Pupils and staff at Dalbeattie Primary wore their Christmas jumpers to school today and had a fun day celebrating the count down to the school holidays. There were a wide range of styles and design on show throughout the school with some children creating and designing their own jumpers and adding lights, baubles and tinsel to add that extra bit of sparkle. Everyone looked very festive in their Christmas attire.
Dalbeattie Primary was delighted to have a visit from representatives from the RDA (Riding For The Disabled) at our assembly on Friday 11th December. Sue Gourlay from Barend presented some of our young people with certificates to celebrate their passing ‘Level 1 of Riding Practical and Knowledge Skills.’ Two other children, who have only started riding recently were awarded certificates for endeavour. The school is very grateful to Barend Riding School and to the RDA which is a charitable organisation and to its volunteers. The RDA provides a wonderful opportunity for our young people to learn new skills and to develop a relationship with horses.
Roots of Empathy
Mrs Dunlop’s P3 Class have just finished ‘Crying’, the 2nd of the 9 Themes of our Roots of Empathy Programme. The programme aims to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. By learning to understand other people’s feelings, as well as our own, we hope to reduce levels of bullying and aggression and promote children’s pro-social behaviours.
Sandy Brown, Family Learning Co-ordinator, is facilitating the programme with the help of a local family – Baby Jack and his Mum, Lisa Ashton, who kindly volunteered to visit the class 9 times between October and June. Baby Jack and Mum Lisa have now visited the class twice, and the children have been learning about human development, feelings, and temperament by observing Jack, asking questions, and studying the loving relationship that is growing between mother and child.
‘Let’s Cook from Scratch’
Seven P6 & 7 Pupils, 1 Grandmother, 1 Dad and 5 Mums have been participating in 6 x Family Learning ‘Let’s Cook from Scratch’ after school taster sessions. Richard Lines from the NHS Health Improvement West Team ran the sessions.
Families discussed basic kitchen safety, practiced safe knife skills, prepared raw ingredients, learned several core cooking methods and made healthy nutritious meals using fresh ingredients. They were all challenged to prepare and cook at least 1 of the dishes, made during the sessions, for their families, and share their feedback about the experience to the group.
All 7 pupils are keen to arrange more sessions to build their knowledge and skills, and confidently help their parents prepare and cook nutritious meals at home.
On Thursday 26th November, Dalbeattie Primary School held its annual Christmas Fayre. The fayre took place in the school hall and surrounding classrooms. Stall holders from the local community joined this event selling a wide variety of Christmas produce. All classes participated in the fayre selling Christmas crafts,refreshments or offering people the opportunity to take part in some fun Christmas games. Thank you to everyone who supported the event. Funds raised will go to individual classes and the school fund to provide resources and support school developments.
Hamper Raffle Prizes
A few of the stall holders preparing their stalls on the night.
Refreshments and Bake Sale provided by P7.
Nine Primary Seven pupils were picked to play for and represent Dalbeattie Primary School at this regional (Dumfries District) event today at Palmerstone Arena in Dumfries. The event was a qualifying round for the SFA Soccer Sevens competition that runs throughout Scotland. The team represented the school very well and showed fantastic sporting behaviours and attitudes. The boys were a credit to the school, parents and coaches Mr MacDougall and Mr Cathro.Dalbeattie Primary P7 Soccer Sevens Team.
Friday 13th was the day for a very successful fundraiser at Dalbeattie Primary where the proceeds were divided between Children in Need and The Janice Jamieson Memorial Trust Fund. Pupils enjoyed having a non uniform day and brought in £1 each. Some children chose to dress up as superheroes or as champions. ‘Champions’ was also the theme of an extra ‘Sports Champion’ anagram quiz. Our pictures show some of the children in their superhero or sports champions outfits. Our 11 school councillors are pictured with an array of Pudsey prizes before presenting them to 4 lucky winners, Emma Newbould, Finlay Burns, Amie McKerrow and Rhuari Webster. Money going to the Janice Jamieson Memorial Trust Fund will be used to sponsor a young person through his/her education in Malawi.
Karate and Gymnastics Champions
Motorsport, Curling, Boxing and Cycling Sports Heroes
The Champion Knight
Winners of the sports anagram quiz.
On Friday 30th October pupils had the option to dress up in Halloween fancy dress to come to school. Our Parent Council also held a fun Halloween disco for the whole school. Below are some pictures from the day and disco.
Primary Six all set to spook and scare!
A few scary faces here.
How frightening do these boys look???
Halloween characters hit the dance floor.
On Thursday 29th October Dalbeattie Primary School hosted the ‘Beat the Street’ presentation event for the community of Dalbeattie. It was a pleasure to welcome Sue Ingham from Intelligent Health to school to share information about the impact of the event on Dalbeattie and to present prizes. Thank you to all those who attended the event. Well done to everyone in Dalbeattie who took part in Beat the Street.
House and Sport Captains accepting trophies on behalf of Dalbeattie Primary School.
Dalbeattie Primary has been celebrating Harvest time with a new approach this year…and it certainly had all the pupils completely engaged! Two of the teachers, Mrs Dawes and Mrs Burn were willing participants in a game of Ready Steady Cook. Head Teacher Mrs Duncan set the challenge by presenting each candidate with a selection of vegetables or fruit. While the green pepper contestant’s dish of vegetables arranged as a scarecrow’s face did prove very popular with the pupils, it was the red tomato contestant who won the challenge; the children voted for her ‘Seasonal fruit Salad.’
The challenge, although fun, reminded the children about being thankful for our harvest and the assembly was made complete with harvest songs and a prayer of thanks.
Mrs Dawes and Mrs Burn both hard at work.
Mrs Duncan shows the winning ‘Seasonal Fruit Salad’ to the pupils.