We are delighted to inform you that our wonderfully eco-friendly pupils have achieved the requirements for the RSPB School’s Wild Challenge Silver Award.
This builds on our earlier success of achieving our Bronze level status. We have now completed 12 wild activities to become a Wild Challenge silver award holder. There are two categories of challenge: Helping Nature and Experiencing nature. Our activities range from habitat making to Sensing the World. We care about our wildlife and our environment.
This year our boys and girls have decided to go green with their choice of Christmas crafts they have made to sell at our annual stall in our local Christmas Craft Fayre today.
The children have foraged for natural materials in our woods and have recycled a wide range of materials to make our crafts – from paper tubes to corks. Thank you to our families for donating the materials.
We are delighted to announce that the following festive treats will be available to buy on our stall:
Handmade Christmas crackers complete with a hat, a joke and a Christmas ornament
Cork and twig reindeer models
Hand painted clay Christmas tree ornaments
4 Seasons calendars with our own artwork designs
Family helpers volunteered their time to help run the café and craft stalls. Our responsible girls, also volunteered their time to set up and man the stalls. Maya, Lily and Ruby got busy baking and sold their very delicious delights by asking only for donations. Parents and families also donated home baking for the café. The bakes on offer were worthy of any Bake-Off contestant. I can personally vouch for this having sampled more than a few of the treats on offer! The leftover baking was distributed to older members of our community.
Despite the chilly weather, there was a good turn out at the fayre. The cafe raised an impressive £335.54 for the parent council. Maya, Lily and Ruby’s bake stall raised £31.25 and our pupil craft stall raised £56.00, giving a total of £87.25 for school funds. Very well done to everyone!
We will be sending a shopping list home for the remaining craft items, just in case we can tempt some home sales to boost our fundraising even more! 🙂
The boys and girls of Portpatrick Primary want to take care of our bird wildlife as the weather turns colder.
Everyone has been involved in making seed feeders for the birds. It was a bit of a messy process, but the children rolled up their sleeves and made feeders using pinecones and by shaping the seed/fat mix into balls with string attached to allow us to tie them to locations in our school grounds for the birds to enjoy.
Getting stuck into the mix:
It was an excuse to climb a tree or two to position our feeders for our feathered friends:
The children used the activity as an enterprise project and have worked out unit costs for each bird snack made. We have made enough extra to sell at the upcoming village craft fayre on the 27th of November. The boys and girls calculated an appropriate prices to produce a small profit. Every one sold will help raise funds for our wee school.
Pupils at Portpatrick Primary were busy again last week celebrating Book Week and participating in Anti-Bullying Week.
Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading, supported by Creative Scotland and SLIC. Children have enjoyed taking part in some of the online activities and celebrating the joy of books and reading. The upper class took part in the live lesson from engineers on sustainability linked to the story “Stop the litter”. The Roald Dahl Quiz was a hit- as always. This was followed by a competition testing children’s book knowledge by providing the blurb to some classic and favourite stories; the winner is the first to guess the title (Congratulations Izzy). The upper class also participated in this year’s writing competition. The story must feature a pair of wellies per the criteria, and we had some spectacular pieces written. The results will be announced in two weeks.
Children have also been taking part in this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which coincided with Book Week this year. The theme was “One Kind Word”. Through assemblies and classroom activities, we have been revising what bullying is, how to deal with it, what to do, and how it is related to Rights Respecting School. See below for pictures of odd socks, kind words, friendship handprints, a friendship survey, random acts of kindness, and children celebrating their individual and unique qualities.
As part of providing opportunities for Pupil Voice, our House Captains and Pupil Council rolled up their sleeves and helped organise this year’s Children In Need fundraising activities. Supporting charities and recognising the needs of others is part of our learning journey as a Rights Respecting School who supports Global Goals. Our event activities also align with World Children’s Day which is tomorrow.
Children in Need is a charity that provides grants and funding to projects based in the UK that have the aim of helping disadvantaged young people. This help comes in a wide variety of forms. For example, a lot of CIN’sinvaluable work involves supporting charities that help children who have been affected by poverty, disabilities, abuse, and mental health difficulties.
The boys and girls came to school dressed in their sporty clothing ready to take part in Joe Wick’s Five Minute Workouts throughout the day. We had a range of sporting activities represented from workout style to ballet dancers. The teachers also joined in ready to get active.
Ready for Action:
We earned our ‘Work It Out’ certificate from Joe Wicks:
# Health & Wellbeing
If you are feeling energetic, why not join in with Joe Wick’s at home here!
With the kindness and generosity of our families we were able to combine our Eco Goal of Recycling and Reusing by running a Bring & Buy sale of pre-loved toys and books. There were lots of smiling faces and enthusiasm to grab a bargain. Our older pupils applied their maths skills to organise a float, calculate change and count the total raised.
The sale is open!
# Successful Learners
In total, including donations from families and the sales of merchandise, our wee school has raised an impressive £170.10 which is fantastic for our wee school. Together, as a partnership, we raised a grand total of £523.28!
Very many thanks to everyone who contributed and supported the event in whatever way they could.
This weeks sees the start of the annual Anti-Bullying week. The theme for 2021 is ‘One Kind Word’.
Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. This is one of the reasons, that ‘One Kind Word’ has been chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week taking place from 15 to 19 of November 2021.
Miss Hayes’ class have been sharing many kind words with our community members as part of this event, and to also mark World Kindness Day. They have all written personal letters to the residents of Thorneycroft care home. We are sure their letters will certainly brighten the recipients day.
# Effective Contributors & Responsible Citizens
If you are interested in finding out more about Anti-Bullying week, here is a link to a parent/carer pack.
The pupils of Portpatrick Primary have been very motivated to mark the occasion of Remembrance Day, as we do each year.
The children have been selling poppies in school to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.
Both classes have been learning about Remembrance day through presentations and discussion. They understand the sacrifice that has been made by men and women of yesterday and today to protect our freedom.
The upper class made a wreath with Kim . This was constructed by reusing the bottoms of plastic drinks bottles to reduce waste and fixing them to chicken wire as a frame. The plastic bottles were spray painted red by Kim to look like poppies.
The whole school walked up to the village war memorial on the 11th of November to lay the wreath and and recite a poem as a mark of respect.
After what seems like forever, it was time to harvest our vegetables. We have grown our food organically, with no fertilisers or pesticides. The children gathered in our crop and we got stuck in making a big pot of soup to enjoy together.
Whilst the Royal Horticultural Society’s Big Soup Share is on hold this year, we thought we would have an impromptu ‘soup share’ of our own. The children enjoyed preparing the vegetables and making a big pot of soup for us to enjoy. It’s a great way to munch our way towards 5-a-day.