Today we held our Primary 1-3 sports, on a cloudy but dry day, out on the athletics grass area. The children were great and good fun was had by all. However, if anyone has some old fashioned style table spoons for the egg and spoon race, any donations would be much appreciated. We shall be dispensing with one or two after today’s races! We now look forward to Friday when we hope weather permits the Primary 4-7 Sports to go ahead. Thank you to all our parents and grandparents for coming along and for being great spectators too.
Today we welcomed our new Primary 1 children to a taster lunch event to try out our school dinners. This was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the kitchen staff for organising this important transition event for us. Later in the week we look forward to the children joining us again for our ‘moving up day’ on Thursday afternoon. Looking on were also our Primary 7 buddies. Our Primary 1 children will meet their buddies soon.
On Friday 31st May, we had our assembly in the Heughan Hall due to rain bringing the Queen of The South Football Coaching indoors to our own Primary Hall. Once more, we had many very deserving Head Teacher’ Award winners. We were also treated to a display by some of our recent gymnastic finalists. Also exciting was the presentation of certificates to our winners of the Horse Riding Competition.
We were treated today, in a special assembly, to a percussion instrument performance by musical instrument instructor Mr Duffy. Mr Duffy demonstrated drums and the electronic xylophone before inviting pupil, Carrie, to the stage to perform some of the drumming pieces she has been working on. At the same assembly, Bikeability Awards were presented to our recent participants. Certificates were also presented to our four gymnasts, who have recently competed at the Scottish Primary Schools Floor and vault Competition, held in Perth. Eva Swanston, Sophie McRobert, Abbie Millar and Lily McCubbin represented their school so well; they came 13th out of 23 teams at Level 2. Well done!
A new club has started up in Dalbeattie Primary School: Rota Kids Club meets once a month on a Friday afternoon in Dalbeattie Primary School. Rota Kids is a junior, school based, organisation linked with Rotary International and its aim is to fundraise and provide service to the local and international community. Our club has been set up and will be overseen by Mr and Mrs Cathro although the running of the club will be very much under the control of the members themselves. Recently the club members have elected their office bearers: president; vice president; secretary and treasurer.
On Saturday 27th April some of the members helped to give information about the new club at the main Dalbeattie Rotary Coffee Morning. They also challenged some of the members of the public with some games to raise money.
The school has just held its annual Easter Service in Dalbeattie and Kirkgunzeon Parish Church. After a welcome from Mrs Duncan, Primary 7 pupils re-told the Easter story followed by singing from the William Heughan Choir before the service was ended with some words and an Easter blessing from the minister Rev Fiona Wilson.
P1/2 have been very busy this week. We have had Sara in from RHET to show us how to make bread as part of our previous topic of Scottish food and traditions. We loved having this opportunity of learning to bake the bread, learning about the ingredients and even taking it home to eat. The children enjoyed having the smell of warm freshly baked bread in the classroom. We hope you were able to sample the bread your child brought home.
Here are today’s Award Winners. Also at Assembly, we celebrated the achievement of the Primary 7 Burns Club winners. We had recitations from Katie Mein and Joy McCall who were first and second places in the poetry section. Ruari Webster was in 3rd place. We also appreciated the art work from Willow Caldow, Kerri O Dornan and Myah Forster who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the art competition to depict a scene from Tam O Shanter. A group of ladies were also recognised for their achievement in coming third in a walking competition in which there were 400 entries. Well done to all!
Today in assembly, not only did we have more deserving Head Teacher’s Award Winners but we also celebrated the success of our Scots poetry finalists. In Primary 1-2, the runners up were Sophie Pennell, Evie McGougan, Cameron Hitchell, Aiden Edgar, Lucas Tattersfield, Katie Dickie, Jessica Boynton and Lucy Johnstone. The winners were Reuben Benson, Lucy Smith and Rory McCormick.In Primary 3-7, the runners up were Anaya Nerestan, Ailsa Ferguson, Fern Lundy, Elsie Gibbs-Brown, Daisy-May Gilmour, Ava Drummond, Jasmine Wixon, Liam Bourhill, Laith Atkinson Deacon, Fabio Murray-Sanchez, Thomas Jardine and Fraser Campbell. The winners were Lucy Bell, Sam Donnelly, Chloe Campbell, Jack Johnstone, Grace Hurley and Olive Lyons. The recent success at curling for Logan Carson was also highlighted. The Rev Fiona Wilson was also present.