P6 Pope Francis School Project Week 4

We have been really busy in class organising the bags and doing loads of other stuff.

The crafters are making pencil cases with felt and thread.

The Fundraising group is making a powerpoint for Assembly and organising fun days!

The All Rounder’s are making posters and helping groups.

The Bag Packers are counting donations – please no more pencils!! We are in need of bags and spoons.

Thanks for all the donations! And all the support!

Toby, Matthew and Bernardas.

Primary 1 May Altar

Transfer to P1 and S1.- Catchment pupils.

Can we please reassure some of our families about the places they have applied for in regard to their children and their catchment school. If the primary or secondary you have applied for is your catchment school, you will not receive a letter confirming that place, but you do have a place. It is your catchment school so a letter is not necessary. Letters are only issued to those families who have applied for a school that is not their catchment school. We hope this clears things up a little.

Pope Francis Faith Award Week 3

The bag packers have been keeping track of donations. They are making sure there isn’t too many of one item coming in.

This week they have noticed we need more donations of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, shower caps, rulers, small balls, toothpaste and spoons please.

The publicity group are making a PowerPoint explaining in more detail about the backpack project following on from their visits round the classes.

The craft group have started to make pencil cases from felt that has been donated. They have cut out the patterns and are getting ready to sew the pieces together.

The fundraising group are busy organising an event to run during school time – more details to follow next week.

Thank you to everyone who has helped and donated so far. Please keep sending in donations, particularly the items listed above.

Toby and Matthew



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”


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