Funding for playground development

The parent council have been awarded £10,000 from Killgallioch Wind farm!  That is amazing.

This money recognised the efforts of the fundraising initiative started by Andrew in P7 and the subsequent efforts of others to provide additional funding in recent sponsored activities.

Many thanks must also go to Elaine Mc Gregor and Mags Agnew who have been working on this bid and promoting the fundraising.  The money will be for new playground equipment – including outdoor gym equipment and an outdoor classroom.

Well done to all pupils and parents for the part you have played in this – top teamwork!

Now we will have both a shiny new school and new playground to look forward to!

Spreading the Christmas cheer

On a wet and windy last day of term Mrs Claus and her elves (aka Mrs Ferguson and Mrs Baillie and the p5-7 children) went a wander round the village to distribute the Christmas cards all of p1-7 had made in school to some of the elderly residents of Leswalt.

Many doors were opened, to delighted faces and the children wished all “Merry Christmas”.    It was a lovely way to spread the Christmas cheer, even the rain didn’t dampen our smiles!


New playground markings

In September we were successful in receiving some funding from Maths Week Scotland.  Mrs Mc Harg put in a funding bid for a grant.  The only condition was that we had to use this to promote Maths, so we decided to purchase a new playground marking in the shape of a giant target. This will enable pupils to work with numbers in a fun way both at break times and during lessons if they go outdoors.

Today the team from Sovereign play were on site to install the new maths target round the back of the school to give the children another focus at playtimes and maths lessons.  We all went a wander round this morning to check it out and were delighted  with  the  final  design.

Wee woolly bunnets!

Primary 1-4 have been very creative and have all made some very cute Christmas woolly bunnets with Mrs Mc Knight. 

Everyone made elf sized winter warmer head wear in class, using lots of brightly coloured wool.  These creations will be entered as part of the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) competition to make a Christmas decoration using wool.  The boys and girls will send off their photographs to be judged.  And, once made they took great pleasure at hanging them all on the Christmas tree in the school hall for everyone to see.


Well done p1-4 , they all look very cute and cosy! 

Well done Andrew – a fabulous fundraiser!

Huge thanks and congratulations must go to Andrew and his family who have shown great initiative and decided to get out walking, get fit and raise money for Leswalt Primary in the process.

Andrew has been asking friends and family to sponsor his efforts of walking.  Yesterday Andrew and some of his family walked 8 miles.

Andrew would like the money to benefit the school playground, so is passing his fundraising to the parent council to combine with the recent money they were awarded.

To date Andrew has raised an amazing £437 – with the promise of more coming in!

Well done young man – we are very proud of you!

Thank you Mark and Rachael!

Over lockdown, Mark and Rachael Drummond we budding entrepreneurs who set up and ran their own farm shop at Barbeth.  They sold delicious home baking, crisps, tablet and all sorts of yummy treats.   Mark and Rachael very kindly decided to donate all of their profits to their school.

Grandpa Simpson was very impressed with all of their efforts too and said he would match whatever they raised .

So, Mark came into school with the amazing total of £350 this week!  Wow!Well done team Drummond/Simpson!

Rachael thought the school could maybe buy a laptop with the money.  Mark said he wanted something more fun.  Mrs Baillie thought while a laptop can be fun, it would be good for all the boys and girls to have some fun together , after a long lockdown away from each other.  Mrs Baillie has suggested the boys and girls could perhaps have a fun day away (when we are allowed to!) and enjoy it together.  She has asked the boys and girls to think if they have any other ideas for the use of they money -maybe mums and dads have ideas too?

Thank you Mark and Rachael, we will put the money to good use!

Digital Skills Scotland award!

I am delighted to say that following a process which we have been undertaking over the last 2 years, as part of our School improvement plan, our partnership of trio schools has achieved National recognition in the Digital Skills Scotland awards.

Yesterday I received official confirmation that we have been validated and awarded this, following a lengthy submission of evidence and visit of an assessor. 

Dear Ms Sheila Baillie

Following your Digital Schools Award Scotland validation visit by Alan Yeoman, I am delighted to inform you that North Rhins Partnership Schools – Leswalt Primary / Port Patrick Primary and Kirkcolm Primary have been successful in their application to become Digital Schools in Scotland.

On behalf of all the partners involved in the Digital Schools Award Scotland I would like to congratulate the schools on achieving this award.

I enclose the validation report which summarises the validator’s view of the extent to which the schools addressed the award criteria.   The Digital School Award is recognised by Education Scotland.

We are confident that North Rhins Partnership will be a pioneer among schools where digitally enhanced teaching and learning is helping our children and young people prepare for living and working in the 21st Century.

Kind regards

Aoife O’Connor
Programme Coordinator
Digital Schools Award Scotland

This award is recognised by Education Scotland.  Only one other school in the whole of Dumfries and Galloway has this award currently.
Thank you must go to all staff and pupils for their hard work and willingness in this work – they are indeed a “pioneer among schools”. 
Our team may be small – but is mighty!

Headteachers for the day

As part of the Children in Need fundraising, Alexander and Ewan Clark sold the most quiz sheets.  As a reward, they were allowed to be “Headteacher”.  They started their slot in charge of Leswalt Primary be sending out an email to all parents;

“Hellow just to say Leswalt primary is the best.
If we wear head techer we would have a big foot ball mach and some pet sheep in the play ground.
Can you mums and dads give your children lots of sweets to night?
see you later alegater.”
Some parents entered into the spirit of the new regime and  quickly responded to the communication from their new leaders with “in a while crocodile!”
This was later followed by an update to all parents from the real Mrs Baillie;

“Good afternoon

I have moved from Leswalt Primary to Portpatrick  this afternoon, to leave Leswalt Primary under the shared leadership of Messers Clark.
I have just telephoned the school to speak to the Headteacher.  They have reassured me all is well under their control.  When I have asked what they have done this afternoon , apparently  they have sat back in the office and enjoyed a hot chocolate and Kit Kat (please note this is not standard practice by the Headteacher at Leswalt.)
And,  “Ewan has played Friv” and “Alexander has made up a powerpoint for Mrs F”. 
The dynamic duo is also about to embark on implementing  their fun idea of a whole school football match.
Sadly for all involved, normal service shall resume tomorrow .”
Here is a happy picture of the headies, hard at work!