P1-3’s Visit to Balgracie Farm & the Musuem

P1-3 had a lovely sunny morning with Mr Drennan at Balgracie Farm, who was assisted by Isabel Milroy from RHET.  Our topic this term is Farming so it was lovely to escape the classroom and find out more in a real life setting.  The highlight of the trip was most definitely seeing all the young calves and getting to sit inside the tractor!

We then boarded the bus and made a visit to Stranraer Museum where we looked at all the old farm machinery and tools.  This really helped us to see how farming has changed over the years.

Finally, we made a sneaky little trip along to Agnew Park for a quick play before heading back to school for lunch.

The perfect way to spend Outdoor Learning Day!

Outdoor Education Day in the Sunshine!

What a gorgeous day we have had!

P4-7 headed over to the beautiful Aldouran Wetlands this morning and had some maths fun in the sun. The pupils have been working on 2D to 3D shapes in class, so they used natural materials to recreate these shapes. Too soon, it was time to head back to school; but there was more outdoor fun to come!

A very kind group of volunteers from Aldouran Wetlands came in to help the pupils add a little TLC to our garden area. Plant pots were revamped, weeding done, tyres painted, new plants homed, bug hotels spruced up….it was a tremendously busy morning. All made so much easier with having lots of knowledgeable helpers – huge thanks to Elspeth Jamieson, Colin and Ruth Belton, Theolette Watson, Ann Ireland and Jane Sloan for giving up their time to help us (and to Colin for all the plants he brought along for us too). We’re delighted with the difference to our garden area!

 

Sponsored Walk Superstars!

These pupils took on the sponsored challenge of walking 7 miles to raise money for our school. They joined our trio buddies at Kirkcolm Primary on their 50th Annual Mini Walk and walked the countryside route with friends and family. Once back at the school, the walkers received a medal, a commemorative mug to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this community walk and enjoyed a delicious lunch of soup, sandwiches and sweet treats. Well done all -with special congratulations to Jack Cloy and his Granny Alison who were the first Leswalt walkers finished!

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!