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Queen’s 90th Birthday Quiz

Queen 90 Birthday

To mark the occasion of the Queen’s 90th Birthday, the school is participating in a Stewartry weekend of celebrations on 11th and 12th June (co-ordinated by Lord Lieutenant Sir Malcolm Ross) by organising a quiz in the local community. 30 shops are going to be displaying giant ’90’ collages, which have been made by the children in school. On each collage, there will be an answer to a question on the quiz sheet- quiz sheets can be purchased in advance from many shops and businesses within the town and direct through school. The quiz costs £1 and proceeds will go two of the charities for which the Queen is a patron: Barnardos and Actions for Children. We are very grateful for the tremendous support the local community has shown for this event. Not only have the shops, organisations and businesses agreed to display the collages but their generosity in donating prizes has been amazing.

Prizes: Rotary Club £50 cash prize * Ian Bendall Undertakers £50 cash prize * Stewartry Vets   £25 cash prize * Dalbeattie Museum £25 cash prize * Lions Club—£20 book shop voucher x 5 * D.G Lockharts-£25 book token * Luigis Restaurant £20 voucher * GGB Bottle Champagne * Flowers For You– plant * McKenzies TBC * Complete Insurance Solutions – £10 voucher *   Supersave TBC * Idlehour – Yankee Candle * Bible Shop Child’s Bible * McCowans -voucher *   Neilsons Butchers -Mixed grill for two voucher * Granite Kitchen -voucher* Best Pizza Kebab Shop -12” pizza * TH Carsons Butchers- £10 voucher* Dalbeattie Book Shop– 2017 Calendar and jigsaw * Well Pharmacy TBC * Bryan Gowans TBC * Hair and Beauty Gallery – £10 voucher* De-Caf Cafe– voucher* Lily’s Chocolate Shop TBC

Other participants displaying 90s and selling quizzes:   Corsons Bakery,   Austins Solicitors, J Paterson & Sons,   Dalbeattie Community Initiative Office, VIP,  Preloved, Trends 

QUIZ can be undertaken on 10th, 11th or 12th June . Completed entries to be posted through Dalbeattie Community Initiative door at 71 High Street by  9am Monday 13th June when correct entries will be drawn for the prizes listed above.

On Friday 10th June, the school is also pleased to be taking part in DGFirst’s region wide theme day to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday when there will be lots of goody bags and the dessert will be Royal cupcakes!


Run Doon Hame Five Capitals Challenge

Dalbeattie Primary School has been delighted to support the Run Doon Hame charity run today in school. The children have come to school in  non uniform and donated  £1 each for a wrist band. Then in the afternoon, the school children gathered in Colliston Park to welcome the runners as they continued on their journey. The team of five runners, all policemen, were greeted by the children before answering questions about their challenge. We found out that the challenge is to run 732 miles in one  week, visiting five capital cities. The challenge started in London and will end in Edinburgh on Sunday 29th May when the team will then take part in the Edinburgh Marathon. They have raised over £7000 so far which will go to the charities ‘Westsound Cash For Kids’ and ‘Care of Police Survivors.’ Today, in school the children raised £343 to add to this. Well done and thank you to everyone for supporting this!

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World Orienteering Day

Wednesday 11th May was World Orienteering day. Solway Orienteers visited Dalbeattie Primary School and organised an orienteering maze and other fun challenges. Pupils from P5-P7 all participated in this event.

Photos below show  P7C participating on the day and extending their knowledge and skill levels in orienteering.

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P5/6 Japanese Food tasting

Today we had Mrs Ross come and cook for us! She made some fantastic Japanese stir fry food with Udon noodles. We then had traditional Japanese pancakes with fresh fruit and cream. We loved it! We also tasted Wasabi peanuts and seaweed crackers which were very spicy!

We all had a great time and we would like to thank Mrs Ross for taking the time to cook for us, we thoroughly enjoyed it!

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140 Anniversary Events Round Up

Thursday 5th May saw the 140th Anniversary of Dalbeattie Primary School. To mark the occasion, the children re-enacted a parade  similar to one captured in 1901 ( in black and white footage,  available on the BFI website.) The children paraded down from in front of  the school’s iconic bell tower. This was kindly filmed by Sam Kelly from Kirkcudbright. It has been uploaded to YouTube and has already had nearly 2000 viewings. In the film, the children can also be seen wearing commemorative badges, which they were gifted to mark this important occasion in the school’s history. The film is available through link on the school’s blog and on its facebook page.

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On this day, the children also enjoyed some very special cupcakes, thanks to our very kind kitchen staff.

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Then on Saturday, 7th May, the school continued its celebrations by opening its doors for a ‘Victorian Afternoon Tea.’ This was made possible by wonderful baking from Mrs Houston and Dalbeattie High School’s Hospitality department (see previous post of the preparations involving our own P7 pupils) together with our own Parent Council who prepared the sandwiches, teas and coffee. We are also very grateful to Peter Wilson Walker of Caterbirds for the use of crockery. Also on the day, there was a range of other activities. The School’s History Book publication was also celebrated and free copies were available to pick up. This book is available at no cost thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the William Heughan Associated Special Trust.(Don’t worry if anyone does not yet have a copy- they are still available at Dalbeattie Museum; the Museum will also be posting them to anyone who requests one, provided P&P costs are covered. Information on P&P rates will be given on Dalbeattie Museum’s website in the near future.) Also at our Afternoon Tea, Mrs Pettigrew brought along her popular collection of photographs and these were much appreciated along with other school albums, previously unseen at our other recent two events. Another big highlight, however, was the ‘Victorian Photo Booth Experience!’ Member of school staff, Jill Blackwood and her wardrobe assistant Mrs McConnell, took group photos of families wearing Victorian costumes.

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These photos are being published in sepia effect and e-mailed to the people who took part.We are extremely grateful to Birchvale Theatre, Fullarton Theatre and Dumfries Museum who kindly loaned the school costumes and props for this event. Other special mention must be made to all our staff helpers, who helped to decorate the hall and prepare and serve food on the day. We have very talented staff at Dalbeattie Primary. Look how our office staff changed into a new role to welcome people to our Victorian Afternoon tea!

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The day was a huge success with over 230 people taking afternoon tea and enjoying reminiscing as they wandered round our old granite buildings. Special thanks also need to go to Dalbeattie Museum and Dalbeattie Community Initiative’s VIP for selling tickets,  our own school kitchen, our parent and pupil helpers, the members of the History of School Research project, the people who donated items and all the folks who came along on the day! Mrs Duncan and Mrs Howie say a very big Thank you to all involved!

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Afternoon Tea Preparations

Six P7 pupils worked alongside pupils from Dalbeattie High School  to make the scones, cakes and tray bakes for our Anniversary Afternoon Tea. The children worked collaboratively under the guidance and supervision of Mrs Houston from Dalbeattie High School. Thanks you to Mrs Houston and the class from  Dalbeattie High School for the support with this event.

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