Mary’s Meals Earthquake Relief Fundraiser
We wanted to say thank you for your contribution our school fundraiser. We made a plan to hold a fundraising event on Weds 8th March including basket-ball tournament, café, bake sale, bric-a-brac sale, games & craft activities, ukulele sing-along, non-uniform day, a raffle to be held on the day and a longer-running Easter raffle to be drawn on 27th March. We decided that funds would go to Mary’s Meals, a charity already working in Syria to feed children. Pupils in particular liked the idea that they were fundraising to help other children. Once the date and time were decided, we set about allocating tasks, asking for support and spreading the word around the community – posters, flyers, emails, word of mouth!
We had a fantastic day! As well as raising funds for the earthquake appeal, it was great to be able to have a community event in school again after so long. So good to see everyone; so good to have the primary and secondary pupils working together; but best of all, so good to see the children/young people enjoying themselves whilst raising funds for such a good cause.
Our ‘finale’ took place on 27th March when we drew the Easter raffle and presented a cheque to Mary’s Meals. In all, we raised £1070.00! It’s a fantastic sum and has only been possible due to the help and support of people like you!
A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event – we had a fantastic day! As well as raising funds for the earthquake appeal, it was great to be able to have a community event in school again after so long. So good to see you all; so good to have the primary and secondary pupils working together; but best of all, so good to see the children/young people enjoying themselves whilst raising funds for such a good cause.
At the time of writing (9th March), monies counted so far total over £900.00! We’ve had some great donations – financial, as well as contributions for the raffle which runs until 27th March. There’s still time to get tickets from the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org/01644 430259) – £50.00 first prize and a lot of other goodies to be won!
The raffle for Lorna’s beautiful cake was won by Mrs Gillies; Sophie in P3 named the Lindt bunny ‘Topsy’ which was closest to its name of ‘Mopsy’; Miss Tranter thought that there were 164 eggs in the jar, which was the closest guess to the 171 total; team Charlie M, Oscar & William won the basketball tournament.
Dumfries and Galloway Regional Youth Choir is back!! After the long period of disruption caused by Covid we are rebuilding this superb group and are looking for new members. The Choir has been going now for nearly 20 years and is open to anyone from current S2 (rising S3) to S6 who enjoys singing.
The music that we sing covers a wide selection of musical styles, ranging from Musical Theatre, Pop, Classical and Jazz, as well as music from Scotland and further afield in the world. You do not have to audition – everyone is welcome and it is absolutely free.
Rehearsals will take place in Minerva Hall, Dumfries Academy on Sundays 29th May and 12thJune, with a free concert that day at 6pm at St. John’s Church, Lovers’ Walk, Dumfries.
We have an active twinning link with the Choir of the Humboldt Gymnasium, Germany and regularly have residential rehearsals and events in both the UK and abroad.
Please see the attached letter for details, and application form for completion.
More information about the choir, along with photos and videos, can be found on their facebook page or speak to Mrs St. Joseph.
The school is very excited to take part in a nation wide growing project over the next few months. The are 500 schools taking part, of which 100 have been selected to receive specialist growing equipment to take part in a national collective experiment.
We are very excited to be part of this project and the primary transition class will also be invited to take part.
The project has also given both primary and secondary schools a large amount of seed potatoes and we are keen for the children to take some home and grow them in their gardens or containers. We only ask that they share their growing journey by taking pictures of their potatoes at each stage through to harvest.
In the autumn, we intend to celebrate our achievements with a harvest assembly where the pupils can share their growing successes.
Wednesday 22nd Dec was the last day of term in 2021. The secondary pupils celebrated the end of term with a range of activities. The main even was the church service, but with Covid restrictions there were no family members or primary pupils present. There were several musical performances from pupils, carol singing and a short message from Dr Bartholomew reminding us of the meaning of Christmas.
After the service the pupils returned to the school and spent the rest of the day enjoying a range of activities including board games and crafts.
It was a challenging term with rising infection levels and restrictions continuing but we pulled through it together.
The pupils and staff are looking forward to a new year where hopefully things will improve. The senior pupils are already preparing for prelims and looking towards their final exams. Perhaps this will be the year where things return to normal.