National award winning cyclists!

Staff, pupils and parents at Leswalt Primary were delighted today when it was announced the Leswalt Primary was the winning Scottish school, and 2nd out of 1100 schools in the UK who took part in “The Big Pedal”.

This was the result of 15 days real effort by the whole community – to leave the cars at home and cycle to school.

Congratulations to all!

Cycling in the snow

Leswalt Primary pupils continue to cycle in all weathers – and pupils went that bit extra today by cycling to school in the snow.   Many resembled snowmen on bicycles by the time they reached school!

All this effort is to great effect as Leswalt Primary is currently now 2nd place in the National Big Pedal competition. (

And once the sun came out this afternoon pupils had some more cycling fun in the form of safety games on bikes, with Ann Ferguson (Active Schools Co-ordinator).  Pupils rode around the playground learning more about helmets and safety while cycling.  P1-4 even had a slow bicycle race! This helped the children focus on their balance and co-ordination.

The Big Pedal

Staff and pupils cycling to Leswalt Primary

Leswalt Primary has got off to a great start in “The Big Pedal”.

Every day for 3 weeks pupils staff and parents will be cycling to school.    Mrs Bathgate has even been cycling all the way from Portpatrick – well done! The numbers of cyclists are entered on the website .

After day 1 and stage one figures were calculated, Leswalt Primary was 4th in the whole of the UK (out of more than 600 schools taking part).  This is a fantastic start to the initiative.  So, keep on pedalling!

Entertaining afternoon for the community!

Primary 5-7 went to the Thursday Club yesterday afternoon to entertain members of the communitys went to the village hall to perform as individuals, and as a class.

The audience listened to Mairi playing the piano and and learned about the sport of golf from Callum and Ben.  The boys invited people to have a go at their little putting game they had set up in the hall.  Eilidh brought in her chameleon and explained how she cares for it, before passing it round. The Archibald twins also entertained by playing a few tunes on their violins.  Ben even took his bike along and explained some basic bike maintenence! Catherine brought in some lovely swiss rolls which she had baked and this was later cut up and enjoyed by the audience, with a cup of tea. All the other pupils had their spot in front of the audience too, before the class came together to sing “Caledonia”.

Mrs Bathgate reported that this was a wonderful afternoon.  P5-7 were displaying characteristics of “Confident Individuals”.  They all left happy, with gifts of little baskets of chocolate eggs for the whole school.