Curling’s cool bonspiel

Our team of Cara, Brandon, Mark and Carys recently took back to the ice to take part in the annual inter-school curling bonspiel at the Ice rink in Stranraer.  Every year a trophy is awarded in the memory of Mrs Baillie’s grandfather.

Leswalt were skipped by Cara Jamieson and did get to the play-offs.   Glenluce Primary were the eventual winners of the competition.  Our team thoroughly enjoyed their day at the North West Castle and mixing with all their friends from other schools.

UNCRC Rights of the Child- Article 15: Setting up and Joining Groups

World Book Day Fun at Leswalt!

Books are BIG news at Leswalt Primary – we LOVE to share stories together, curl up with a good book and use what we read to help us learn more about the world around us. Last Thursday was a chance to celebrate all of this 🙂

P5-7 signed up to join a World Book Day event with none other than the award-winning author Terry Deary – he of the Horrible Histories fame! This fitted in perfectly with our class project as we have been learning all about the Romans and Terry was holding a quiz about the Rotten Romans! Oh my, they truly were rotten!

Library Monitors Ben Gill and Ellie Bennewith led a lunchtime Book Club for P1-3 which was extremely popular! They used Bookflix to listen to some fabulous stories as pupils cuddled up on the blankets and cushions – staff quite liked the look of this club too! They wrote up this short report up too…

On World Book Day, we (Ellie and Ben) held a lunchtime reading club with P1-3.  We listened to and read stories like The Gingerbread Man. We brought through cosy blankets and cushions from the big class so that we could snuggle down. One of the stories had a song and a dance to go with it so we enjoyed a little dance too! It was lots of fun!

In the afternoon, P1-3 donned their jackets and, armed with a WBD scavenger sheet on a clipboard, headed out into the Spring sunshine on the hunt for some book-ish clues. P5-7 ended their afternoon with a ‘Book and a Biscuit’ session – taking the chance to enjoy some chilled out reading time whilst enjoying a tasty treat!

Hope you’ve all had a chance to use those WBD vouchers! These give a £1 off a book or can be used in exchange for any specially produced WBD £1 books.

Curl up with a good book and let your imagination grow!



Leswalt Kicks Off British Science Week!

Friday 8th March saw the start of British Science Week – a ten day celebration of all things Science-y!

So, P1-3 hit the ground running this morning.  We joined in with a live lesson hosted by Glasgow Science Centre and Caitlin from the Marine Conservation Society.
We learned some brilliant facts about the coastline and marine animals around Scotland.
Scotland has 61% of UK waters and it is home to some amazing animals like flapper skates, basking sharks and occasionally leatherback turtles.
We learned about the dangers of litter in the ocean and our part in helping to stop this.  80% of ocean litter comes from inland.  Putting our rubbish in the bin and taking part in litter picks are great ways to stop rubbish making its way to our oceans.
Not to be left out, P5-7  joined a BBC Live Lesson which looked at invertebrates and lifecycles. This was really interesting! Pupils learnt about complete and incomplete metamorphosis, classifying insects, the study of insects and tardigrades – in fact, lots of new information. Our brains were buzzing with new facts! Even better, our new Science topic for term 3/4 is based on Lifecycles, Inheritance, Survival and Extinction and so this was a perfect starter!
In addition, one of P5-7’s morning starters this week is a British Science Week challenge to create a pendulum timer. Will anyone manage to design a timer which swings 10 times in 30 seconds?! Watch this space….
UPDATE! Ewan Clark smashed the BSW challenge!
Tuesday saw P5-7 starting their new topic ‘Lifecycles, Inheritance, Survival and Extinction’ with an in-depth look into inherited genes. They used these to create Reebops using a Science box on loan from Stranraer Academy. Each Reebop was unique as it had a combination of shared genes from their mother and father – just as we do!

Music for All

Primary 5-7 headed off to the Ryan Centre this afternoon for a musical extravaganza, provided by the Stranraer Music for All team. House Captains Hamish and Carys provided a report of their time away –

This afternoon we went to the Music for All workshop at the Ryan Centre. When we got off the bus, we went into the theatre and sat down. There were two people playing instruments: Ron playing the guitar and Rachael playing the clarsach (a small harp).

They started with a few tunes then Rachael told us about her clarsach – she told us that it was made of Canadian wood and that the strings were made from cows guts. Then Ron and Rachael played some traditional Scottish songs while we played air harps along with them!

They finished off with some questions from the audience then a final song. We had a great afternoon!

UNCRC Article 31 – Right to take part in cultural and creative activities.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take any photos during the performance, but here is a photo of Rachael with her clarsach on the way out!

PC McGregor Visits Leswalt

Our new school community police officer, PC Amy McGregor, visited Leswalt Primary on Friday to introduce herself and discuss internet safety with the pupils.

First, she visited P1-4 and shared the book ‘Digi Duck.’ This told the story of a duck who shared a mean picture of his friend, the pig, online and everyone laughed at the pig. The Wise Owl helps the duck to realise that what he did was wrong. Pupils learned important things about friendship and being responsible online through this.

PC McGregor then headed into P5-7 to have a discussion about how pupils use the internet; which social media platforms they use; and how to stay safe and be responsible online. Pupils enjoyed a questions and answer session with her, all about her role as a police officer, helping us to learn more about the world of work.

Thank-you to PC McGregor for taking the time to visit us!

UNCRC Article 13 – Share what you think, unless it harms others; and Article 29 – Aims of education.

Super Scots Song and Verse from Cara, Colin and Hamish!


Last night, Cara, Colin and Hamish represented Leswalt Primary at the Stranraer and District Burns Club. Such Confident Individuals who did so well!

Hamish sang ‘The Lewis Bridal Song’ and was awarded 3rd equal place in the P6/7 singing category. Colin recited ‘The Kirk Moose’ by Lavinia Derwent in the P3-5 Recitation category, and did so with great gusto! Cara performed ‘Address to a Haggis’ by Robert Burns and was also awarded 3rd equal in the P6/7 recitation category.

It was a fabulous night, showcasing lots of local young talent. Many thanks must go to Mrs Jane Sloan for her piano accompaniment of Hamish.

Well done Cara, Hamish and Colin – we are very proud of you!


UNCRC Article 29 and 31

Feis Ros musical fun!

Feis Rois are back at Leswalt!

We were delighted to welcome back Paul and he brought Becky with him. Paul plays the guitar and Becky plays the harp.   We got the chance to listen to both instruments being played and learned the names of the different parts of the instruments.  We also tried to get our tongues round the Gaelic word for harp ‘clarsach’, it was tricky.

Over the next few weeks we are going on a ‘Tartan Tour’ of Scotland.  We will be visiting various parts of the country and  learning songs related to those places.  At the end of this block of work we might even have the opportunity to perform these songs to you.

We are very excited about our Tartan Tour, listen carefully at home and you might hear us humming or singing some new Scottish songs!

Tri-Golf with Stuart Fisher

We’ve been very lucky to have Stuart Fisher in school over the last 4 Fridays, delivering tri-golf lessons to each class. This was funded through the ‘Children’s Golf Trust.’ We learned about drivers and irons, and used these the hit the ball a distance. We also learned how to putt. Stuart had lots of fun activities and games set up for us to practise our new skills.

Thanks to Stuart for taking the time to come into school to deliver the session, we had great fun! Have a keek below at us in action!


Article 31 – we have the right to play

Article 15 – we have the right to join groups

Rugby Fun at Leswalt!

This afternoon, we had the pleasure of welcoming Neve and Niamh to lead us on the first of a block of rugby sessions!

We started with some fun warm-up games to get us moving and the heart rates up. Great fun – though admittedly a little on the muddy side! Working in small groups/pairs, the class enjoyed an activity-fuelled hour of exercise.

Mrs F tried to pre-empt the inevitable mud-fest by looking out some carrier bags, laying down newspaper for muddy shoes and dishing out old football shorts for those who had no change of clothes. Apologies to those at home though as there are a number of rather mud-encrusted children coming your way! Needless to say, old clothes, spare trainers and socks and a carrier bag to stash those filthy clothes in are, without a doubt, the way forward.

On the plus side, just take a look at the smiles on the photos below as the pupils had such a good time 🙂

Session two – next Tuesday!





Old clothes, spare trainers and socks and a carrier bag

Safer Internet Superstars!

Today was Safer internet Day, so we kicked off proceedings by joining together for an Internet Safety Assembly organised by Google ‘Be Internet Legends”. A big thank you to Mrs McHarg for signing our classes up to the online assembly as we listened and learned about protecting privacy, being informed and not falling for false scams and the importance of keeping passwords private! Now they know the do’s and don’ts – here’s hoping all pupils remember how to stay safe online!
Afterwards, our newly learned knowledge was put to the test with an online quiz which explained different scenarios and what we should do, we learned that parents, carers and teachers will always help if ever in a cyber crisis!!
We played a “guess the app” game which had been organised by our Digital Leaders, Daisy and Ewan-  and we had good fun with this round. Some of the app icons really got us thinking!
Back in class, P5-7s checked out the BBC Own It website by exploring the ‘Put your phone down and meditate’ section for a digital detox and Stop-Think-Send which encouraged everyone to think before they posted online – and what to do if they have said something they regretted or received something which upset them.  This is something which we have been talking about a lot in class recently and so hopefully pupils really found this session useful!
We reinforced this by sending a kindness email to a class buddy – just a nice way to communicate with someone! Everyone cc’d Mrs F into their emails so she could get a warm and happy glow from all the lovely things everyone was saying to one another!
Used safely – the internet is a wonderful place 🙂
Article 7 right to reliable info
Article 19 protection from harm
Article 34 protection from exploitation 
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