In a bid to make the most of the late Summer and early Autumn sunshine, P5-7 have been enjoying their Fresh Air Friday sessions.
It’s a chance for us to be outside and learn together; using our playground and village surroundings as a real-life context for our activities.
From mini den-building to circuit training, storytime sessions to whole school rounders, place value maths game to chalk symmetry, village quiz walk to number games – it’s been a fabulous way to enjoy outside learning!
Fun, fresh air and learning – what’s not to love!
And next week marks the start of Maths Week Scotland – keep your eyes peeled for more outdoor activities featuring on this blog!
Lots of pupils having been busy filling in applications and/or interviewing for various positions of responsibility in school over the last week. Today, all of the positions were announced – much to the delight of pupils who were desperate to find out!!
In our Pupil Council for this session, we have: Rachael, Ellie, Carys, Alexander, Aidan and Joshua.
Hopefully, helping to gain our second Eco Schools Green Flag in the Eco committee, we have: Ela, Hamish S., Ewan, Rose, Chloe and Jack
Our new monitors until January are:
Head librarian – Hamish McG.
Door monitor – Faye
Dinner hall – Tristan & Thomas
Cloakroom – Noah
Prospective Digital Leaders had to find and complete an online application form on Microsoft Teams – testing out their digital skills even before they were appointed the job!! Our new Digital Leaders for the session are: Malcolm, Noah and Luke.
And finally, our House Captains (who had to prepare a speech explaining why they were the best person for the job) are: Andrew for Loch Naw and Gregor for Soleburn. All p7s did an amazing job at their speeches and everyone was impressed at how much thought and effort went into these. It was a very close vote!
Well done to everyone who applied for a position – it was a very difficult choice!
As part of their Social Studies topics, both P1-4 and P5-7 classes have been learning and discussing their local environment. Today we headed for a jaunt up to the Agnew Monument at the top of the hill – it’s on our school jumpers so we wanted to get a closer look and find out more about it!
Initially the rain literally stopped play – so we waited until the skies cleared, donned our hi-vis jackets and off we went. Blue skies encouraged us up the hill and all the pupils did remarkably well – some just needing a little encouragement from their buddies and parent helpers to keep going.
Once at the top, we challenged one another to spot Leswalt, the school, Stranraer and the ferries at Cairnryan. What a fabulous view we had! We all sang Happy Birthday to Rose (she’ll remember her 9th birthday for sure!) then Mrs Baillie took a few snaps of all the boys and girls standing by the monument. We found out that the monument was built as a memorial to Sir Andrew Agnew who was a prominent MP for the area back in the 1800s. Interestingly, there is a crypt in the old graveyard which P5-7 pupils spotted on their Tuesday adventures, which has the Agnew name on it too. We are presuming the Agnew name was a very important one – and Thomas assured us it still is!
As we stood and admired the view from the top, we did notice a rather grey cloud gathering pace and so we hot-footed it back down the hill towards school. We didn’t quite manage to dodge the rain though! Never mind, with the little stalwarts that we have at Leswalt, they headed back to school full of chat and giggles – if perhaps a little soggy!
What a lovely end to the week! Check out the smiling faces below…