots of really interesting things in there – including a bell to ring for a servant! We don’t have things like that nowadays! They then enjoyed some fun at the playpark.

P5-7 worked on two workshops; Materials from our Earth and Using Maps. They spotted and chatted about man made materials and natural materials. Then they headed down to the beach to search for sandstone, volcanic rock, driftwood, feathers and limpet shells. In the map workshop, they learnt how to position a map the correct way and set a compass. They used their maps to navigate their way to the castle and back to the Home Farm and also created a felt map. After a busy day it was time to get the bus back to school! What a grand day out!

Reporters – Eva and Erin

 

Sandhead fun day football champions!

The partnership football team of Leswalt/Portpatrick lifted their second trophy in 2 weeks today, after winning the Sandhead fun day football tournament.  The weather may not have been as glorious as the previous week at Castle Kennedy, but this did not deter the spirit of the team (Rowan, Cameron, Ethan, Millie, Finlay, Rhian and Lachlan.)

The boys and girls never lost a game and made it to the final against Glenluce Primary. After a nil;nil draw at full time it went to penalties to decide the winner.  And after a tense shoot out and some great goalkeeping from Lachlan our partnership team were victorious!

Many thanks must go to Ewan Dodds, the coach and all the parents who have supported and transported the team to all the games this term.

 

Eco Friends Coffee Morning Success!

 

Well done P5-7! Today they held an Eco Friends Coffee Morning to display all the work they have been doing this term on plastic pollution, Fair Trade, The 3 Rs and Super Energy savers. They served banana muffins and chocolate crispies using FairTrade goods and FairTrade tea and coffee. Parents enjoyed browsing their stalls , looking at the pupils’ upcycling homework and junk modelling hats and chatting to the pupils about what they had learned.

£30 was raised which the children have decided to donate to Aldouran Wetlands. Mrs Jane Sloan popped into school to pick this up. The P7 pupils presented the donation to her which, she said, would be used to ensure there are plenty of nuts to keep the ever-hungry red squirrels going.

Celebrating Baby Annabelle’s Christening at Leswalt Parish Church

P1-4 have been learning about how different world religions welcome a baby. With the help of Rev Claire, we christened our very own Baby Annabelle in Leswalt Church.  Thomas and Breagh acted as parents, with Jack and Maisie accepting the responsible position of Annabelle’s godparents.  Baby Annabelle behaved wonderfully and we all learned lots about this family celebration.

Recycling Centre Visit for P5-7

Ground-breaking visit today when P5-7 headed to the Community Reuse Shop and Stranraer Zero Waste Project!

What an informative morning we had; looking around the Reuse shop at all the goods which have been donated by the people of Wigtownshire to be re-used by the people of Wigtownshire. Everything from full-size snooker tables from the George Hotel to pianos, from books to CDs, from golf clubs to food processors – you name it, it was there!

After Wilma had shown us around (and we’d enjoyed a pit-stop with juice and biscuits!), we headed over to the recycling area. We were amazed at how tidy it was for, essentially, a place where all your rubbish goes! Plastic, cans, paper, garden waste, electrical appliances, clothes, batteries and even cooking oil can all be recycled!

The Scottish Government has a goal to have no biodegradable land-fill by 2020 and it’s clear to see that Stranraer is definitely one of the leaders in this area! And now that our P5-7 pupils, who will be our adults of the future, are aware of just how much can be recycled, things are looking really positive. Well done Eco Friends!

Football Success at Fun Day!

Well done to the Leswalt Primary and Portpatrick partnership team – LesPort United perhaps?!- who won the football tournament at Castle Kennedy Primary’s Fun Day on Saturday!

The final game saw them playing the hosts in a thrilling match which ended in victory with Euan McCredie’s winning penalty shot! As always the team were a credit to the school. Well done to Ethan, Finlay McMillan, Alistair, Euan, Eva, Millie, Cameron and Rowan and Rhian from Portpatrick.

Super Sports Day in the Sunshine!

What a fabulous afternoon we all enjoyed over at Leswalt Park for our annual Sports Day! The sun shone which was an added bonus. The parents enjoyed a fun afternoon cheering on all the boys and girls who were such good sports. Logan’s mum, Lizzie Kennedy, very kindly provided the children with ice lollies after the long distance race – phew they were all ready for something refreshing then! The Parent Council then treated all boys and girls to a tub of ice-cream from Gillian’s shop. An afternoon with friends in the sunshine, participating and supporting each other in fun sporting activities and enjoying ice creams and lollies – all sounds perfect to me!

Check out the smiley faces in our snaps below!

P1’s Totally Tropical Day Out!

P1 accompanied, by Mrs Smith and Mrs Dinsmore, headed on the service bus into Stranraer today. They headed to Sugar Rush to spend their well-earned pennies from their tuck shop initiative, had a fabulous time playing at Agnew Park and scoffed a yummy ice cream from Dunns. Such fun! Have a look at the photos below to see their happy, smiling faces, the golden sand, blue sky and tropical palm trees – just idyllic I’m sure you agree!

Thanks Cameron and Sharon!

Cameron came into school this morning armed with a bag of 2 footballs and 2 basketballs which he and his mum had bought for the school’s playtime box. As we thanked her for being so thoughtful, Sharon commented, “It’s nice to be nice!”

What a lovely gesture! A huge thank you to you both – the boys and girls are delighted 🙂

 

Operations Safety Know-How for P6!

Our P6 pupils headed to Stair Park in Stranraer for their Operation Safety experience today.

The pupils picked up a wealth of information from 9 different activity stations; Ambulance, Drugs and Alcohol abuse, Coastguards, Online Safety, Electrical Safety, Anti-Social Behaviour, Cyber-bullying and more.

The Emergency Services get together to provide this information day for every P6 pupil and it has proved to be a fantastic learning experience for them.

Many thanks to Gael Gaw for accompanying our P6s along with Mrs Maxwell and Kirkcolm P6 pupils.

Rugby Training

P5-7  have been very lucky to have had four rugby training sessions with Andy Lang the Rugby Development Officer. The children have thoroughly enjoyed these as you can tell from the pictures below!

There are Rugby Training sessions available on a Sunday for anyone interested.

Bikeability for P-57

P5-7 have all achieved the Level 1 Bikeability! Over the last few weeks they have been out and about in the playground and on the road, led by Mrs McHarg and Mrs C Brown. They all now know how to do a bike check before hopping on their bike, and have picked up some handy tips and skills to keep them safe when out and about. We love the fact that the children are keen to be active, especially in this fine weather. Now we know they have the necessary skills to keep themselves safe too!

Yummy Leswalt Cream Teas Fundraiser.

Many, many thanks to everyone who supported the Cream Teas event in any way; everyone who baked, donated raffle prizes/bottles  or helped in any way.  Thank you, to Mrs  Louise Jamieson for helping to co-ordinate and organise the Cream Teas and to each and every person who played their part this afternoon – all the parents, pupils and friends of the school.  You are all stars.🌟

Thanks to your combined effort you have raised over £1000 for your school!

£906 profit was made on the day and the silent auction for the Stena Line Trip made an incredible £295,  taking the  total to over £1200!

Great team work!  Well done little Leswalt! 😊

* *Quiz update**

Many thanks to all those who entered our quiz. Mrs Smith was the winner!

 

 

Wedding Celebrations!

Don’t we all scrub up beautifully! Boys and girls came to school today dressed in their finery in honour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding. The girls had worked really hard in school this week to create the most gorgeous fascinators and hatinators and the boys had designed their very own funky ties. The children enjoyed a yummy picnic lunch outside too.

We were most honoured when Prince Harry and Meghan even managed to find some time to pop in to say ‘hi’! Wow!

 

Sunshine on Leswalt!

What a fabulous day we had enjoying Outdoor Education Day in the glorious sunshine!

P1-4 had a blast of a morning working together to build their mega-sized 3d junk castles! They all looked fabulous – fit for a knight.

P5-7 headed to Aldouran Wetlands to do some 2d triangle shape work. They built their own triangles then completed their ‘Boast Sheet’ full of all the facts and knowledge they had about different types of triangles. They then were busy in the garden back at school; weeding, sprucing up tubs, planting, watering and collecting any litter that had missed the bin.

Active children were the order of the day in the afternoon, enjoying team-games and Bikeability activities.

How we wished the sun could shine every day like this! We all had great fun…

 

Hello to our new P1s!

This morning we had seven very welcome visitors; Sophia, Sean, Ella, Ellie, Ewan, Hamish and Amelia came to spend an hour with us. They will be our new Primary one pupils in August and we are very much looking forward to having them. Their visits will build up over the next few weeks so they will get to know us, and we’ll get to know them! By all accounts, they seemed to enjoy themselves – look out for some photos to follow next week when they are not quite so camera shy!

P4 pupils made the BIG step through to the P5-7 classroom too. They all headed outside to take part in a Maths Treasure Hunt. Working in teams, they were all very busy 2d and 3d shape spotting, calculating area, finding angles and working with numbers found in the environment.

A very busy morning for all!

New P1 update – check out the snaps of our youngest visitors to Leswalt Primary. We are really enjoying their Tuesday visits! Hope they are too.

Primary 1 – The Shopkeepers!

As part of their Money topic, P1 have been running their playtime tuck-shop every day this week. This will run for this week and next. They have lots of yummy goodies for sale and, with just a little help from Mrs Smith, the P1 pupils are taking turns each day in manning their shop, taking orders, calculating amounts and giving change. Real-life maths and no mistake!

P2-6 love visiting the P1 tuck-shop and P1 seem to be relishing their jobs! They will use their hard-earned cash to treat themselves later in the term.

P1-4 – The Time Travellers…

 

P1-4 were thrilled to welcome back Kathryn Purchase with her History Alive presentation of ‘Knights and Castles’. This was a perfect way to launch our Castles topic and the children were fascinated with all the interesting facts and gory detail.  We can’t wait for the chance to have Kathryn back again!

 

“ I can see that when the Vikings were defeated, lots of castles were built.” Fraser

“It was interesting to find out about all the different parts in a castle.” Breagh

“ Early castles (motte and bailey) were made of wood and I didn’t know this.” Luke

“The church was overall ruler in medieval times.” Malcolm

“The walls of a castle could sometimes be as thick as our classroom!” Struan

“I liked finding out about the weapons used in a siege.” Murray

 

VERY Young Visitors Pop in to visit P1-4!

P1-4 are learning about babies and life cycles in HWB. We had some special little visitors into class to help us learn about how to care for a baby.  Kerr (4 months) and Olivia (13 weeks) popped in to see us with their mums, Alexa and Sarah.  The girls and boys had the chance to ask the mummies lots of questions and will now be taking on the challenge of caring for our own class baby, Baby Annabelle.

“I’m not looking forward to changing a nappy. I don’t really want to do it!”  Noah

“I now know how to hold a baby.” Brandon

“Washing the baby might be tricky!” Cara

“I’m not very keen on getting up in the middle of the night!” Malcolm

Enjoying the Sunshine at Logan Botanic Gardens

The whole school travelled to Logan Gardens today for a ‘Lost Word’ experience.  After enjoying a yummy picnic lunch in the gardens, the children joined Kate, our ranger from the Royal Botanical Society of Edinburgh, who used poetry as exploration of our local natural environment and biodiversity in different ways.

The focus was on the book, The Lost Words, which is a collaborative project between writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris.  The Lost Words celebrates the relationship between language and the living world, and of nature’s power to spark the imagination. Robert Macfarlane has created a series of spell-poems – one for each lost word – while Jackie Morris, inspired by her lifelong passion for Britain’s landscapes and wildlife, has painted  watercolours and used gold leaf to take the viewer on a visual journey of nature.  Every school in Scotland will receive a copy of this book as a result of a Crowd Funding project.

The children went for a poetry walk around the garden where Kate shared examples of work describing nature using figurative language.  They were then set the challenge of using their senses to discover the nature around them, creating a word bank to share with the group of what they found.  The boys and girls also created natural sculpture artwork using foraged materials to represent their particular plant of study.

Everyone enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the sunshine!

 

 

We’re Wild about Scotland!

P1-4 jumped on a bus to go and visit a bus on Wednesday afternoon! The Wild about Scotland double decker bus has been parked up at Stranraer Academy this week, and children were invited to hop aboard and find out a bit more about Scotland’s biodiversity. The children got to look through microscopes to view tiny animals in more detail, match bones and skulls to animals, look at antlers and feel different animal skins. It looks, and sounds like a whole lot of fun! What a lovely way to spend a Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

Generation Science!

Primary 1-4 had a blast of a time on Tuesday morning when the team from Generation Science came to visit to explain a bit more about the sun, moon and stars in a really fun way!

They used giant models of the Earth, sun and moon to show how they orbit and explain the concept of day, night and time (days, months and years) in child-friendly speak.

Judging from the giggling which could be heard coming from the hall, and the enthusiastic pupils who were full of interesting facts after the show; this was a tremendous success!

“The suitcases were from different countries and we learnt what people across the world are doing at the one time!” explained Malcolm.

“I had to stick the crocodile on Africa!” Isla said.

Aidan felt that it was a “really fun way to find out how the earth and moon orbit the sun.”

What a fabulous morning; full of fun and learning! The perfect combination. Take a look at the photos below…

Cross Country Fun!

What an active morning P5-7 had at Green Valley today. All Stranraer Academy feeder schools were invited to take part in the annual cross country event. Primary 5 pupils were set the challenge of a 1/2 mile race, whilst P6 and 7s had a mile route to follow.

A fast-paced aerobic warm-up got everyone in the zone then it was time for the runs.

Well done to everyone for their fantastic effort; every Leswalt pupil gave it their all. There were some rather pink cheeks at the finish line! Phoebe won 2nd place in her group and received a medal – go Phoebe go!

Curling winners!

Leswalt has the reputation for champion curlers – with 3 former pupils of Leswalt Primary all participating in World Curling Championships this year; Vicky Wright (just returning from playing in the World Women’s championship in Canada), Ewan Kyle (World Juniors) and Bobby Lammie (currently in Las Vegas for the World Men’s championship).

On the last day of term Leswalt Primary played in the Wigtownshire Primary schools curling Bonspiel.  This competition was open to all Primary schools in the area.  Leswalt Primary did exceptionally well, winning all of their games and were named overall winners of the competition. 

The team of Ethan Smith, Alistair Brown , Megan Mc Intyre and Kayleigh Williams returned back to school jubilant with their success, and their Easter Eggs!  This success was extra special to Mrs Baillie, as the shield they won was donated in memory of her later grandfather, George Littlejohn.

 

Well done team!

P 1 Easter bake off

Primary 1 had lots of fun with Mrs Smith today baking some Easter treats. 

The boys and girls enjoyed making their Easter chocolate nests .

They also enjoyed licking the bowl!

Keeping Leswalt Looking Lovely!

This afternoon, the whole school headed outside into the Spring sunshine. The Eco-group’s recent meeting has discussed any litter issues and, as this month highlighted The Great British Clean-Up, we decided to do our bit for the community by doing a litter pick.

Boys and girls worked together in small groups to go on the hunt for rubbish which really should have been put in a bin. We’re delighted to say the playground was reasonably litter-free, so we headed off into the village, towards the park, picking up any rubbish as we went.

Some boys found a pair of gloves in the park which belonged to the Aldouran Wetland Watchers team, so we returned these to them. Soon our bin bags were rather full and so we headed back to school.

All of the rubbish picked up has been disposed of in our bins at school. The children worked very well together; being careful not to pick up any glass by themselves. They showed themselves to be very Responsible Citizens.

It was a nice way to spend an afternoon; making sure our wee village of Leswalt stays looking as lovely as it is!

Bright Sparks!

Today two representatives from Scottish Power Energy Network came to visit our P5-7 class to give their insider information about Electricity Use.

The children were brimming with questions about how electricity gets from the power station to their homes, Scottish Power Energy Network’s use of renewable and non-renewable power sources, how can birds sit safely on power lines (!) and electrical safety questions.

The pupils looked at some examples of underground cables and the ones which we use in the home, recreated a series electricity circuit using themselves as conductors and a wooden spoon as an insulator, tried on some electrical safety clothing and took part in a quick-fire quiz at the end to check their listening skills.

It was a very interesting morning and came with one very important message: BE SAFE WHEN USING ELECTRICITY! Just because it cannot be seen, smelt or heard does not mean that it is harmless.

Many thanks to Kenny McKinstry and Ewan Cameron for coming into our class. We learned lots!

Scottish Opera – Oh What a Show!

Wow – what a brilliant day we have had! The children of Leswalt P5-7, Sandhead, Portpatrick and Drummore got together at Sandhead to work on their production of ‘Dragon of the Western Seas’ produced by The Scottish Opera. The children had been working hard on the song words since the start of February and had them mastered, now it was time to add that extra sparkle with choreography, acting and costumes.

The mini-opera production told the story of a Chinese Emperor, his Admiral, their fleet of explorers and their travels across India, the Persian Sea and the continent of Africa. The children were split into groups of Indians, Pirates and Africans and then took the lead from the three members from The Scottish Opera for their moves and actions. After a very busy morning of listening carefully, following stage directions, adding some snazzy dance moves and getting those costumes on; the children were ready to stage their show.

Over 50 parents and friends came to enjoy the final performance. And what a rousing and emotionally-charged mini-opera it was! We loved every second of it – I hope all the boys and girls did too! Well done to all involved.

Superb (if a little soggy) Fun at Stronord!

Rain, wind and hail did not deter this bunch of ‘Tough Tinas’ one bit at Stronord! The boys and girls of P5-7, accompanied by Mrs F, Gael Gaw and Kim McGuire enjoyed an overnight residential stay packed full of fun, new experiences, yummy food, night-time blethers and mud!

The first day involved a 5mile hill walk up Larg Hill beyond Creetown. They were led by Outdoor Instructors Robbie and David. The children climbed over 450 metres through marshy land, burns and rocky crags. The wind knocked a few sideways and the hail was unrelenting but did they moan or grumble? No way! This bunch simply started singing their Scottish Opera songs and ‘Flower o’ Scotland’! It was their positive mental attitude that impressed the instructors hugely. They were full of praise for the attitude of the children.

Dinner was a huge hit. Unfortunately, the cook for Stronord was unwell and so we had to be very resourceful and cater for ourselves. The day before we left, some P7s and Mrs Gaw headed off to do some shopping for our breakfast, supper and packed lunches. Thursday night’s tea was a Starfish dinner! Yum yum! The boys and girls then settled down in their pjs and sleeping bags to watch Paddington 2 . All was quiet and settled. It was the calm before the storm!

In all honesty, everyone behaved very well! There were just a few of our younger pupils who were far too excited to sleep. Their giggles and excited whispers were heard long into the wee hours of the morning… but eventually they nodded off.

Friday dawned (a little too quickly for the adults!) and once we were up, dressed and breakfasted, Robbie, Alex and Ed appeared to get us kitted up for the day. We split into two groups and headed off to either mountain biking or orienteering. The day was initially chilly but bright – the rain held off until after lunchtime.

The children had a fabulous time and came home dirty, tired but full of enthusiasm. They were a pleasure to be with. Huge thanks to Kim and Gael for coming along to share the experience with us! I really do believe the children gain so much from an annual residential trip; confidence, socialisation, independence and the chance to try something a bit different a million miles away from the classroom setting.

Just take a look at these photos – what an amazing part of the world we live in. Don’t you agree?

Pyjama party!

The p5-7 pupils at Stronord have all been fed and are all now snuggled up in their pyjamas.  They are having a ball!  Wonder when they will get to sleep….?

Stronord – the story so far

Primary 5,6 and 7 have arrived safely at Stronord.  They unpacked their luggage and were soon heading off a hill walk.  Mrs Ferguson reported the weather was a wee bit drizzly on arrival (thankfully it was not pouring with rain). 

They have since climbed up Larg Hill and are currently en route back down to the centre, where they will soon get cosy inside and await a hot meal.   Tonight they can cuddle up in their pyjamas, enjoy hot chocolate, some treats and a DVD night together.

 Have a look at all the smiling faces!

 

Holiday Easter Egg Hunt

Please see the photo below regarding the Kirkcolm Church and Community Council Easter Egg Hunt. Pop along to Kirkcolm Village Hall on Monday 2nd April to participate – all welcome!!

Springtime Maths Fun!

On Monday the 12 of March, to celebrate the fact that the sun was shining, p5-7 went outside for their Maths work. We went over what we knew about angles and used new learning to calculate volume. We also shared what we already knew about shape by spotting and naming real-life 3d shapes like the portacabin, bug hotel and pencil bin!

We got sticks and used them to measure and find out the size of angles. We all had a great time outside. It was a nice day but still quite cold. We enjoyed doing something a bit different to start off our week!

Reporter Euan McCredie

 

 

Super Scientists at Leswalt Primary

The staff, parents and pupils of Leswalt Primary enjoyed an afternoon of Science as part of our British Science Week celebration.

British Science Week runs from 9th-16th March and is designed to raise awareness of all things Science-y and encourage boys and girls to hone their investigative skills.

The Leswalt Primary pupils worked on a range of Science tasks; Magic Ink to Poo from the Past, Coding with Lego WeDo to bird nest building, programming the Mouse Maze to Electrical Circuits to name but a few! Parents enjoyed working on these with pupils too. Creating ‘poo’ for a Science experiment – what’s not to like!

Parents and pupils go stuck into the activities with great gusto – having a shot at the many STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) activities on offer. It was a very busy but fun afternoon. One mum was amazed at how quickly the time flew!

Fun Science activities, all working together and raising awareness of important ecological issues equals a very successful afternoon’s learning. Watch out for those future scientists!

Check out our photos below!

Winners at the Burns club competition!


A huge congratulations must go to Phoebe Gaw and Jenna Calderwood for their supreme confidence and participation in the Stranraer Burns club competition.

Against all other Rhins Primary schools, Phoebe won the p3,4,5 class! And Jenna won the p6,7 class! Both girls gave their poems lots of expression and actions to impress the judges.

Such was the high standard from Leswalt, the school was awarded the trophy for the best school in the competition!

Well done girls, we are all very proud of you !

#confident individuals

 

New Toys!

Primary 1-4 were delighted to receive an injection of brand new toys and beanbags to their class this week.  A few weeks ago the younger pupils wrote letters to the Parent council asking if they could help fund some new role play equipment and games for the class.  Mrs Mc Knight went shopping for the class and they are now the proud owners of comfy bean bags, a bright rug and a mountain of new toys for the infants to enjoy.

Many , many thanks must go to the Parent council for providing the money for our younger pupils to enjoy. 🙂

Ice art

Primary 1-4 and Mrs Mc Knight were getting creative making ice art this week.  Armed with pipettes full of food colouring the younger pupils were able to observe how the dye travelled through different frozen blocks that Mrs Mc Knight brought from home.  This work is all part of their focus this term on “Weather”.

And, the weather was so cold at Leswalt this week ,  once their wonderful ice art shapes were put outside – they all re-froze!

 

World Book Day Fun!

Thursday 1st March was World Book Day! The children enjoyed a wonderful day of reading based activities all designed to encourage us all to take the time to read.

The pupils arrived at school this morning armed with a pre-loved book which they then donated to The Great Book Swap. What a vast array of fabulous books were on the table for pupils top choose from. Each book had been signed by its owner and a short message of goodwill written inside.

The boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed choosing their new books which are now ready to go to their new homes to be loved all over again.

The P1-4 class are enjoying their class novel, Demon Dentist and the P5-7 class are sharing Charlotte’s Web as it had been read to Mrs Ferguson when she was a pupil at primary school. You are never too old to enjoy listening to a story!

D.E.A.R. time was had three times during the day. This stands for Drop Everything And Read for five minutes. From the littlest P1 – to the teachers, everyone downed tools and enjoyed their book – you truly could have heard a pin drop!

Pupils were also aiming to take an Accelerated Reading test in class wherever possible too. So many words being gobbled up by our resident book worms!

In addition to all of this, pupils are coming home with their World Book Day tokens today, which can be used towards to purchase of a brand new book. Lots of boys and girls have also handed in their entries for the ‘Design a Book Token’ competition already – but there’s still time if anyone fancies entering this.

Enjoy your new books everybody – it’s most definitely the weather to cuddle up and enjoy a story!

Chinese Workshop Inspires…

Ni Hao!

This afternoon, to add to their vast repertoire of experiences, the pupils of P5-7 welcomed Dr Meryl James from the  SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, and CISS, Confucius Institute for Scotland’s School. She gave the pupils a fascinating insight into China, its culture, a little of the geography and history of this huge country and an introduction to the language. The children looked at Chinese symbols and their representation and were able to put together numbers and months with surprising ease. It was quite amazing, and most impressive, to see how hungry young minds are for knowledge and how quickly the children took this new information on board (they were far quicker than their teacher if truth be told!)

Dr James is an entertaining and interesting expert in this area, having travelled to China 24 times in the last 25 years! She said she finds new and interesting things out about the country every time she goes. She was particularly keen that the pupils of today should be encouraged to go out into the big world and explore. She’s definitely left them with an interest in all things Chinese.

Dr James has left some further information for us to have a look at and also recommended the BBC Primary Languages website which has a section on Mandarin on it. Go and check it out!

She also made a particular point of saying to staff just how impressed she was by the polite, well-mannered and enthusiastic children we have – so well done to all the boys and girls!

Leswalt Primary Feels the Winter Olympics Vibe!

Getting into the sporting spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics, pupils from Leswalt Primary enjoyed a Curling Extravaganza today at school.

P7 pupils headed off the to North West Castle in the morning, to take part in Curling coaching with some pupils from other schools. Two of our five P7s already go along to weekly curling, but this ignited the interests of the rest of the group too. They had a blast – and just a few slips on the ice too!

In class, the pupils are closely following the curling taking place in PyeongChang at the moment, cheering on local girl Vicky Adams, but today got the chance to meet a real-life Olympian; in Margaret Agnew (nee Morton), a member of the Olympic Gold Medal Ladies’ Team from the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics! To our pupils, she is much better known as the mum to Thomas in P2, so the children and staff were fascinated to hear about her experiences within Curling!

Mrs Agnew came into school this afternoon to share her Olympic story with the children; talking first to P1-4 and then to P5-7. She let them hold her Gold medal (only 5 of this particular medal were ever made, so it is very very special) and show them some photo memories she has of this. The pupils had some great questions for her, and were intrigued to find out about how she got into the sport, the training involved, qualifying for the Olympic games and the feelings she had before, during and after that momentous winning match!

Meanwhile, her husband, Mr Agnew (who is a curling coach) worked with the rest of the school in the hall on indoor curling! Gail Munro from the North West Castle and Alison Murray from Active Schools came along to assist him. The children very enthusiastically played on their rinks (or ‘sheets’ as they would be known) using their curling stones which moved using ball bearings. There was much excitement when it came to scoring! Some teams were celebrating, others vowing to beat them next time!

Many thanks to our local Olympian Mrs Agnew, Curling Coach Mr Agnew, Gail Munro and Alison Murray for giving up their time to give the pupils of Leswalt Primary a first-hand experience of this exciting sport. And the notion that perhaps, if they work hard, one day they too could be an Olympian just like Thomas’s mum!

The Day History Came Alive!

Today the pupils of P5-7 from Leswalt, Portpatrick and Kirkcolm travelled back to the times of Wallace and Bruce led by Kathryn Purchase from History Alive. The children sat enthralled as they listened to this turbulent period of History; from the unfortunate death of King Alexander III through to the eventual recognition of Robert the Bruce as King. This covered many years of gruesome fighting – all of which the pupils rather enjoyed hearing about! The session truly did bring HISTORY ALIVE!

In the afternoon, the Leswalt pupils got the chance to try on some typical costumes/chainmail from that period and look at helmets and weaponry. It was utterly fabulous!

“I loved this – it was so fascinating! I found out where the word ‘hospital’ came from too!” said Phoebe and Auryn.

“Robert the Bruce’s heart led an army into a crusade. His friend threw it, in its lead casket, so that Robert would have fulfilled his wish to lead a crusade! That’s gory!” Finlay commented.

Kayleigh loved the fact that they got to actually try on some costumes with their friends.

Ethan agreed, “This was so interesting and much more fun than just reading a book about it!”

Thank you so much to Kathryn – making HISTORY ALIVE just makes all the difference. It becomes so real and the children (and staff) so enjoy your sessions.

Super Scratch at Leswalt!

 

Today we were lucky enough to enjoy a Coding session using Scratch led by Karen Creighton our local RAiSE teacher.

The pupils enthusiastically logged on to the website (Mrs F had set up their logins prior to the session) and followed a set of instructions to code their sprite to do different actions! Strangely enough, the pupils seemed much more au fait with this than their teacher! Coding has become big news in technology developments and it was fabulous and that our pupils got the chanc to explore this with guidance. This is something which the class can access from home and so add to their projects. Scratch is used worldwide by schools to introduce coding to children (and beginner adults!)

The class had a great morning – thanks to Miss Creighton for her expert input!

 

 

 

Scots Wha’ Hae Celebrations. Part Three – The Scots Showcase Assembly!

 

Final event, to culminate our January focus on Scots verse and song, was this afternoon’s Showcase Assembly!

Friday

Friday brought us towards the closure of our Scots festivities with the Showcase Assembly in the afternoon. Pupils, parents and staff gathered for an afternoon packed full of winning recitations and sing-along Scots class songs.

Every class stage had been judged on their handwriting, artwork and poetry recitation on Wednesday by Mr McCracken, and those winners were presented with their certificates at this afternoon’s Showcase Assembly. The audience were entertained with very impressive poetry recitations and both classes sang their wee hearts out with their class songs; The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede and The Proclaimers’ hit ‘I’m on my Way…’

Everyone agreed it was a lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon. Well done to all the boys and girls!