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!