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One Planet Picnic

Dalbeattie Primary has just held its One Planet Picnic, an initiative encouraged by Eco Schools Scotland to build awareness of locally sourced food items in order to help with working towards sustainability and reduction of our carbon footprint. For our ‘One Planet Picnic’ we not only created our own home baking using home grown produce but we encouraged the children to bring in their own morning snacks, which were locally sourced, to tell their classmates about at morning breaktime at ‘Snack  and Chat’ time. We are very grateful for everyone at home for supporting this event so well. We were amazed by the amount of snacks children brought which had been locally sourced in some way. There was everything from home grown apples and carrot sticks to items baked locally together with local cheese and pate. There were some wonderful ideas of things to bring in. Meanwhile, on the same day, the Eco Schools Group had been busy, along with Mrs Houston from the High School’s Hospitality Department, baking individuals carrot muffins using home grown vegetables. The cakes were delivered to the classrooms later on the same day for our pupils to enjoy,  following on perfectly from Mrs Duncan’s Harvest Assembly earlier in the day. Primary 6 also had a go at baking bread using some of their own home grown wheat.


Eco Schools News Round Up Term 1

Our Eco Schools work has been  a little different this term as we are keeping to working within our bubbles. As last year’s committees did not complete a year of work, we have continued with the previous committee members time being.  Recently the ‘upper school bubble’ has been working on a few projects. Over the term, we have harvested vegetables and set them out for parents and carers to make use of in return for donations. This was instead of making soup for the whole school, which would have been difficult due to current restrictions.  We raised £70 through this. The eco councillors have also been lifting last year’s Edina bulbs and re-planting them, re-filling the bird feeders and having a look through the outdoor curricular linked learning resources, paid for by a kind donation from Dalbeattie Rotary Club,  which have arrived so far.


School Grown Vegetables

Dear Parents and Carers
Please support our School Vegetable Growing!
This Thursday morning (and after school if any left) please come prepared with your bag together with some money to donate for some of our school grown vegetables. We have potatoes, carrots, onions and beetroot. Normally we use most of our vegetables into soup as part of our harvest celebrations. However due to restrictions around staying within our bubbles, it isn’t practical to make and serve soup to the whole primary school s we would normally do this also with High School help. On Thursday morning, the vegetables will be laid out on a table and trolley in the circular tar area and  (inside the pedestrian access from Haugh Road.) People can help themselves to however much they want and are asked to put their donations in the honesty box (tub.) First come, first served. The potatoes taste nice but are perhaps a little late for treating as ‘new’ but would be better mashed.

School Re-Opening Information

We are looking forward to welcoming back all our young people into school this week, on Wednesday.  (Primary 1 children will have been in for a short visit on Tuesday afternoon before they also start school on Wednesday- see separate email to parents/carers with invitation.)

Attached is the information for the safe re-opening of our school. In order to adhere to guidelines, we have made changes to many of our arrangements and this is all detailed in the attached letter. We realise school will not ‘feel normal’ for some time as we go through the ‘recovery phase’ but if we all work together as a team and support each other,  we hope we can return to everything being back to usual in terms of school arrangements and activities, in the near future.

Reopening Information for Parents 10.8.20 pdf

Bitmoji Staff Scavenger Hunt

Dalbeattie saw lots of new activity for the last week of term. Many of our young people and their families, as well as staff, were out enjoying exercising on their bikes, scooters and feet, around the, ‘Staff Bitmoji Town Trail.”

Armed with an orienteering map, marked with 29 Bitmoji locations, spread all around the town, the challenge was not only to find them, but to guess who the member of staff was. This really got folks thinking, and as many said, “It was tricky to work out who was who.” All who took part reported it was great fun, as it gave, “the whole family a good reason for getting out and about.” Someone even said, “I hope this might be something the school does again, as it’s been really good.”

The highest score for correct identifications, with 28/29, were the Donnelly and the Whalen families, who did some of the trail zooming around the town on their bikes and having fun together.Lots of others were close behind them.Well done all who took part.

And thank you Mrs Gray and all the staff team for organising such a fun and successful activity. We also want to thank Tim & Helen O’ Donoghue from Solway Orienteers, for their invaluable work providing us with a high quality map.”  

Families are also reminded that if they want another trail to do over the holidays, the link on the school blog, to the ‘Woodland Walk Photo Challenge’ is still available,  on a separate post with photos of participants so far, but  don’t scroll down too far in the post as the answers have now been posted! A further town trail has also been added. The  P1/2  Summer Walk Quiz is now available to all further below.

Two other town trails are still available for over the holidays:

Woodland Walk Photo Quiz

P12 Summer photo walk

A Message From Your New Teachers

We hope you have all now heard about your new class teachers for next year as these were sent out last week in emails to your parents/ carers.  Your new teachers are delighted to have received letters from you as part of our transition process this year. The summer holidays are now nearly here and we are all looking forward to welcoming you back in August, whether that is all together or in a blended model. This will be confirmed early in August when a final decision is made by the Scottish Government regarding conditions being met for school re-opening for all of us together, every day.  In the meantime, we hope you have a lovely summer holiday but just before you go, your new class  teacher(s) would like to share  a little message with you. Please scroll below for your class to see a photograph and read a short message from your new teachers.

Primary 1: Mrs Fitzsimmons

Hello P1!  Mrs Fitzsimmons here!  I am really looking forward to meeting you in August and teaching you all.  I hope you have seen some of the videos on the Blog and had a look at your new classroom and our huge open area we like to play in!  I have really enjoyed reading your ‘All bout me’ information and watching your ‘Moving on from Nursery’ video and I can see lots of faces I recognise.  In P1 we work hard but we also like to have a lot of fun! We like to sing and dance, make things, listen to stories and play with all our friends in our class and P1/2 in the open area.  It will feel a bit different coming back after the long break but all the staff will be here to help you settle back in.  See you in August!

Primary 1/2: Miss Holman and Mrs Howie


Miss Holman                                      Mrs Howie

We are Miss Holman and Mrs Howie. We will be your class teachers. We know that the Primary 1 boys and girls have not been able to visit their classroom and meet us. However, we hope that you have been able to see the videos and look at the booklet on the school blog. These contain information that we hope will make you feel welcome and help you to know a little more about the school and your classroom. We also have some Primary 2 children in our class, and we know that they will welcome you and help you to settle in. We have all been out of school for a long time and we will take out time to make sure you are all happy and settled. We cannot wait to meet you and get to know you all.

Primary 2/3: Mrs  R McLean 

Mrs Mclean

Hello Primary 2/3. I am Mrs Mclean and this is a photograph of me sitting on my horse Millie. In my spare time I enjoy riding and looking after her. I am really looking forward to meeting you after the summer holidays and finding out more about you and what you like to do. I have read your letters to me and I think I am going to be a very lucky teacher having you all in my class. See you soon!👩🐴’

Primary 3: Mrs Stephenson and Miss Kirkpatrick


            Mrs Stephenson                                   Miss Kirkpatrick

Hi everyone,
I’m really excited to be moving back to P3 and working with Miss Kirkpatrick next year and can’t wait to see you all in August. It’s great that I am able to take some of my P2s with me and I know that we will all help each other to settle in, make new friends and have lots of fun together. I’m really looking forward to meeting those of you coming from Mrs McLean’s class too and finding out all about you. I hope you have a super summer and I’ll see you soon!
Mrs Stephenson
Hello boys and girls,
My name is Miss Kirkpatrick and I will be one your new teachers in primary 3.  I will be with you on a Monday, Tuesday and part of Wednesday.  I am really looking forward to meeting you all in August and getting to know all about you.  Thank you for the letters that some of you sent us.  I already know quite a few of you because I have taught some of your older brothers and sisters.  I am really looking forward to sharing our class with Mrs Stephenson too.  I think we will all be a great team and have a happy year in P3.  We have both been in school getting your new classroom all nice and tidy and set up for you arriving in August.
I live at home with my partner and my two children, Freddie and Indie. Freddie is 6 this week and Indie is almost 5.  I love to spend my spare time going for long walks to keep fit.  My children sometimes cycle beside me while I jog! I also love shopping! That is definitely my favourite pastime!
I am really looking forward to seeing you all looking smart and ready to go in August. I hope you have a lovely summer and have lots of fun.
See you soon,
Miss Kirkpatrick

Primary 4: Mrs Anderson

Dear Boys & Girls, Parents and Carers,                                                                    Thank you for your lovely letters. I am really looking forward to meeting you all after the holidays and getting to know you.                      I hope you have been enjoying the outdoors, like me. I have walked up the Moyle Hill several times, been doing lots of cycling around the roads and mountain biking in the forest, to keep fit.                                        I am hoping the weather will be good when we return to school so we can get outside for some of our lessons.                                                          I hope you all have a fantastic holiday and I will see you in August.        Kind regards                                                                                                                        M Anderson

Primary 4/5: Miss Morrison and Mrs J McLean


Miss Morrison                                            Mrs J McLean

Hello Boys and Girls,
Thank you so much for all your wonderful letters! I really enjoyed reading them,  learning a little bit about you all and seeing your lovely photos! I’m really looking forward to teaching you next year alongside Miss Morrison. I will be in your class all day on a Tuesday and on a Wednesday morning until break time. I hope you all have a fantastic summer holiday! I look forward to meeting you all in August! Mrs McLean
Hello Primary 4/5,
My name is Miss Morrison and I will be your new teacher this year. I can’t wait to meet you all and get to know you! I know it has been a long time since you were all in a classroom learning but I’ll be there to help you settle back into school and hope that you are as excited as I am. Don’t worry if you are feeling nervous as we will all be able to support each other and get used to the school routine again (and try to have some fun). I’m new to the school so I will need your help to settle in too. I’m really looking forward to seeing you all in August!

Primary 5: Mrs Dyson

A big hello from Mrs Dyson! Thank you to everyone who sent me a wee letter to introduce themselves. I met you all during our show rehearsals, but it really was a treat to read your letters and learn more about your interests at home and at school. I love teaching Primary Five and I know that we are going to have a fantastic year together! I have lots of favourite subjects at school. I especially enjoy teaching programming skills. In Primary Five, we’ll code animations, games and robots using Scratch, Lego WeDo and Micro:bits. Can you work together to solve the challenges? I enjoy teaching Spanish and look forward to welcoming you with a smiling “¡Hola!” each morning. Have a great holiday everyone. Stay safe, have fun and take time to relax! See you all soon!

Primary 6: Mrs Lumsden and Mr Caldow


Mrs Lumsden                                            Mr Caldow

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing okay. I cannot wait to meet you all properly and be your teacher next year. I know the holidays are going to be a little bit different but I hope you enjoy them and I shall see you in August ready for the adventure that is primary 6!
Take care and see you soon
Mrs Lumsden x
I am sure you all know me well by now as  I have taught you already. However, I am looking forward to teaching you again,  in August,  in our Primary 6 classroom!
Mr Caldow
Primary 6/7: Mrs Campbell

Hello, I am Mrs Campbell and I am very much looking forward to meeting you all in P6/7 after the summer holidays. 
I live in Castle Douglas and have three sons and a daughter. I love animals and I worked as a vet a few years ago before I became a teacher, I have a dog called Rosie and a cat called Freddie.
I enjoy keeping fit, with long walks, cycling and also playing cricket. I also love listening to all different kinds of music, and singing too!
I can’t put down a good book, and love to potter in my garden and doing fun things with my family and friends.
Have a great Summer holiday, I am looking forward to seeing everyone in August.
Primary 7: Miss Clendinning

Miss Clendinning

Hi new Primary 7,

As most of you already know, I’m Miss Clendinning and I will be teaching you in Primary 7. Click::   HERE

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I hope you have all stayed safe and well during lockdown and are looking forward to coming back to school. Primary 7 is such an exciting year with lots of new responsibilities and experiences and I can’t wait to get started with you all in August. See you all soon!
Mrs Wixon:  Teacher
Hello everyone,
I hope you are all well and have remained safe. Just wanted to let you all know that I am very much looking forward to seeing you after the Summer, hopefully refreshed and raring to go.
Many of you will have seen me or been taught by me over the past 12 years of being at Dalbeattie, and this year will be no exception, whether in groups, or in my capacity as a supply teacher as well.
I have enjoyed some quality time with my two girls, Jasmine and Elise, during lockdown and look forward to resting in the holidays and taking our new puppy Fern for lots of walks.
See you all soon and have a great Summer whatever you do.

Mrs Harris:  Art Teacher

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone in August & have loved seeing some of the art work you have been doing during the last few months.   I hope that you all have a fantastic holiday and have lots of adventures in and around the beautiful area that we live in. Take care Mrs Harris


Mrs Gray:  PE Teacher

Hello girls and boys,
I have had such an amazing time seeing the photos and videos lots of you sent me of at home PE.
You have given me so many fantastic and fun new ideas.
Thank you.
I am really excited to see you all again after the summer, for lots of active and fun learning together.
I will enjoy being out on my bike in the summer holidays. And at the beach walking, climbing and playing with my family.
I hope you all have lots of happy outdoor fun with your families too.


Woodland Walk Photo Quiz

It has been lovely to see some of you taking part in this activity. If you haven’t already planned to do so, please consider fitting this outdoor learning activity into the remaining weeks of school term.  If you scroll further down this blog page, you will find the link to open the trail and quiz.  I shall not be revealing the answers until Wednesday 1st July but here are some pictures meantime, of some folks enjoying the fresh air in Dalbeattie Town Wood.

Woodland Walk Photo Quiz

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their pictures and answers. Please don’t look at the answers further below if you still want to do the challenge… Remember you could do it any time in the summer holidays.

So here are the answers and yes, those rods were tricky!

  1. Walking and cycling
  2. Gulls, Herons, Ducks, Grebes
  3. 36
  4. 12
  5. 3
  6. A Way To Look For Light
  7. Shaky Jakey
  8. 2
  9. 3
  10. Scots Pine
  11. 22nd October 1992
  12. 20cm