On Thursday we were lucky enough to have a visit from Ian Alexander from Dumfries Science Fair. The topics covered in the show were ‘how things go’. We learned about forces and how things move. We learned about Gravity, push, pull and air pressure through some fun experiments and demonstrations.


using static electricity

the ball was being ‘pushed’ round

we were all listening carefully

P6 Pope Francis School Project

We are currently sorting out fundraising days for the school. We are half way through packing the bags for the less able children in Africa.

In the Primary 6 class they are working with Mary’s Meals to help the children of Africa to learn and live a life not having to worry about their education. Primary 6 are helping Mary’s Meals to work towards their Pope Francis Faith Award school project (Mary’s Meals backpack project).

We would be grateful if you could donate any of the items listed on posters around school and in office window. The donation boxes will be at the back of St Andrew’s church and at the door of Primary 6 classroom (all donations have to be in by 20th May)

Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Toby Little and Matthew Reid

on behalf of Primary 6


Amazing Reading!

Our P7 bookworm Callum is celebrating the outstanding achievement of reading over 2 million words in his accelerated reading books this year.  WOW!! Callum is already busy working on his next million!


Questionnaire coming to your in-box soon!

As part of our attempt to communicate with as many of our families as possible, you will soon receive a very brief on-line questionnaire from the school. This will be sent to the e-mail address you have supplied to the school. This questionnaire helps us to gauge progress in some aspects of our school and learning. We would appreciate you taking the few minutes required to fill it in. All replies come directly to Mr. Valentine. If you have not supplied us with an e-mail address you can pick up a copy of the questionnaire from the school office towards the end of next week.

International Table Tennis Success

One of our pupils, Shannon , enjoyed international table tennis success over the Easter break. Shannon was part of the Scottish national schools team that took part in the Primary Schools International Championships in Cardiff. At the end of the championship Shannon left with two medals, a silver and bronze. We want to add our congratulations to Shannon’s success and thank her for representing us all so well.

Data Handling

P2 are learning about collecting and displaying information. We used 2simple to make a graph yesterday and today we took our learning outside. We ‘collected’ our information from the forest and displayed it in a graph.

We then used the information to answer questions and even made some of our own up!

“Sticks are the best”

“I didn’t see any feathers, that must have been the only one”

“There are more sticks than anything else… I wonder how many altogether?”

We had to do some tricky maths to work that out …24 + 16 +15

“55, there are 55 sticks altogether”


Design and Technology Transition Day at St Joseph’s

On Thursday 30th March P7 went across to St Josephs to complete a design project.  The used a computer graphics programme to create a 3D image of their pencil holder to exact dimensions and experimented with the software to change the colour, material and shape of their design.  They then created the pencil holder in the technical department.  They got to use lots of tools and equipment that they would normally not experience until 1st year so it was a fantastic opportunity.  Everyone came up with their own unique design from wolves, to sharks or unicorns.  We even had an aptly named Designosaurus! Well done to the St Joseph’s staff who made this possible for us. The children have been so enthusiastic about the day as I’m sure you will have heard!  There was even the chance to meet and have lunch, chats and football with some of the children from St Columba’s and St Teresa’s who will also be starting S1 in August.

Easter Thoughts

With the end of term today, all at St. Andrew’s would like to wish everyone a happy and holy Easter when it comes.

Car Park- New One Way System

All families will be receiving information this week about the new one way system being created in our car park over the Easter holidays. We would appreciate it greatly if you would take the time to read it. We would also appreciate you passing on the information to any other friends and family who may occasionally pick up your child.

P3 Victorian Celebration of Learning

Many thanks to all our family members that managed to make it along today to our Celebration of Learning. The children were great at sharing lots of information about the Victorian period. I think you will agree that they have really improved their presentation skills. We also  hope you may have learned or tried out something new too ( the gruel  was even enjoyed by some!) Enjoy some pictures from the afternoon.

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