Category Archives: creativity

Christmas Windows

Christmas Window judging has taken place this week and below are the 1st,2nd and 3rd place windows in each school house group. A huge amount of hard work and creativity has gone into all the Christmas Windows around the town. Thank you to everyone that took part in this competition, it really has brought some festive cheer to the local community. Children that participated were presented with a selection box today and winners were presented with certificates and prizes. A huge thank you to Dalbeattie Lions Club in supporting the  school with this competition, providing prizes and selection boxes. A very generous donation of £200 has also been given to the school for school funds.


1st Jasper Burns. His fun depiction of a Grinch Father Christmas was imaginative and fun and was seen from a distance.  Lights for evening too.

2nd Winner is Lucy and Jack Johnstone. It showed how much Christmas is important to Lucy who wanted to come out and explain her Australian creation. Usually her family travelled every Christmas to family and she was very sad to miss going this due to the pandemic so she had her teddy in sunglasses on his deck chair by the backdrop seaside, Christmas tree, campfire, eucalyptus and Aussie beer. Lucy had put a lot of thought into the window display. Lights for night too.

3rd is Lucy Bell. We liked her traditional  cut out Christmas tree and fireplace with Father Christmas halfway up or down the chimney. It was lit with lights for a night show.


1st Katie Harper had Father Christmas and his Reindeers on the way to the Carrot family with lots of presents, twinkling night stars in the sky. Imaginative and filled the window.

2nd. Katie and Samuel Dickie. Their window was well lit. We liked their golden Christmas trees and Gingerbread houses and snowy scene with people.

3rd is Abigail Houston. Lovely silver circle twinkling with lights encircling a Christmas tree, candle lights and snowflakes falling all around. 


1st Fionnlagh and Isabella Docherty’s take on the Nutcracker be it ballet or story. Includes clockwork castle and traditional nutcracker figure. The window is framed with white scrolling.

2nd Nathan Stephen and Nicole Hartley. Father Christmas halfway down the chimney upside down and a snowman watching wide eyed  in the garden. Well lit in the evening.

3rd Mylo Farrimond. Lovely take with a Victorian style shop window.  Asking Santa to stop and see the gifts on offer. A beautiful, doll, car, shop wagon, rocking horse and Victorian set of shops, all lit up with fairy lights and hanging decorations.


1st Ossian Ferguson  – Santa’s Little Helpers – A ferris wheel and helter skelter Christmas Fairground with the little helpers having a party.

2nd Cameron and Connor Hitchell – With their cheery display of a smiling snowman surrounded by  presents and good wishes.

 3rd Andrew Kalotka – Giant snowmen climbing for the star on the top of the tree, and friendly  penguin. 

A few of the other pupils who took part in the competition with their selection boxes.

Scots Poetry Assembly 14.2.20

Today in assembly, we celebrated our Scots Poetry Competition work with certificates being presented to first, second and third place finalists. The first place winners then entertained the whole school with a recitation of their chosen poems. Today, also saw the visit of our guests from Dalbeattie Burns Club who judged not only the Primary 7 pupils who recited an excerpt from Robert Burns’ Tam O’ Shanter but also the art work, which depicted a scene from the same poem.

The results were: Primary 1: First – Corey Canochan;  Second- Henry Hicks;  Third- Sophie Geddes ;  Primary 1/2: First- Mollie Watson;   Second- Finlay Bell;  Third Equal:  Lexie Anderson and Evie McGougan;   Primary 2/3: First Equal- Jack Little and Amalie Wykes;  Second- Aidan Galbraith; Third Equal- Elise Wixon and Reuben Benson;   Primary 3: First- Lucy Johnstone;  Second- Katie Dickie; Third Equal- Rebecca Hird and Oliver Bonnar;   Primary 3/4: First- Anaya Nerestan;   Second- Isla Smith;  Third Equal-  Rory McCormick and Lucy Bell;  Primary 4/5: First- Ava Drummond;  Second Equal- Fern Lundy and Sam Donnelly; Third Equal- Ailsa Ferguson and Owen O’Dornan;    Primary 5: First- Chloe Campbell;    Second- Struan Caldow;  Third Equal- Hayden Berry and Elsie Gibbs-Brown;  Primary 6: First- Fabio Murray-Sanchez;     Second Jack Johnstone;   Third- Owen Bryson;    Primary 6/7 (photo to follow) : First- Eve McCall;  Second Equal- Liam Bourhill and Laith Atkinson Deacon;   Primary 7 Poetry Recitation of Tam O’ Shanter: First- Maddison McMurtrie;     Second- Thomas Jardine;  Third- Jessica Davidson; Primary 7 Poetry Art Work of Tam O’ Shanter: First- Rhys Gaffney;  Second- Carrie Davidson; Third- Amber Latimer.

Also in our assembly, Primary 4/5 drew the raffle for the completed Titanic Quizzes. The winner, receiving £10 was Lucy Simpson.  Our Primary 5 class was awarded with the Wow tracker Active travel to School Award. Finally, Roman Bond and Chloe Campbell reminded us all that the first day back after the February holiday (Monday 24th) will be Fairtrade Snack day with biscuits (shortbread with chocolate and jelly bean) costing 60p and bananas 40p. Pupils can buy two items each. All products used carry the Fairtrade logo. Proceeds from the snack will go to the Fairtrade foundation, in keeping with our targets to retain our ‘Fair Achiever School’ status.



Head Teacher’s Awards 7.2.20

Lots of deserving pupils were again awarded their certificates and prizes for their hard work, effort and positive attitude to their learning. Our photos show several successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Also pictured are all our young people who took part in the recent schools gymnastics competition.

Christmas in Church End of Term Service

Today, we celebrated the start of the Christmas holidays with another wonderful service in Dalbeattie and Kirkgunzeon Parish Church. The Primary 7s re-told the original First Christmas story, in a ‘Pop Up Nativity,’ with some help from the audience with actions and words and the Primary 3s dressed up as the original Nativity characters of Mary, Joseph, Angels, Wise Men and Shepherds. The whole congregation thoroughly enjoyed their audience participation, interspersed with some wonderful traditional carol singing.


Cinderella and Rockerfella

With audience participation from the outset – goodies to cheer, baddies to boo – and some very corny jokes, the stage was set for the tale of Cinderella and Rockerfella to unfold in the panto-style production at Dalbeattie Primary School. Fairy Nastyboots and Naughty Kitty were thwarted in their attempts to prevent Cinders and Rockerfella (Prince Charming) from falling in love. Luckily, the Fairy Brigade were there with a ‘Wey Hey Hey’ to save the day. The Ugly Sisters brought the house down with their duet of “I’m so in love with me!” Buttons entertained the audience with his limericks and his talking dog Teaser. A special thank you goes to Miss Dale and Holywood Primary School for the loan of backdrops and outrageous costumes. Thanks also to support staff and all family members who supported children, and to Kyle in S4 at Dalbeattie High School for his expertise with sound and lights. Mrs Anderson, Mrs McLean and Mrs Dyson were very proud of all pupils from Primary 3/4, Primary 4/5 and Primary 5 who had worked extremely hard to make the show a roaring success.


End of Term Assembly 2019

Dalbeattie Primary has just held another successful end of term assembly and awards. Prizes and awards were presented as follows:

Alistair Gourlay Art Prize-Winner was Evie McGougan. Runners up were Elise Wixon, Dylan Slack, Kai Hill, Darcey Frew, Isla Tattersfield, Ebony McMorran

Babsie Caig Primary 7 Role Model– Louise Kelting

Jenny Corrie Poetry Award- Grace Hurley

History Cup- Lily Davidson

Alan Younger Art Trophy- Amber Latimer

Lions Club Citizenship Prize- Winner was Katie Mein. Runners up were Emma Newbould, Anne Keeley, Kerri O’ Dornan, Jessica Bowden and Cara Houston.

Janice Jamieson Reading Award-Winner was Jennifer Taylor. Runners up were Keira Johnston, Isaac Gibbs Brown, Joy McCall and Samuel Havler.

Mc Shane Award for Effort- Evie Smallwood

Girls 300m Winner- Jennifer Taylor

Boys 300m Winner-Thomas Brown

Girls Champion Cup- Jennifer Taylor

Boys Champion Cup-Thomas Brown

The Taylor Shield for Best Sports House Team was won by Craignair and the House Points Trophy was won by Screel.

In addition to these awards, certificates and prizes were also presented to William Heughan Citizenship Prize winners: Elise Wixon, Amalie Wykes, Lucy Smith, Lexie Anderson, Jasmine Wixon, Robbie Wykes, Ruari Webster, Jennifer Taylor, Reece Latimer, Logan Carson, Jessica Bowden. The following also received certificates: Jude Mouat, Connor Hitchell, Cameron Hitchell, Ella Blaikie, Fallon McGimpsey, Rebecca Hird, Jessica Boynton,  Rory McCormick, Ebony McMorran, Katie Harper, Freya MacIntosh, Abigail Houston, Aoife Tallontire, Eilidh Tallontire, Fabio Murray Sanchez, Blair Kalotka, Amber Latimer, , Katie Mein, Emma Harper, Finlay Burns, Megan Oswald, Grace Hurley, Carrie Davidson.

Also presented later in the day were framed pictures to keep for Jennifer Taylor and Ebony McMorran, who had previously won the Library Mascot competition. These designs have now been enhanced using graphics and copies have been framed to display in school. The images, saved as jpegs, can now be used in the future on library certificates or prizes.

We were, however, sorry to be saying goodbye to  Miss Thomson, Miss Wilson and Miss Dalton.


P1/2 homework challenge

Last term P1/2 were learning all about materials.  The children were given a homework challenge to create an item using recyclable materials.  The children loved being able to show their items to the class as well as showcasing them to P1 and P2.  Thank you P1 and P2 for coming to see what we have made.   The children would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to the parents/families at home who helped the children create their pieces.


P1F Model Dinosaurs!!

On Tuesday afternoon we invited all our parents and relatives to come along and have some fun making a junk model dinosaur with us.  We started the afternoon with a song, which involved a little audience participation towards the end and then we got going making our models!   We had a fantastic time creating our original dinosaurs and Mrs Fitzsimmons was very impressed with all our ideas!  Thank you very much to all our parents and relatives for coming along to help us.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!!!

Technology Challenges

P3/4 and P4 have thoroughly enjoyed their technology challenges over the last two weeks. Week 1 involved the children making a car with wheels and week 2 was about creating a drawbridge with moving parts. The children have been working together to follow instructions and build their models and they particularity enjoyed using the saws to saw the wood. They had to measure out different lengths of wood and saw them carefully using the sawing stations in the classroom. The children are delighted with their finished products and we even had a race with the cars int he gym hall. Theo and Firth’s car won the race.